Walker Bulldog vs T-54

Laos and Vietnam 1971–75

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Walker Bulldog vs T-54

Laos and Vietnam 1971–75

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During the later stages of the Vietnam War, the US-made M41 Walker Bulldog light tank fought the Soviet-designed T-54 main battle tank in a series of battles in Laos and Vietnam. Fully illustrated, this engaging study investigates the origins, combat record, and legacy of these two armored fighting vehicles.

Illustrated with full-color artwork as well as rare and revealing photographs from both sides, this book studies these two iconic tanks in Vietnamese service, examining how their differing designs and fighting doctrines affected their performance in this unique theater of combat.

During the Vietnam War, both the United States and the Soviet Union supplied all manner of weapon systems to the opposing sides, including tanks and armored vehicles. Two tanks in particular took momentary prominence in the later years of the conflict. On the South Vietnamese side, it was the US M41 Walker Bulldog; for the communist North Vietnamese, the Soviet-supplied T-54 main battle tank was the core of their armored power.

In their first major engagement, during Operation Lam Son 719 (February–March 1971), it was the Walker Bulldog in the ascendant, but in later battles the T-54s inflicted heavy losses on their lighter opponents, taking the advantage through their superior maneuverability and gunnery.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Chronology /Design and Development /The Strategic Situation /Technical Specifications /The Combatants /Combat /Statistics and Analysis /Conclusion /Bibliography /Index

Product details

Published Jun 18 2019
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472836120
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Duel
Short code DUE 94
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Chris McNab

Dr Chris McNab specializes in military history and…

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Alan Gilliland

Alan Gilliland, a contributor to more than 70 Ospr…

Illustrator

Johnny Shumate

Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator li…

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