World Encyclopedia of Tanks & Armoured Fighting Vehicles: An Illustrated History Of The World's Most Important Tanks And Afvs From The Beginning Of The 20th Century To The Present Day


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This book is an authoritative history and directory of tanks and their immediate derivatives, such as ARVs (armoured recovery vehicles), tank destroyers, command versions, bridgelayers, mine-clearers and other Funnies, and AFVs such as armoured cars, armo

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  • ISBN-13: 9780754817413
  • Publisher: Anness Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 7.09 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 1.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     8
Introducing tanks     12
The History of Tanks
Evolution of the tank     16
The tank crew     18
World War I     20
Between the wars     22
Blitzkrieg!     24
Tanks in other theatres     26
Wartime development     28
The Funnies     30
On to victory!     32
The Cold War     34
Korea and Vietnam     36
The uneasy peace     38
The Arab-Israeli wars     40
Improvements in basic characteristics     42
Training expedients     44
Wars in Iraq     46
The future     48
A-Z of World War Tanks: 1916-45
A7V Sturmpanzerwagen     52
A1E1 Independent     54
A9 Cruiser Tank Mark I     55
A10 Cruiser Tank Mark IIA     55
A11 Infantry Tank Mark I Matilda I     56
A12 Infantry Tank Mark II Matilda II     57
A13 Cruiser Tank Mark III     58
A13 Mark II Cruiser Tank Mark IV     58
A13 Mark III Cruiser Tank Mark V Covenanter     59
A15 Cruiser Tank Mark VI Crusader     60
A17Light TanK Mark VII Tetrarch     61
A25 Light Tank Mark VIII Harry Hopkins     61
A22 Infantry Tank Mark IV Churchill     62
A43 Infantry Tank Black Prince     63
A24 Cruiser Tank Mark VII Cavalier     64
A27L Cruiser Tank Mark VIII Centaur     64
A27M Cruiser Tank Mark VIII Cromwell     65
A30 Cruiser Tank Challenger     66
A30 Tank Destroyer Avenger     66
A33 Heavy Assault Tank Excelsior     67
A38 Infantry Tank Valiant     67
A34 Cruiser Tank Comet     63
A39 Heavy Assault Tank Tortoise     70
TOG 1 and TOG 2 Heavy Tanks     70
BT Medium Tank series     71
Carro Armato M11/39 Medium Tank     72
Carro Armato M13/40 Medium Tank     72
Carro Veloce 33 Tankette     73
Carro Veloce L35/Lf Flamethrower Tankette     73
Char d'Assault Schneider CA1 Heavy Tank     74
Char d'Assault Saint Chamond Heavy Tank     75
Char B1 Heavy Tank     76
Char B1-bis Heavy Tank     75
Char 2C Heavy Tank     77
Elefant/Ferdinand Heavy Tank Destroyer     78
Jagdpanzer IV Tank Destroyer     78
E-100 Super Heavy Tank     79
FCM 36 Infantry Tank     80
Ford 3 Ton Tank     81
Ford 6 Ton Tank (M1917)     81
Holt Gas-Electric Tank and other US experimental tanks     82
Hotchkiss H-35 Light Tank     84
Hotctikiss H-39 Light Tank     84
JS-1 Heavy Tank     85
JS-2 Heavy Tank     85
KV-1 Heavy Tank     86
KV-2 Heavy Tank     86
The No. 1 Lincoln Machine "Little Willie"     87
LK I Light Tank     88
LK II Light Tank     88
Medium B Whippet     89
Medium C Hornet     89
Medium A Whippet     90
Mark 1 Heavy Tank "Mother"     92
Mark 1 Medium Tank     94
Mark II and Mark III Heavy Tanks     95
Mark II Medium Tank     96
Mark II and Mark III Light Tanks     97
Mark III Valentine Infantry Tank     98
Mark IV Light Tank     99
Mark V Light Tank     99
Mark IV Heavy Tank     100
Mark V Heavy Tank     102
Mark VI Light Tank     104
Mark VIII Heavy Tank     106
M1 and M2 Combat Cars     108
M2 Light Tank series     109
M3 General Lee Medium Tank and variants     110
M4 Sherman Medium Tank     112
M3 Light Tank series     114
M5 Light Tank     114
M6 Heavy Tank     115
M26 Pershing Heavy Tank     115
M10 Wolverine Tank Destroyer     116
M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer     117
M36 Gun Motor Carriage     117
M22 Locust Light Tank     118
M24 Chaffee Light Tank     118
M1931 Christie     119
Neubaufahrzeuge V and VI     120
PzKpfw Maus Super-Heavy Tank     121
PzKpfw I Light Tank     122
PzKpfw II Light Tank     123
