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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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Product Details

  • Series: New Vanguard (Book 17)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (January 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855324962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855324961
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. W. Huron on May 24, 2006
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There is not much that I can add to the already exisiting reviews except to state that the book centers around the KV 1. While it offers some text about the KV 2 it offers only 3 pictures of the KV 2 and none of the illustrations deal with the KV 2. All the illustrations revolve around the KV 1 (that's 7 plates of illustrations). So if you are into Russian tanks and especially the KV 1, this may be the book for you. If you're a KV 2 fan, then look elsewhere and do not waste your money here.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dilip Susruta Samarasinghe on June 16, 2000
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The book studies the development and use of heavy tanks by the USSR during WW2. The main tank used was the KV-1 and its numerous derivatives, a machine which the Germans found impossible to destroy during the early years of the war. The KV series were replaced by the JS series of heavy tanks and this is also indicated in Mr Zaloga's book.I found the book interesting because it gave some insight into Soviet defence planning during wartime. There are also photographs of prototype tanks which have never been usedand never published before.This is no doubt the result of the changed international environment. I found this book interesting and full of facts and the colour plates, photograghs and line drawings good illustrations of the subject of the book.
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I found this book very informative on a series of thanks that fascinates me. It offers some new pictures, diagrams and data that Ive never seen before and thats always a welcome thing to have. The book itself is well written and takes a stage-by-stage look at the evolution of Soviet tank designs with the Land Battleships and how the Finish War saw the enterance of these vehicles. The only minus side that I could think of was the book seems to centre itself around the KV-1 and neglect the KV-2 a little. Apart from that fact, its a brilliant buy (for price & quality) so if anyone is interested in these tanks, id reccomend this book!
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An excellent introduction to Soviet KV1 and KV2 tanks with a good smattering of photographs.

Well written, concise and easy to read. I found the text interesting and wanted to read more, rather than with some vehicle books which can be very boring and long winded.

I would have liked the author to include more first hand reports of the vehicles and crew experiences. From memory there are two good accounts, but after reading the accounts you are wanting for more!

The book deals more with the KV1 and variants rather than the KV2. I would have liked more information and photographs of the KV2.

Worth the discounted price.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Yee on January 3, 2007
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The book went into good detail about building the KV-1 and 2 which I built. It should be useful for most modellers
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