A tightly focused illustrated study comparing the design, development, and combat performance of two of the Cold War's first main battle tanks.

Conceived at the height of World War II, the British Centurion and the Soviet T-55 were initially expected to counter the formidable Panther and Tiger tanks of Germany. But as the Cold War unfolded, these machines prepared instead for the coming struggle between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. Though they never fought in Europe, these two tanks became the mainstay of the Cold War's proxy forces around the world. From Korea to the Middle East and on to Angola, these two armored combatants clashed repeatedly, reaching their crescendo on the Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur War where 177 Centurions of the IDF took on a vastly superior Arab force.

Presented with highly detailed digital artwork and photographs, this is a tightly focused study of the development and operational history two of the Cold War's first main battle tanks.

Table of Contents

The crucible of war: original conception during World War II
Design and development
The Strategic section Cold War by proxy, Deserts and Jungle
Combat Yom Kippur War, Angolan War
The Combatants
Statistics and Analysis

Product details

Published 08 Sep 2022
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472859570
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Series Duel
Short code DUE 21
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Simon Dunstan

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Ian Palmer

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Howard Gerrard

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Griff Wason


Peter Bull


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