PzKpfw III Medium Tank     124
PzKpfw IV Medium Tank     126
PzKpfw V Panther Heavy Tank     128
Jagdpanther Heavy Tank Destroyer     129
PzKpfw VI Ausf E Tiger 1 Heavy Tank     130
PzKpfw VI Ausf B Tiger 2 Heavy Tank     131
PzKpfw VI Jagdtiger Heavy Tank Destroyer     131
Renault FT-17 Light Tank and derivatives     132
Ram Mark I Cruiser Tank     134
Ram Mark II Cruiser Tank     134
Renault Char D2 Infantry Tank      135
Renault FT Kegresse-Hinstin M24/25 Light Tank     135
Renault R-35 Light Tank     136
Sentinel AC1, AC2, AC3 and AC4 Cruiser Tank     137
7TP Light Tank     138
SMK Heavy Tank     139
Skoda LT-35 Medium Tank     140
Skoda LT-38 Medium Tank     141
SOMUA S-35 Medium Tank     142
Strv M/21 and M/29 Light Tanks     143
Strv M/31 Light Tank     143
Strv M/40, M/41 and M/42 Light Tanks     144
T1 and T2 Medium Tanks     145
T-26 Light Tank     146
T-28 Medium Tank     146
T-37 Amphibious Light Tank     147
T-40 Amphibious Light Tank     147
T-34/76A Medium Tank     148
T-34/85 Medium Tank     149
Turan I and II Medium Tanks     150
Type 3 Ka-Chi Amphibious Tank     151
Type 5 To-Ku Amphibious Tank     151
Type 95 Ha-Go Light Tank     152
Type 89B Ot-Su Medium Tank     153
Type 97 Chi-Ha Medium Tank     153
Vickers Commercial Dutchman Light Tank     154
Vickers 6 Ton Tank     155
A-Z of Modern Tanks: 1945 to the Present Day
A41 Centurion Medium Tank      158
M1A1/M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank     160
AAI Rapid Deployment Force Light Tank     162
Alan Degman Main Battle Tank     163
Alvis Scimitar CVR(T)     164
Alvis Scorpion CVR(T)     165
AMX-13 Light Tank     166
AMX-30 Main Battle Tank     167
AMX-32 Main Battle Tank     168
AMX-40 Main Battle Tank     169
Ariete Main Battle Tank     170
Arjun Main Battle Tank     170
ASCOD 105 Light Tank     171
ASU-57 Tank Destroyer     172
ASU-85 Tank Destroyer     172
Bernardini M41 Light Tank     173
Bernardini X1A1 and X1A2 Light Tanks     173
Challenger 1 Main Battle Tank     174
Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank     176
Chieftain Main Battle Tank (FV 4202)     178
Charioteer Tank Destroyer     180
Conqueror Heavy Tank     181
CV90-120-T Light Tank     182
EE T1 Osorio Main Battle Tank     183
Hetzer G13 Tank Destroyer     184
HIMAG     185
HSTV(L)     185
IKV-91 Tank Destroyer     186
JS-3 Heavy Tank     187
Jagdpanzer Kanone Tank Destroyer     188
Jagdpanzer Rakete Jaguar Tank Destroyer     189
Khalid Shir Main Battle Tank     190
M8 Ridgeway Armoured Gun System     191
Leclerc Main Battle Tank     192
Leopard 1 Main Battle Tank     194
Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank     196
M41 Walker Bulldog Light Tank     198
M47 Medium (Patton) Tank     200
M48 Patton Main Battle Tank     202
M50 Ontos Tank Destroyer     204
M56 Scorpion Tank Destroyer     205
M60 Main Battle Tank     206
M551 Sheridan Light Tank     208
Magach Main Battle Tank     209
Merkava Main Battle Tank     210
Main Battle Tank 70     212
Olifant Medium Tank     213
OF-40 Main Battle Tank     214
PT-76 Amphibious Light Tank     216
PT-91 Main Battle Tank     218
Pz 61 Medium Tank     219
Pz 68 Main Battle Tank     219
Sabra Main Battle Tank     220
SK 105 Kurassier Light Tank     221
Stingray I Light Tank     222
Stingray II Light Tank     222
Strv 74 Light Tank     223
Strv 103 S Main Battle Tank     224
Israeli upgrades     226
TAMSE TAM Medium Tank     228
T-10 Lenin Heavy Tank     229
T-54/T-55 Medium Tank     230
T-62 Main Battle Tank     232
T-72 Main Battle Tank     232
T-64 Main Battle Tank     236
T-80 Main Battle Tank     237
T-84 Main Battle Tank     238
T-90 Main Battle Tank     239
TR-580 and TR-85 Main Battle Tanks     240
TR-125 Main Battle Tank     241
TM-800 Main Battle Tank     241
Type 59 Main Battle Tank     242
Type 61 Main Battle Tank     243
Type 62 Light Tank     244
Type 63 Light Amphibious Tank     244
Type 69 Main Battle Tank     245
Type 74 Main Battle Tank     246
Type 80 Main Battle Tank     247
Type 85-II Main Battle Tank     248
Type 88 K1 Main Battle Tank     249
