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Product Details

  • Series: Duel (Book 18)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; Original edition (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846034078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846034077
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Steven Zaloga weaves a compelling narrative which balances its treatment of both vehicles. He is careful to point out that the reader cannot discern too much about the effectiveness of the T-72 in the hands of the Iraqis. However, he does lay out several distinct weaknesses of the export T-72 that might not have altered the balance even in well trained and experienced hands. If you have only a mild interest in modern armor, this is a book well work picking up." -Charles Landrum, IPMS (February 2010)

"I was particularly impressed by the interior photos, cutaway drawings and gunsight views. The detailed descriptions of the various crew functions also made for interesting reading for me...  Overall, a very enjoyable read which gave me a much clearer insight into the superiority of the Abrams to the T72M1." -Steve Allen, AMPS (October 2009)

"Author Zaloga follows a tried and true format in this Duel book by first providing the design and development of both tanks. There is then a section on the technical specifications of each followed by a look at the military in which both were used and how they trained for battle. Next is a look at the situation prior to the start of the war and then a look at some of the more important battles in which these two tanks were used. Finally, an analysis of how these tanks fared; their strengths and weaknesses. Overall, it makes for a most interesting read and provides a good look at these two important MBTs. It is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and I'm sure you will as well. Like all Osprey titles it is one that I can easily recommend to you." -Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness / modelingmadness.com (October 2009)

About the Author

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in history from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think-tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union.

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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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Overall, a must-have for military history buffs.
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This book covers the battles very well, and I was very pleased with the manner in which it was done.
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Steven Zaloga continues his series of excellent military novels in the Osprey Duel series.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By R. A Forczyk VINE VOICE on September 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
In Osprey's M1 Abrams vs. T-72 Ural, author Steven Zaloga concludes that, "the tank fighting during Operation Desert Storm represented one of the most lopsided contests in 20th century military history. The Iraqi army was outclassed in all respects and suffered appallingly high losses while inflicting minimal casualties on the coalition forces. In the case of the M1A1, more Abrams tanks were destroyed by friendly fire than Iraqi action." This addition to Osprey's Duel series outlines the brief contest for armored supremacy between the M1A1 tank and the Soviet-designed T-72 tank during the 1991 Gulf War. Although the outcome of the Duel is never really in doubt, the author does a superb job in outlining how design decisions and crew training shaped the eventual outcome. Throughout the volume, Zaloga's expertise in armored warfare shines, particularly in explaining the subtleties of technical points. Overall, this volume is an excellent addition to the Duel series and a worthwhile addition to anyone interested in the military details of the Gulf War.

In the introduction, while the author notes that the M1A1 had important technical advantages over the T-72 tank, he hews to his holistic view of armored warfare that he has espoused in other books: "the outcome of the tank battles of Desert Storm hinged as much on tactics, terrain, and crew capabilities as on the machines themselves." The author then delivers a well-written 14-page section on the design and development of each tank. The most interesting comments in this sections was about the American and Soviet efforts to develop new types of composite armor. The following 16-page section on technical specifications is also excellent and focuses on the key areas of firepower, protection and mobility.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By KRISHNA JAGA on August 23, 2009
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Zaloga last covered the Abrams in '92 and the T-72 in '93 in the Osprey Vanguard Series.

Hence there is a lot of scope in this updated work focused on the duels in the Gulf War in this new series.

The advantage with the duel series is since it is 80 Pp compared to the Vanguard's 46 - lot more info can be crammed in .

Zaloga compares and contrasts the M1 and T-72 circa 1991 . There are Excellent chapters on design/development, Technical details , good profiles and cross-sections , training tactics , Order of Battle and Strategy and Battle Analysis .

However the version covered is mainly the T-72 M1 in Iraqi service and not all the other versions like the later superior T-72 B etc

Lot of new info as well plus accounts from the men who fought. Some of this has come in Armor magazine but never in one place.

One of the better ones from Osprey and Zaloga - worth a copy- hopefully the Vanguard series will also be updated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cpt matt VINE VOICE on March 12, 2010
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If you've never read much about the M-1 or T-72, this book is going to be an excellent surprise. It is well written, accurrate and provides concise summary of these two tanks. Many excellent photographs (all in color), cut-away drawings, statistics and facts support Steven Zaloga's premise...the M-1 is hands down the better tank. I always enjoy photos of the interior of tanks, this book has several for each tank.

Zaloga, who has written many books on Soviet and US armor, explains in detail how each tank was developed and how the different needs of each Army shaped the design of each fighting vehicle. The M-1 has emerged as the worlds best tank providing superior firepower, protection and mobility. It does have its flaws - it gups fuel and requires a long logistical tail. But that's ok, the US can afford that & it's well worth it to protect our crews. There are also sections of US tanker's first hand experiences during the Gulf War which demonstrate why the battle was so one sided.

Highly recommended for beginners of tank warfare or someone seeking a concise book on the armor aspect on Desert Storm. Not so much a book for modelers, although the photos will give you a lot of ideas on how crews stored their equipment. While very informative, if you know anything about either tank, there is nothing new or surprising here. It is a good buy for the money - quality paperback.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Wang VINE VOICE on September 12, 2009
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This book describes the two tanks in great details and then covers their confrontation in the first Gulf War. Photos from inside the tanks give excellent illustrations on not only the different design philosophies of west vs. east but also what the fighting men had to deal with in combat situations. In-depth tactical analysis explains clearly the contrasting doctrines of the opposing sides as well as the reason for the lopsided results. Overall, a must-have for military history buffs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tankguy on July 11, 2010
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As a former M1A1 tanker, not a Gulf vet, I found this is a good, brief overview of the duel between these vehicles. The technical info was interesting, i.e. weapons systems, ammo, etc. The actual engagement descriptions were not detailed, giving a brief description of what the tankers experienced. Overall, I liked it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2010
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This represents one entry in the Osprey Duel series. This slender volume focuses on the tank combat in Desert Storm, in 1991. Two key tanks: the M1 Abrams on the American side and the T-72 (a Soviet-built tank) on the Iraqi side. Indeed, as the author notes at the outset, the tank combat in Iraq may have served as something of a model for what might have happened had Warsaw Pact and NATO forces engaged in combat.

Both sides in Desert Storm had significant armored forces. Outcomes in battle were a function of two factors--the ability of the tanks and the training and performance of the tank crews. Both have to be accounted for.

Early on, as with other books examining weapons systems, design, development, and technical specifications of the tanks are provided. Pages 15 and 23 provide tank to tank comparisons (although it is annoying that physical dimensions are in feet for the M-1 and in the metric system for the T-72). Then, there is a discussion of the crews. The m-1 had a crew of 4 and the T-72 of 3. American crews were, overall, better trained and better fit for field combat. Iraqi tankers tended to be rather poorly trained--a genuine hazard once combat began.

Next, the strategic thinking of the two opponents are discussed and--then--the actual fighting. The end result was a battering of the Iraqi forces. More American tanks were destroyed by friendly fire than by Iraqi tanks.

A nice brief volume on tank versus tank in Operation Desert Storm.
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