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T-62, T-64 and T-72 tanks - USSR / Russia: books

A book on armoured vehicles from the Soviet Union and Russia? Here are books on the history, technology and deployment of the Russian T-62, T-64 and T-72 tanks and their derivatives.

Soviet T-62 Main Battle Tank

The T-62 is one of the most widespread tanks used by the Soviets during the Cold War. Developed from the T-55, the T-62 enjoyed a long career in the Red Army and even into the early days of the reformed Russian Army. It was the principal tank used by Soviet forces in the Soviet-Afghan War, and went on to see service with Russian forces in Chechnya and South Ossetia.
It has also been employed in almost every conflict in the Middle East and Africa from its introduction into service. It remains in service with many countries throughout the world and has seen a great deal of use in the Syrian Civil War.

Containing more than 400 stunning contemporary and modern photographs, and written by two experts on Soviet armour, this authoritative book tells the complete story of the T-62.

Author:James Kinnear, Stephen Sewell
Specs:192 pages, 25 x 18.5 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 in, hardback
Illustrations:400 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2021)
Book: Soviet T-62 Main Battle Tank

Soviet T-62 Main Battle Tank

Language: English

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T-62 Main Battle Tank 1965-2005 (Osprey)

The Soviet Army hastily developed the T-62 in a struggle to compete against the rapid proliferation of NATO tanks in the 1960s. It was essentially a modification of the widely-manufactured T-55 tank with the addition of a new 115mm gun.

Within the USSR itself, the T-62 was quickly superseded, but it was widely exported, becoming a critical component of the Egyptian and Syrian armies in the 1973 Yom Kippur conflict and heavily influenced later designs of the M1 Abrams and Challenger tanks.

In the first English-language history of this tank, Steven Zaloga examines the development of the T-62 using detailed combat descriptions to bring to life the operational history of this tank from the deserts of the Sinai to the harsh terrain of Afghanistan.

Author:Steven J. Zaloga
Specs:48 pages, 24.5 x 15.5 x 0.5 cm / 9.7 x 6.1 x 0.2 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2009)
Series:New Vanguard (158)
Book: T-62 Main Battle Tank 1965-2005 (Osprey)

T-62 Main Battle Tank 1965-2005

Language: English

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M60 vs T-62 - Cold War Combatants 1956-92 (Osprey)

Designed for the battlefields of Europe at the height of the Cold War, the M60 and T-62 were the premier combat tanks of their day. However, it was in the deserts of the Middle East that they finally met in battle.

This title examines the design and development of these main battle tanks, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, and describing and analyzing their performance on the battlefield during the Yom Kippur War, the Iran-Iraq War, and the first Gulf War.

Contents: Introduction - Improving the Armored Fist - Chronology - Design and development - Strategic Situation - Technical Specifications - Combat 1: Statistics and analysis - Combat 2: Statistics and analysis - Aftermath - Bibliography.

Author:Lon O. Nordeen
Specs:80 pages, 24.5 x 18.5 x 0.6 cm / 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.24 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2010)
Series:Duel (30)
Book: M60 vs T-62 - Cold War Combatants 1956-92 (Osprey)

M60 vs T-62 - Cold War Combatants 1956-92

Language: English

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T-64 Battle Tank : The Cold War's Most Secret Tank (Osprey)

The T-64 tank was the most revolutionary design of the whole Cold War, designed to provide the firepower and armour protection of a heavy tank in a medium-weight design. It pioneered a host of new technologies including laminate armour, stereoscopic tank rangefinders, opposed-piston engines, smooth-bore tank guns with discarding sabot ammunition, and gun-fired guided projectiles.
These impressive features meant that the Russians were loath to part with the secrets of the design, and the T-64 was the only Soviet tank type of the Cold War that was never exported.

Written by an armour expert, this detailed technical history sheds light on the secrets behind the Cold War's most controversial tank, revealing how its highly advanced technologies proved to be both a blessing and a curse.

Author:Steven J. Zaloga
Specs:48 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.5 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.2 in, paperback
Illustrations:20 b&w and 27 colour photographs
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2015)
Series:New Vanguard (223)
Book: T-64 Battle Tank : The Cold War's Most Secret Tank (Osprey)

T-64 Battle Tank : The Cold War's Most Secret Tank

Language: English

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T-72 Main Battle Tank 1974-1993 (Osprey)

The Russian T-72 Ural tank is the most widely-deployed main battle tank of the current generation. Used by the armies of the former Warsaw pact and Soviet Union, it has also been exported in large numbers to many of the states in the Middle East.

This book reveals the previously secret history behind the tank. Steven J Zaloga examines the conditions under which the T-72 was designed and produced. Technical aspects of the weapon are also discussed, including its EDZ reactive armour which, when it first appeared in December 1984, gave NATO a nasty shock.

Contents: Design and Development - Foreign T-72 Development - Inside the T-72M1 - Operational Use - T-72 Variants.

Author:Steven J. Zaloga
Specs:48 pages, 24.5 x 16.5 x 0.4 cm / 9.7 x 6.5 x 0.16 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 1993)
Series:New Vanguard (6)
Book: T-72 Main Battle Tank 1974-1993 (Osprey)

T-72 Main Battle Tank 1974-1993

Language: English

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M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural - Operation Desert Storm 1991 (Osprey)

The Gulf War bore witness to a number of deadly encounters between these two great adversaries. Heavily armoured, highly mobile and capable of killing at over 2500m the M1 Abrams is, to this day, a veritable fighting machine. Superior to both Iraq's Soviet era T-55 and T-62 tanks, nearly all sources claim that no Abrams tank has ever been destroyed by enemy fire. Despite entering service in 1980, the M1 Abrams remained untested in combat until the Gulf War in 1991, where it was to be confronted by its archenemy the Iraqi-assembled Soviet-designed T-72.
Entering production in 1971, the T-72 arguably outstripped its contemporaries in a balance of mobility, protection and firepower. By the time of Operation Desert Storm, however, the tables had turned and the tank suffered due to low quality ammunition and poorly trained crews.
In this fascinating study, Steven Zaloga pits these two great fighting machines against one another, plotting the development of the Cold War until both tanks met in combat in the deserts of Iraq and Kuwait.

Contents: Introduction - Chronology - Strategic Situation - Technical specifications - The combatants - Combat - Statistics and analysis - Aftermath - Bibliography.

Author:Steven J. Zaloga
Specs:80 pages, 24.5 x 18.5 x 0.6 cm / 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.24 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2009)
Series:Duel (18)
Book: M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural - Operation Desert Storm 1991 (Osprey)

M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural - Operation Desert Storm 1991

Language: English

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