Type 90 Main Battle Tank     250
Type 90-II (MBT 2000) Main Battle Tank     251
Type 98 Main Battle Tank     251
Vickers Mark I (Vijayanta) Main Battle Tank     252
Vickers Mark 3 Main Battle Tank     253
Vickers VFM Mark 5 Light Tank     254
Vickers Mark 7 Valiant Main Battle Tank     255
Armoured Fighting Vehicles
Introducing AFVs     258
The History of Armoured Fighting Vehicles
Evolution     262
Components of an Armoured Division     264
World War I     266
Between the wars     268
Dad's Army     270
The coming of age of the Self-Propelled Gun     272
Amphibious Infantry Assault Vehicles     274
Wartime developments     276
The adaptation of soft-skin vehicles     278
The Cold War     280
The battlefield taxi with NBC and mine protection     282
The birth of the Infantry Fighting Vehicle     284
Playing catch-up     286
Peacekeeping around the world     288
Air mobility     290
The multi-role family of vehicles     292
The future     294
A-Z of World War Armoured Fighting Vehicles: 1914-45
75mm LVT (A) 4 Close Support Vehicle     298
AEC Armoured Car     299
Archer 17pdr Selt-Propelled Gun     300
Austin Armoured Car     301
Autoblinda AB 41 Armoured Car     302
Autoblindo Mitragliatrice Lancia Ansaldo IZ      303
BA-6 Armoured Car     304
BA-10 Armoured Car     305
BA-20 Armoured Car     306
BA-27 Armoured Car     307
BA-64B Armoured Car     308
Beaverette Light Reconnaissance Car     309
Bedford Cockatrice     310
Bison Concrete Armoured Vehicle     310
Birch Gun     311
Bishop 25pdr Self-Propelled Gun Mk 1     312
Brummbar Sturmpanzer IV 15cm Self-Propelled Gun     313
Buffalo LVT Amphibious Assault Vehicle     314
Carriers - Machine-gun     316
Cromwell Command/OP Tank     317
Crossley Armoured Car     318
Daimler Armoured Car     319
Daimler Dingo Scout Car     320
Dorchester Command Vehicle     321
Dragon Carrier Mk 1     322
Ford Model T Scout Car     323
Grille 15cm Heavy Infantry Sell-Propelled Gun Ausf M     324
Guy Armoured Car Mk 1/1A     325
Guy Lizard Command Vehicle     325
Humber Armoured Cars     326
Hummel 15cm Heavy Self-Propelled Gun     327
Indian Pattern Armoured Cars     328
ISU-152mm Heavy Assault Gun     329
Jeep Multi-Role Vehicle     330
Kangaroo Armoured Infantry Carrier     332
Katyusha BM-15 132mm Rocket Launcher     333
Kfz 13/14 Medium Armoured Car     334
Lanchester Armoured Car     335
Loyd Carrier     336
Lorraine Schlepper 15cm Self-Propelled Gun     337
M3 Half-Track Infantry Carrier     338
M3A1 Scout Car     340
M3 75mm Gun Motor Carriage     341
MS Half-Track Personnel Carrier     342
M8 Greyhound Light Armoured Car     343
M8 75mm Howitzer Motor Carriage     344
M12 155mm Gun Motor Carriage     345
M15 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage     346
M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage     347
M40 155mm Gun Motor Carriage     348
Marder III Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun     350
Marmon-Herrington Armoured Cars     352
Maultier Nebelwerfer 15cm Panzerwerfer     353
Minerva Armoured Car     354
Model 93 Sumida Armoured Car     355
Morris CS9/LAC Armoured Car Reconnaissance     355
Morris Mk 1 Light Reconnaissance Car     356
Ole Bill Bus     357
Otter Light Reconnaissance Car     357
PA-III Armoured Car     358
Panhard AMD Type 178 Armoured Car     359
Panzer IV Flakpanzer     360
Priest 105mm Self-Propelled Gun     362
Renault and Peugeot Armoured Cars     364
Renault UE Infantry Tractor     365
Rolls-Royce Armoured Car     366
Sd Kfz 7/1 8-ton Half-Track     368
Sd Kfz 8 and 9 Heavy Half-Tracks     369
Sd Kfz 221 Armoured Car     370
Sd Kfz 222 Armoured Car     371
Sd Kfz 231 Heavy Armoured Car 6 Rad     372
Sd Kfz 231 Heavy Armoured Car 8 Rad     373
Sd Kfz 233 7.5cm Heavy Armoured Car 8 Rad     374
Sd Kfz 234/2 Puma Heavy Armoured Car     375
Sd Kfz 234 7.5cm Heavy Support Armoured Cars     376
Sd Kfz 250 Half-Track Armoured Personnel Carrier     377
Sd Kfz 251 Medium Half-Track     378
Sd Kfz 251 Support Vehicles     380
Semovente M42 DA 75/18 Self-Propelled Gun     381
