Flak Jackets

20th-century military body armour

Flak Jackets cover

Flak Jackets

20th-century military body armour

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Beginning in World War I, with the introduction of the steel helmet this book charts the development of protective equipment for soldiers and security forces. Initially body armour was seen as a military luxury that could be ill-afforded. However, the success of 'flak suits' as worn by some bomber crews during World War II convinced the armed forces of the need to develop protection for the ground soldier against small arms fire. The scientific development of the modern flak jacket is traced as are the field trials conducted in Korea and later Vietnam. Extensive illustrations and photographs accompnay the text.

Table of Contents

Introduction · The Great War · The Second World War · The Korean War · The Vietnam War · Modern Body Armour · The Plates

Product details

Published 15 Jun 1984
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9780850455694
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 50 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 157
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Ronald Volstad

RONALD B.VOLSTAD was born in 1949 in Alberta, Cana…

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