M551 Sheridan

M551 Sheridan

US Airmobile Tanks 1941–2001

New Vanguard 153
  • Author: Steven J. Zaloga
  • Illustrator: Tony Bryan
  • Short code: NVG 153
  • Publication Date: 10 Mar 2009
  • Number of Pages: 48
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ALSO AVAILABLE TO BUY AS AN E-BOOK. Since the advent of airmobile warfare, there have been numerous attempts to support paratroopers with attached armored vehicles. This book tells the story of the US experience with air-mobile tanks, starting with their efforts in World War II. However, full success was not achieved until the production of the M551 Sheridan. The history of this tank provides the focal point of this book, highlighting the difficulties of combining heavy firepower in a chassis light enough for airborne delivery. The book examines its controversial debut in Vietnam, and its subsequent combat history in Panama and Operation Desert Storm. It rounds out the story by examining the failed attempts to replace the Sheridan with other armored vehicles.

Biographical Note

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 two 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.

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Introduction Design and development Operational history Further reading

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