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Product Details

  • Series: New Vanguard (Book 153)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846033918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846033919
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the world's foremost armor experts, Steven Zaloga, applies his formidable archives to the American airborne tank in M551 Sheridan." -Jon Guttman, Vietnam Magazine (August 2009)

"This is a small book, but it contains an awful lot of information. It is well illustrated with both color and black & white photographs. It also talks about other tanks intended for airborne use, both those that went before the Sheridan and those that followed." -www.books-on-line.com

"Author Zaloga does his usual superb job of telling the fascinating story of this rather unique vehicle and its predecessors. Thanks to a fine selection of photographs as well as the outstanding illustrations of Tony Bryan, we get to see how the M551 changed from first development to the end of its career. Another superb addition to the New Vanguard series and one that I am sure you will enjoy. Buy with confidence." -Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (April 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Col McFetridge on May 8, 2009
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I served in Sheridans in Germany and the US for 7 years. It was a tempermental beast that did not stand GI abuse, as its stable mates the M113 and M60 tank would. In the end, like many initiatives of the McNamara era, its designers tried to combine too many mission capabilities into a single vehicle. The technological compromises required for its conflicting missions resulted in a vehicle that was not really good at any. It was too heavy to airdrop with consistent success, too large to conduct reconnaissance, to poorly armored to take on main battle tanks and to fragile to keep its complicated missle system functioning. Soldiers were wounded and died unnecessarily in Vietnam because the M-551 was force-issued to units replacing the better protected M-48.

Mr Zaloga has captured the complexity and some of the oral legends of the M551. He takes the story, briefly but thoroughly, from the early days on light, airborne "tanks" in World War 2 up to the retirement of the M-551. He accurately reports on the exceptional mobility and speed of the hull and suspension (it NEVER through a track). But the turret, as Mr. Zaloga recounts was a never-ending nightmare. An excellent synopsis of a flawed vehicle that nonetheless served the US Army for over three decades.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary E. Binder on April 10, 2009
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Ever since the development of paratroops and other air-transported forces there has been a desire for them to be able to have tank support soon after landing. This was especially important in Europe where the Germans or Russians would be meeting airborne troops with armored counterattack. In this volume Mr. Zaloga looks at the development of American airborne armor since WW2. The focus of the book is on the M551 "Sheridan" which according to the Army was not a tank, but was an "Armored Reconnaisance/Airborne Assault Vehicle". The Sheridan was supposed to be a support vehicle for Armored Cavalry units and was to provide air-droppable punch for airborne attacks. The book covers a lot of ground, but the author is very familiar with the subject. As with all Osprey titles in this series the book is well illustrated with photos, drawings and artwork. A very helpful little volume covering one of the less apprecated aspects of modern warfare and one of the less appreciated armored vehicles that American has produced. The "Sheridan" was a vehicle with flaws, mostly from trying to be many things to many people, but it served long and generally well. I recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By History Nut on April 30, 2009
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This is a 'quick and dirty' publication regarding the Sheridan and the experiments to get to it from WWII to now. Zaloga does his usual great job of providing the reader with a good overview of the subject. There was a good balance between history/development and use.
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