The AMX 13 was originally designed in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. It represents French ambitions for national resurgence and withdrawal from wartime dependence on American military technology.
Being a light tank it was an ambitious and far sighted departure from conventional tank design and it found a ready export market as well as being a critical part in the French Army arsenal. Its basic hull design lent itself to the development of a vast list of variants.
French designers progressively modernized, and indeed reinvented, the AMX13 and enabled it to claim to be one of the most successful armored vehicle programs of the postwar period. It proved its worth in numerous small wars worldwide in the service of many countries.
This, the first commercially published work on the AMX13 in English, examines in detail the technical industrial and tactical story of this remarkably successful armored fighting vehicle. The authoritative text is backed by an impressive selection of images
About the Author
MP Robinson is a Canadian military historian whose research is focused on Cold War era armoured and mechanized warfare. He has co-authored (with Rob Griffin) two previous titles for Pen and Sword Military; Challenger 2- The British Main Battle Tank and The Royal Armoured Corps in the Cold War.
The late Lieutenant-Colonel Guy Gibeau was a mechanized infantry officer whose career in the French Army spanned four decades. Much of his early career was spent in command of AMX13 series vehicles, and he was one of France's foremost experts on the type. He died in 2017.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements and Homage to Guy Gibeau vi
Chapter 1 Origins 1
Chapter 2 Design, Funding and Production 5
Chapter 3 AMX 13 Mle 51 Production Series 15
Chapter 4 Rebuilds and Updates 20
Chapter 5 The AMX 13 Enters Service 23
Chapter 6 The AMX 13 FL-II and AMX-U.S. 38
Chapter 7 The AMX 13 Mle 58 45
Chapter 8 Division 1959 49
Chapter 9 The AMX 13 SS-II 55
Chapter 10 The AMX 13 C90 70
Chapter 11 The Division 1967 89
Chapter 12 Derivatives of the AMX 13 104
Chapter 13 The AMX 13 as an Export Success 154
Chapter 14 Modernizing the AMX 13 207
Chapter 15 The AMX 13 Mle 51 as a Combat Vehicle 217