Kagero PhotoSniper 27 Before the Brith of the MBT. Western Tank Development 1945-1959


The PhotosSniper series of books are primarily photo album descriptions of a single vehicle or aircraft. This one differs from the norm in that it is about a whole range of tanks that came into being between 1945-59.

It tells the story of a whole range of tanks that were designed in this period by the western nations. It also discusses vehicles that never made it past the prototype stage. Most of the discussion is about US vehicles with a good chunk about British tank development as well. Other nations, such as France, Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden are also covered but obviously in much less detail since there was a lot less tank development going on in those countries.

The text is all in English and is informative and a very good read. The photographs throughout are clear and also show lots of good information.

The book info…

  • ISBN 978-83-951575-8-5
  • 180 pages
  • 22 color profiles
  • 150 archival photos

From the publisher’s website:
This book is intended to be the first in a short series looking at the major developments of battle tanks by the western nations in the period from the end of the Second World War to the present. During WW2 the tank came of age and was probably the predominant land weapon of the period. However the tank was never perfected during the war, and the post-war decades have seen enormous resources expended on trying to do just that – to make the tank perfect. This, of course, is an impossible task, as threats evolve and mutate, and trying to design a vehicle (or indeed any weapon of war) to do a multitude of different tasks will inevitably lead to compromise. Notwithstanding this, the development of the modern ‘Chariots of Fire’ in the 1950s was an utterly fascinating process, with ten or more project and trial tank designs rejected for every design actually adopted. It was truly an era when technology was evolving rapidly, for if the specifications of the late 1940s differed little from the most powerful wartime designs; by 1960 the specifications for new battle tanks reflected every tactical implication of NATO’s nuclear strategy.

This book is available direct from the publisher here for about US$26.00.

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