Tanks at the Iron Curtain 1960-75

Tanks at the Iron Curtain 1960-75

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A new analysis of the technology and tanks that faced off against each other on opposite sides of the Iron Curtain, during the very height of the Cold War.

From the 1960s onwards, there was a generational shift in tank design and warfare with the advent of CBR (chemical, biological, radiological) protection and a move away from HEAT ammunition to APFSDS. This shift confronted the growing threat of guided anti-tank missiles and saw the introduction of composite armor. Soviet heavy tanks and tank destroyer/assault guns became obsolete, giving way to the technological might of the T-62 and T-64, while NATO forces employed the Chieftain, AMX-30, Leopard I, and M60, plus the initial attempt at a common US-German tank, the MBT-70.

Using detailed illustrations and contemporary photographs, this companion volume to NVG 301, Tanks at the Iron Curtain 1946-60 focuses on key battle tanks and their technology to give a comprehensive overall picture of how tanks developed during modern times.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 184 x 248 x 3.3mm | 167.83g
  • Osprey Publishing
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrated throughout with 40 photos and 8pp of colour illustrations
  • 1472848160
  • 9781472848161
  • 36,313

Table of contents

The Tanks, Doctrine, and Organization
Soviet Union: The Rise of the Missile Tank
Warsaw Pact
United States: The Missile Tank Debacle; Radical Alternatives; M48/M60 Improvements
United Kingdom
West Germany
Tanks in Battle
Technical Analysis
T-62 vs. NATO tanks
Fire control
Tank Armor of the 1960s
Tank Comparisons
Combat Effectiveness of NATO/Warsaw Pact Tanks:
Further Reading
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The writer compares tank production figures, gun and ammunition, armour, and estimated combat effectiveness of opponent tanks. A good review of this big subject with photos and impressive artwork, recommended. -- John Ham * Tankette * This is an easy-to-read volume stacked with great images of cold war tanks, this is definitely a book worth picking up especially war gamers wo either play or plan to play A Cold War gone hot scenario. -- Jason Hubbard * Irregular Magazine *
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About Steven J. Zaloga

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over three decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. He currently lives in Maryland.
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