- 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: 7.2 x 0.3 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural: Operation Desert Storm 1991 (Duel) Paperback – August 18, 2009
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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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The book begins with a detailed development history of both tanks, then moves on to a thorough technical passage. Then, the tactical and training aspects of both armys, highlighting the ineptitude of the Iraqi army and the evolving nature of the US Armys strong training regimens. Finally, a basic introduction to the Gulf War, and a swell account of the battles between the US VII Corps/24th ID and Tawakalna, Medina and Hammurabi Divisions of the Republican Guard. 73 Easting and Rumalyah are covered with a several paragraphs, while the Medina Ridge is covered with several pages, a good choice considering how 73 Easting is already well known. The book finishes of with a 2 page analysis of the engagements.
The book has a healthy mixture of text and photograph, a few maps and doesn't use the terrible 3D maps that plagues some of Ospreys other titles. I can't really think of any issues with the book, though some may be present that I didn't notice.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in the tank battles between the T72 and M1 Abrams.
We, the Americans, wiped out around a hundred enemy tanks without a single casualty. This result was unprecedented. It marked the end of tank warfare as we have known it. Tanks are nowadays vulnerable to helicopters, ground attack planes, smart artillery, and soon robots on the battlefield, but Soviet tanks are not a threat - at least not the export models.
No third world nation now can entertain the notion that they can buy an effective tank force with their oil money. If you hope to defeat an Abrams you will need something else.
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.
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.
Author Steven Zaloga compares the M1A1 Abrams, which had just come into Army service in large numbers, to the T-72 export variants provided to the Iraqis by the USSR. The book discusses the development of the two weapon systems and the philosophy behind their designs. Then it leads into the use by the Iraqi Army and the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Storm.In the end, the Abrams had several technological advantages over the T-72 which gave it a decisive edge, even when outnumbered by considerable margins. Well-illustrated by photographs, maps, drawings and other artwork.