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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; First Edition edition (November 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425158365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425158364
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

A penetrating look inside an armored cavalry regiment--the technology, the strategies, and the people... profiled by Tom Clancy.

His first nonfiction book, Submarine, captured the reality of life aboard a nuclear warship. Now, the #1 bestselling author of Clear and Present Danger portrays today's military as only army personnel can know it.

With the same compelling, you-are-there immediacy of his acclaimed fiction, Tom Clancy provides detailed descriptions of tanks, helicopters, artillery, and more--the brilliant technology behind the U. S. Army. He captures military life--from the drama of combat to the daily routine--with total accuracy, and reveals the roles and missions that have in recent years distinguished our fighting forces.

Armored Cav includes:

  • Descriptions of the M1A2 Main Battle Tank, the AH-64A Apache Attack Helicopter, and more
  • An interview with General Frederick Franks
  • Strategies behind the Desert Storm account
  • Exclusive photograph, illustrations and diagrams
PLUS: From West Point cadet to Desert Storm commander, an interview with a combat cavalry officer on the rise.

From Library Journal

Today's cavalry has traded four-hoofed mounts for heavily armored tanks, fighting vehicles, and helicopters in a combined arms force that is prepared for combat against much larger forces. In this report, noted technothriller novelist Clancy takes readers on a tour of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. He explores the delicacies found in an MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) and describes such hardware as the Abrams battle tank, the Apache helicopter, and the nine-millimeter Beretta pistol. Through interviews with General Franks of the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command and Captain McMaster of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, the author reveals what life was like during the Persian Gulf War. Clancy's thorough research makes a persuasive case for maintaining a strong post-Cold War military. For all public libraries and many academic libraries.
Grant A. Fredericksen, Illinois Prairie Dist. P.L., Metamora
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Tom Clancy is America's, and the world's, favorite international thriller author. Starting with THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, all thirteen of his previous books have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. His books, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, PATRIOT GAMES, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER and THE SUM OF ALL FEARS have been made into major motion pictures. He lived in Maryland where he was a co-owner of the Baltimore Orioles.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By rmishkin@goodnet.com on September 18, 1997
Format: Paperback
As a former "Brave Rifle" who served with this unit in the late '60s and early '70s, Clancy accurately portrays life in the 3d Armored Cav unit. I found his style brought back to me ALL the thoughts, feelings and memories of those days. I felt I was still leading my platoon thur the land of Ft. Lewis, WA. Mr. Clancy painted a pictures that was precise, truthful, and described the experience of Troppers who worked hard at what they did to serve our country
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sam Damon Jr. on August 21, 2000
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Its hard to compress more information in one small book than Clancy has done in Armored Cav, if you want to quibble with details write your own book and do better! Clancy has to take what he's been given and make an educated opinion of things to say what he has to say. He is wrong about the M551 Sheridan and the BFV for example, but that's ok, he has no direct personal experience.
This is a good REFERENCE book to quickly educate whoever it is you are teaching, which includes America's Soldiers who are still taught by rote memorization their specific tools and not the context of the modern battlefield--Clancy expresses the heavy fight here better than anyone so far. This is a fight with an armor versus firepower versus mobility struggle at its core, and its equipment driven. His biggest failing is not starting with the tracked tank in WWI and progressing through to Vietnam and giving us the historical context of Cavalry and how light tanks and tracked APCs in the jungles of Southeast Asia rumbled all over the countryside and trounced the enemy with light casualties. He avoids this controversy seeking instead to "plant the seeds" of a lighter, more rapidly deployable air-cavalry by describing the M8 "Buford" Armored Gun System as a replacement for the M551 Sheridan light tank, and conveniently not mentioning the latter was parachute airdropped into combat by the 3/73d Armor BN attached to the 82d Airborne Division for Panama. He then doesn't even mention the M8 in Airborne!, his other non-fiction U.S. Army book. This is a serious oversight.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dwdavison@aol.com on January 3, 1999
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If the folks in Washington who set the defense budget and determine how much money is to be allocated for army ordnance and materiel were to read this book, I think it would help clarify for them why exactly we need to maintain a strong armored cavalry to support our U.S. ground forces. We have grown too complacent if we believe that all security threats can be resolved by simply launching missiles from the sea or dropping bombs from the air, hoping to cow the enemy into submission by sustained and heavy bombardment. There comes a time when the surgical excision of a belligerent element or hostile force is more necesary and, in the long run, more effective and beneficial, both economically and politically. But such action requires a powerful wall of mobile armor to ensure that the men and women participating in any such operation are defended by the best MBT's and IFV's that money can buy. Tom Clancy descibes in magnificent detail some of these vehicles, and gives examples of the hardware in action against Soviet-made tanks during Operation Desert Storm. The book also includes informative interviews with some of the outstanding individuals who've helped raise the army to the standard it is today, and who hope to keep those forces strong through the next millenium. It is a sobering book and especially relevant at this time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Henson VINE VOICE on October 16, 2009
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Since military hardware is in a constant state of enhancement, this non-fiction volume is a bit outdated, but it still contains a great deal of good information. One of the most readable of Clancy's nonfiction volumes, it still has a historical value. The longterm interview with a mid-level officer is one of the book's strong points. Know what your getting, but if you want a look at yesteryear's armored cav, this book can be valuable. If you're looking for more of the current state of affairs, find another source.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1999
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This is not one Clancy's best works. Unfortunately his research was done poorly. I served in an armored cav. sqd. and his idea of how a sqd. is set up is way off from the organizational table we operated under. Also his idea of the uses of armor in places such as Southeast Asia are off the mark. Armor was fully utilized with good results in terrain which armor supposedly can not fight. This could have been a realy good book if only Clancy had done more research and not taken the prejudices from some militaty officials (who obviously never personally experienced what they say of armor tactics).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 1997
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This book takes us all in for a closer look of America's Arm. Cavalry units. Once poised to watch over the Rhine, unit's like the 2nd ACR-L and the 3rd ACR, now constitute part of America's rapid reaction element. Included in this book are reviews of the AH-64 Apache, M1A2 Abrams, M109A6 Palladin, and a lot more. It also includes a detailed TO&E of the Arm. Cav from platoon to regimental level. Unfortunately the author didn't put in enough detail on unit logistical support, but who cares it still makes you wish you were American. Thanks Clancy for a great book
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