Sexton 25pdr Self-Propelled Gun     382
sIG33 15cm Infantry Support Self-Propelled Gun     384
Staghound Armoured Car     385
Sturmgeschutz III Self-Propelled Gun     386
Sturmgeschutz IV Self-Propelled Gun     388
Sturmmorser Tiger Assault Rocket Mortar     390
SU-76 Self-Propelled Gun     392
SU-122 Medium Self-Propelled Gun     393
Somua MCG Half-Track     394
The Gun Carrier     395
Thorneycroft "J" Type 13pdr Self-Propelled AA Gun     396
Troop Carrier/Supply Mk IX Tank     397
Universal Carriers     398
Wespe 10.5cm Self-Propelled Gun     400
A-Z of Modern Armoured Fighting Vehicles: 1945 to the Present Day
2S1 122mm Self-Propelled Gun     404
2S3 152mm Self-Propelled Gun     406
2S5 152mm Self-Propelled Gun     408
2S19 152mm Self-Propelled Gun     409
Abbot 105mm Self-Propelled Gun     410
AMX-10P Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle     411
AMX-10RC Armoured Car     412
AMX-13 DCA SPAAG     413
AMX GCT 155mm Self-Propelled Gun     414
AMX VCI Infantry Combat Vehicle     416
APC Transportpanzer 1 Fuchs     417
AS90 155mm Self-Propelled Gun     418
BMD Airborne Combat Vehicles     420
BMP-1 Infantry Fighting Vehicle     422
BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle     424
BMP-3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle     424
Bradley M2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle     425
BRDM-2 Armoured Car     426
BTR-60 Armoured Personnel Carrier     427
BTR-70 Armoured Personnel Carrier     428
BTR-80 Armoured Personnel Carrier     429
BTR-152V1 Armoured Personnel Carrier     430
Cascavel EE-9 MK IV Armoured Car     431
Commando V-150 Armoured Personnel Carrier     432
DAF YP-408 Armoured Personnel Carrier     434
DANA 152mm Self-Propelled Howitzer     435
ENGESA EE-11 Urutu Armoured Personnel Carrier     436
Ferret Mk 1 Scout Car     437
Ferret Mk 2 Scout Car     438
Ferret Mk 4 Big Wheeled Scout Car     440
Fox Light Armoured Car     441
Frog-7 Battlefield Missile System     442
FV 432 Armoured Personnel Carrier     444
Gepard Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun     446
Honest John Missile System     448
Hornet Malkara Anti-Tank Missile System     449
Humber "Pig" 1 -Ton Armoured Personnel Carrier     450
Hummer Multi-Role Vehicle     452
Land Rover Defender Multi-Role Vehicles     453
LAV-25 Light Armoured Vehicles     454
LVTP-7 Armoured Amphibious Assault Vehicle      456
M42 Duster Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun     456
M44 155mm Self-Propelled Gun     459
M52 105mm Self-Propelled Gun     460
M107 175mm Self-Propelled Gun     461
M108 105mm Self-Propelled Gun     462
M109 155mm Self-Propelled Gun     464
M110 203mm Self-Propelled Howitzer     466
M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier     468
M577 Command Vehicle     470
M901 Improved TOW Vehicle     471
Marder 1 Infantry Combat Vehicle     472
Marksman Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun     474
MT-LB Infantry Carrier     475
Multiple Launch Rocket System     476
OT-64 Armoured Personnel Carrier     477
OT-810 Armoured Personnel Carrier     478
Panhard AML 90H Armoured Car     479
Panhard ERC-90-F4 Sagaie     480
Panhard M3 Armoured Personnel Carrier     481
Piranha Armoured Personnel Carrier     482
Radspahpanzer Luchs Reconnaissance Vehicle     484
Rapier Tracked SAM Vehicle     485
Rooikat 105mm Armoured Car     485
SA-8b SAM Vehicle     486
Saladin Mk 2 Armoured Car     487
Saracen Armoured Personnel Carrier      488
Saxon Armoured Personnel Carrier     490
Scud Missile System TEL     492
Spartan Armoured Personnel Carrier     494
Stormer Armoured Personnel Carrier     495
Striker Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Guided Weapon Vehicle     496
Timoney Armoured Personnel Carrier     497
Warrior Mechanised Combat Vehicle     498
VAB Armoured Personnel Carrier     500
ZSU-23-4 Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun     501
Glossary     502
Key to flags     504
Acknowledgements     505
Index     507
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