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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. This book compares the design, development and deployment of these classic tanks, and analyses their battlefield performance. Presented with highly detailed digital artwork, this is a tightly focused study of two of the Cold War's first main battle tanks.

Table of Contents

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

Product details

Published Nov 17 2009
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781846033698
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Duel
Short code DUE 21
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Ian Palmer

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Illustrator

Howard Gerrard

Illustrator

Griff Wason

Illustrator

Peter Bull

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