M1 Abrams MBT

From 1980 (M1, M1A1 & M1A2) by Bruce Newsome & Gregory Walton

The M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank first entered US Army service in 1980 and since then, approximately 10,000 have been built and today they also serve with the Australian, Egyptian, Iraqi, Kuwaiti, Saudi Arabian and Moroccan Armies. The Abrams, named after former Army Chief of Staff General Creighton Abrams, first saw combat during the First Gulf War in 1991, again during the second in 2003 and in Afghanistan from 2010. It is currently deployed in South Korea and recently returned to Europe as the threat of a second ‘Cold War’ looks increasingly more likely.

The authors are both ex-Abrams ‘tankies’ which makes this latest addition to the Hayne’s Manual collection extremely authoritative. The author’s personal experiences during training and during combat help give the reader a more authentic experience, rather than hearing the story from a historian who has never even served. Detail of the tanks armament, including the M1’s 105mm rifled gun to the A1s and A2s 120mm smooth-bore weapon, fire control systems, protective materials and ergonomic controls, to name a few, are covered in great detail.

This is a highly recommended purchase for fans of the Abrams which is set to remain in service until at least 2040. Thanks to Max and Emillie at McCann PR for our review copy.

MC

 

ISBN: 978-1785210990

Price: £22.99

Pages: 156

Format: Hardback – A4

Publisher: Haynes Publishing

Website: www.haynes.com