Centurion vs T-55

Centurion vs T-55

Yom Kippur War 1973

Duel 21
  • Author: Simon Dunstan
  • Illustrator: Ian Palmer, Howard Gerrard, Griff Wason, Peter Bull
  • Short code: DUE 21
  • Publication Date: 18 Aug 2022
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A tightly focused illustrated study comparing the design, development, and combat performance of two of the Cold War's first main battle tanks.

Conceived at the height of World War II, the British Centurion and the Soviet T-55 were initially expected to counter the formidable Panther and Tiger tanks of Germany. But as the Cold War unfolded, these machines prepared instead for the coming struggle between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. Though they never fought in Europe, these two tanks became the mainstay of the Cold War's proxy forces around the world. From Korea to the Middle East and on to Angola, these two armored combatants clashed repeatedly, reaching their crescendo on the Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur War where 177 Centurions of the IDF took on a vastly superior Arab force.

Presented with highly detailed digital artwork and photographs, this is a tightly focused study of the development and operational history two of the Cold War's first main battle tanks.

Biographical Note

Simon Dunstan is a well-established author, film-maker and photographer in the field of military history, with several titles already published with Osprey. He specializes in armoured warfare, and has written on this subject for two decades. His books have covered topics such as helicopter and armoured warfare in Vietnam, the Challenger main battle tank, the British Guards and armoured warfare in Korea. Simon lives and works in London.


The crucible of war: original conception during World War II
Design and development
The Strategic section Cold War by proxy, Deserts and Jungle
Combat Yom Kippur War, Angolan War
The Combatants
Statistics and Analysis

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