Osprey New Vanguard 102 : T-54 and T-55 Main Battle Tanks 1944-2004
The T-54 and T-55 tanks are the most widely manufactured tanks of all time. They have become ubiquitous to wars around the globe since the 1950s, starting with Hungary in 1956, and including the Arab-Israeli wars of 1967, 1973 and 1982, the Vietnam war of 1967-75, the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88, the Afghanistan conflict, Operation Desert Storm, the Yugoslav Civil Wars, and the recent conflict in Iraq. This book examines the roots of this prolific tank family, starting with the Soviet Army's first attempts to replace the legendary T-34 during World War II, and covering the T-43 and the T-44, the more successful T-54, and its ultimate evolution into the T-55. Text by Steven J Zaloga with illustrations by Hugh Johnson.
- Design and Development
- Active Service
- In Combat
- T-54 and T-55 in Other Theatres
- Colour Plate Commentary
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