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M3 Infantry Half-Track 1940-73 (New Vanguard) [Kindle Edition]

Steven Zaloga , Peter Sarson
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Book Description

As armoured warfare tactics matured, mechanised infantry became a key ingredient in what is now called 'combined arms' doctrine. For the US Army of World War 2, the most important technical aspect of infantry mechanisation was the development of the M3 half-track personnel carrier. Steven Zaloga guides the reader through the early 1930s development of the half-track, its first deployment in action in the Philippines in 1941 and its varied and vital role in international deployments since World War 2. This authoritative text also examines the operators of half-tracks and the troops that they carried.

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The unrivalled illustrated reference on fighting vehicles, transport and artillery through the ages. Each volume is illustrated throughout, making these books uniquely accessible to history enthusiasts of all ages.

About the Author

Steven J. Zaloga was born in 1952, received his BA in history from Union College, and his MA from Columbia University. He has published numerous books and articles dealing with modern military technology, especially armoured vehicle development. His main area of interest is military affairs in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in the Second World War, and he has also written extensively on American armoured forces.

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  • File Size: 3308 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (June 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars A look at the US Army's APC of WWII. June 24, 2012
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This Osprey New Vanguard #11 book entitled "M3 Infantry Half-Track 1940-1973" covers a lot more than just the APC version of the American half-track.

This volume covers the M2 and M3 half-tracks as well as the many specialized versions such as tank destroyers, anti-aircraft GMC's and prime movers. The book is fairly comprehensive in it's scope. It does a decent job of explaining the doctrine and employment of US armored infantry before and during WWII which prompted the development of an armored infantry carrier. There are very good evaluations of the vehicles in combat and a short comparison between the US half-tracks and the German Sdkfz 251 half-track (the german vehicle had slightly better armor protection but the US half-track had better overall performance with a powered front axle and far better reliability having been designed to make use of well-proven commercial components).

Also covered are the various manufacturers that produced M2s and M3s, including production numbers. It covers the half-tracks given as part of "Lend-Lease" including the thousands in Soviet service - something I was unaware of. It also looks at post-war service with the French, Latin American armies and also the Israelis where it would serve into the 1970's.

This is a very good Osprey title which have always been known for their excellent color artwork and photos/illustrations. The author covered a lot of ground in a very small package and did a very good job, considering its length. For those wanting a short primer on US half-tracks, this is an excellent and interesting read. I recommend this with five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A COMPLETE WORK ON M3 June 26, 2014
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I'm currently assembling a metal 1/6 scale M3 by Field of Armor, and this book is very handy - not only as a reference for pictures, but also as a historical pedigree on the truck.
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4.0 out of 5 stars On the right track! December 10, 2012
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A very useful Osprey book, especially when paired with the Squadron-Signal "Walk Around" on the subject. These two complement each other. I recommend purchasing each from Amazon. As usual, the photo and cut-away drawing are informative and useful for the modeler.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!! March 21, 2015
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Great book good info, lots of good pictures!!!
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More About the Author

Steven Zaloga is a senior analyst for Teal Group Corp., an aerospace consulting firm. His professional specialization is the commercial and technological aspects of the international trade in missiles, precision guided munitions, and unmanned aerial vehicles. He also serves as an adjunct staff member with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think-tank.

Mr. Zaloga has published numerous books and articles on military technology and military history. His books have been translated into Japanese, German, Polish, Czech, Romanian, and Russian. He has been a special correspondent for "Jane's Intelligence Review" and is on the executive board of the "Journal of Slavic Military Studies". From 1987 through 1992, he was the writer/director for Video Ordnance Inc., preparing their TV series "Firepower" that aired on The Discovery Channel in the US.

Mr. Zaloga was born in 1952 and received his BA in history from Union College, Schenectady, NY. He received an MA in history from Columbia University specializing in modern East European history, and did graduate research and language study at Uniwersitet Jagiellonski in Krakow, Poland.

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