M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural

Operation Desert Storm 1991

M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural cover

M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural

Operation Desert Storm 1991

Description

The Gulf War bore witness to a number of deadly encounters between these two great adversaries. Heavily armoured, highly mobile and capable of killing at over 2500m the M1 Abrams is, to this day, a veritable fighting machine. Superior to both Iraq's Soviet era T-55 and T-62 tanks, nearly all sources claim that no Abrams tank has ever been destroyed by enemy fire. Despite entering service in 1980, the M1 Abrams remained untested in combat until the Gulf War in 1991, where it was to be confronted by its archenemy the Iraqi-assembled Soviet-designed T-72. Entering production in 1971, the T-72 arguably outstripped its contemporaries in a balance of mobility, protection and firepower. By the time of Operation Desert Storm, however, the tables had turned and the tank suffered due to low quality ammunition and poorly trained crews. In this fascinating study, Steven Zaloga pits these two great fighting machines against one another, plotting the development of the Cold War until both tanks met in combat in the deserts of Iraq and Kuwait.

Product details

Published Mar 15 2011
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781849080910
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Series Duel
Short code DUE 18
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Author

Steven J. Zaloga

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from U…

Illustrator

Jim Laurier

Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives i…

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