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Product Details

  • Series: New Vanguard (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (September 30, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855323389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855323384
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gerald P. Owens on April 23, 2002
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Steve Zaloga is one of the leading scholars on Russian and Warsaw Pact armor, and this book was one of the first to take advantage of the new information that became available after the fall of the Soviet Union. It traces the development of the weapon and its deployment by Russia, its allies, and the third world customers who bought the export versions. Zaloga also reveals the Soviet designations for the various subtypes. The Russian obsession with secrecy meant that many spurious designations appeared in NATO manuals on the subject, and the author finally clears up the actual designations of the variant models. The T-72's poor performance in combat is examined and the reasons are discussed, and it is compared to its design rivals, the T-64 and the T-80. There is a nice selection of pictures of all subtypes, and a color center section by artist Peter Sarson shows the markings and camouflage of the vehicle. This title is aimed at model builders, wargamers and those with a casual interest in military technology, but the format is too limited for the dedicated historian or defense analyst.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Herburger on April 17, 2013
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Overall this text was exactly what I wanted; an in-depth, informative delving into of the famous Soviet T72 Tank.

I especially enjoyed the crew-compartment photos/appropriate explanations and the detailed cut-away print. The details on version development/evolution, export models, and so on are all great as well.

With that being said, I do feel that the text would benefit greatly from an updated edition that explores more recent improvements, models, and so on. I'm particularly interested in a brief analysis of the T-72 in recent conflicts such as the on-going Syrian Civil War, Chechen conflicts, and the Russian-Georgian 2008 conflict which, though short, featured T-72s on both sides (although I'm unsure if they were used to any notable extent).

Still, worth the price for me, great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oscar Vasquez on May 4, 2014
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As I named it, a great source of information and a rather authoritative product about this widespread Soviet Era AFV. Accurately described and very well organised small reference of almost every version of that tank, with their most acute differences as well as similarities. Although is in need for a second edition to cover the most recent developments about this fantastic AFV.
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By Steven Gauss on February 27, 2013
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As is typical for Mr Zaloga's work, this book in a very short space gives an excellent capsule history of the vehicle, particuarly the problems and dangers faced by those who must use it. A must have for any armor afficiando
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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.