Soviet T-55 Main Battle Tank cover
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A highly illustrated study of the T-55 Main Battle Tank and its variants that formed the backbone of the Soviet Army during the years of the Cold War.

The T-55 is one of the most iconic weapons created by the Soviets during the Cold War and also one of the most widely deployed weapons in history. Like its younger brother, the T-54, the T-55 enjoyed a long career in the Red Army and even into the early days of the reformed Russian Army. Under their control it saw very little combat use or deployments, but it was widely sold to other nations and participated in many of the wars and combat operations from the mid-1960s to the present. The T-55 has been employed in almost every conflict in the Middle East and Africa from its introduction into service. Even today the tank is still employed by both sides in the Syrian Civil War, and they are also in service with Kurdish forces in the struggle against ISIS in the northern part of Iraq.

Containing 150 stunning contemporary and modern photographs, and written by two experts on Soviet armor, this authoritative book tells the complete story of the T-55, one of the most widely produced tanks of all time.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter One: Leonid Kartsev
Chapter Two: Development of the T-55 Tank
Chapter Three: Description of the T-55 and its Variants
Chapter Four: Derivatives of the T-55 Tank Family
Chapter Five: Combat Use of the T-55 Tank
Appendices
Bibliography
Index

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Published Sep 17 2019
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 192
ISBN 9781472838551
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Illustrated throughout in colour and b&w
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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