Tank Craft #37: M60 MBT
|Pen & Sword|
|$24.95 from Casemate|
64 pages, softcover, 200 illustrations
This book from Pen & Sword's series on military vehicles concentrates on the US built M60 MBT. This is a tank that was the ultimate progression of the Patton series of tanks that started with the M46 back in the late 1940s. As with all military equipment, the type was upgraded as time went along to where the M60 was only faintly recognizable as part of the Patton line (though the tank never had a name). It was the mainstay of the US Army and Marine Corps tank outfit for decades and was also used by other nations. Some are still in service, though not with the US as it has been totally replaced by the turbine powered M1 Abrams and derivatives.
Since the M60 doesn't have a long combat record, much of the historical background of the book is spent on the development of the Patton series. It also looks at the different variations on the theme including the engineer vehicles that were placed on this chassis. The types main combat was in the Middle East. First with Iranian forces in the Iran-Iraq war and later during Gulf War I. Some tanks were also used during the Grenada operation. There is then a good size section of large profiles, often accompanied by a photo of the vehicle in question. Then we get to some feature model builds along with a rundown of kits and accessories that are available for the M60. These sections are by no means comprehensive but do cover most of what is currently available. A small walk-around section is also provided.
This is a nice addition to the series and is the type of book to appeal to enthusiasts and modelers alike. Well worth picking up.
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