Before the Birth of the MBT

Western Tank Development 1945-1959

Dick Taylor, M.P. Robinson

Date Published :
December 2018
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22 color profiles, 150 archival photos
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9788395157585
Pages : 180
Dimensions : 11.7 X 8.3 inches
Stock Status : In stock


This book is intended to be the first in a short series looking at the major developments of battle tanks by the western nations in the period from the end of the Second World War to the present.

During WW2 the tank came of age, and was probably the predominant land weapon of the period. However the tank was never perfected during the war, and the post-war decades have seen enormous resources expended on trying to do just that – to make the tank perfect. This of course is an impossible task, as threats evolve and mutate, and trying to design a vehicle (or indeed any weapon of war) to do a multitude of different tasks will inevitably lead to compromise.

Notwithstanding this, the development of the modern ‘Chariots of Fire’ in the 1950s was an utterly fascinating process, with ten or more project and trial tank designs rejected for every design actually adopted. It was truly an era when technology was evolving rapidly, for if the specifications of the late 1940s differed little from the most powerful wartime designs; by 1960 the specifications for new battle tanks reflected every tactical implication of NATO’s nuclear strategy.

About The Author

Dick Taylor is a serving British Army officer who has been deployed in many areas of the world. Since being commissioned in 2000, he has specialized in tank gunnery instruction, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear operations, Psychological Operations, and lately, defense exporting. He has a First Class degree in History, and is currently reading for a Master's degree at Dundee University. He is married with two sons and lives in Blandford, Dorset.


"This book will be of great interest to armor modelers and armor historians alike. Highly recommended."

- AMPS Indianapolis

“Western tanks developed after WWII. Of particular interest was the dead-end development of US 75+ ton tanks towards the end of WWII that never saw action, but for 'what-if' the Soviets head west or Patton heads east scenarios, worth a look.”

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

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