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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (19 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841764698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841764696
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Steven J. Zaloga was born in 1952, received his BA in history from Union College, and his MA from Columbia University. He has published numerous books and articles dealing with modern military technology, especially armoured vehicle development. His main area of interest is military affairs in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in the Second World War, and he has also written extensively on American armoured forces. Peter Sarson has produced graphic cutaways for many armoured vehicle publications, and is regarded as one of the world's great illustrators of military vehicles. Peter lives and works in Dorset.


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Great overview of the M10 and M36. The colour plates give great inspiration for modelers. Would of liked more about the Achilles though.
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Just what the tank doctor ordered if you are a tank fan or interested in armour from World War Two
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Excellent information and photos fot my model making and paintings
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91d9f7bc) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
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HASH(0x91e8cc0c) out of 5 stars A Good History of the M10 Tank Destroyer... 3 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book describes American tank destroyer development from the unauspicious beginnings with the cheesy M5 that constantly broke down, various prototypes that weren't put in production, and halftrack mounted guns to the effective M10 and M18 76mm gun tank destroyers. Several pages describe the conversion of M10s with a new turret armed with a 90mm gun which became the M36 tank destroyer, the shortage of M10 hulls requiring some to be completed with Sherman tank hulls, as well as the British M10C Achilles armed with the much vaunted 17-Pounder gun.
After reading this book, I feel it should have been titled "The M10 Tank Destroyer...Oh Yeah, And The M36 Too". While I had no idea before reading this book that M36 tank destroyers are mostly converted M10s and also are not officially called 'Jackson', the deployment history of the 90mm M36 series feels abbreviated. Like Zaloga's M4A3(76mm) Sherman 1943-1965 book, post-war use is sparse, with only a page and a quarter of text but several nice pictures and caption commentary filling in for the laconic state of the post-war section. I certainly would have appreciated more details on how some of these foreign customers of the M10 and M36 used them; instead, the nations are described in passing, such as the Western European allies, Egypt, South Korea, Pakistan, and Yugoslavia, with no unit descriptions or how they fared in battle. It really is unfortunate that considering the Zaloga quality of work of the development and deployment of the M10 76mm gun tank destroyer, the M36 90mm gun tank destroyer appears like an afterthought that was appended merely to flesh out a book about the M10.
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HASH(0x91db50cc) out of 5 stars Excellent treatment on U.S. Tank Destroyers in WWII 27 Oct. 2004
By moviemusicbuff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Steven Zaloga is one of my favorite writers on AFVs and Tanks. This new series does not disappoint. I was particularly interested in the performances of the M10 and M36 in combat, and Zaloga describes those in detail, in particular the inadequacies of the 76mm gun in combat and the effectiveness of the 90mm, especially against the German Panther and Tiger tanks in the Ardennes. What I really liked were the little charts that Zaloga inserts throughout the book, which shows statistics such as the armor penetration comparisons of the 76mm & 90mm, the production numbers of the M10 and M36 in 1943-1944, the combat losses, and the conversion numbers of M10s into M36s. As usual, the Vanguard series offers great B & W photographs as well as colored illustrations of the vehicles in the middle. Zaloga always includes a good bibliography and notes on the color plates. Zaloga is able to pack it a lot of information in 48 pages of text. This is an excellent treatment of the M10 & M36. If you're an armor enthusiast or a modeler, you'll enjoy this book. Highly recommended!
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HASH(0x91db51d4) out of 5 stars The Mother of Necessity 15 Aug. 2009
By matt8386 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In 1940, the US army was the 17th largest in the world. After watching the German Blizkreig, everyone knew something had to be done, and quickly. Here the idea developed to creat a mobile Anti Tank gun to stop the German offensive. It had to be put into production quickly and cheaply.

To save weight, there was no turret top. Mistake. Made the crew vulnerable to granades and sniper file. Ironically,the turret was unbalanced, so they had to add counter weights of 3,000 pounds so it would rotate properly. Did't save much weight after all.

Another design feature - trade armor protection for speed. Did not work that way. US tank destroyers were sent in as tanks to support infantry. As usual, we put cannons on the destroyers that were no better than the M-4's until late 1944 when 90mm versions arrived.

This is a great book on a brief history of US tank development of the M-10 and M-36. A lot of important information, statistics and data is included. Numbers manufactured, dates, etc. Very good B&W photos, some line drawings. A good balance between a history book and a modelers book.

The author tucks away a neat factoid on the cover page - the M-36 commonly referred to as the "Jackson" was a post war name and not found in WW2 references by the Army or crew. Nor was the M-10 called the Wolverine. Intersting and shows how these small jems can suprise you with information you thought you already knew. I recommend this book.
HASH(0x91ea3648) out of 5 stars Lots of general detals for the page count 28 Sept. 2015
By Joe Neal - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy this 48 page book a lot - it includes the pictures and technical details M10 and M36 and some details of the British Achilles. The author explains the origins of the Tank Destroyer concept, vehicle development (for example explaining the counter-weights on the M10 and how a simple motor was suggested only after the hard work was done), and modifications including auxiliary vehicles based on the M10 hull as well as the British 17 pounder reworking (in basic detail). There are tables listing conversions to 17 pounders (and conversions of M10s and M4 tanks to M36s) and losses and strengths in Europe. Main cannon are explained somewhat in detail.

Service use in all of the theaters they appeared in is dealt with in at least part. He explains their role as self-propelled artillery and (without great detail) how they encountered heavier German armor in Italy before June 1944 for example.

There is a tremendous amount of information I haven't found elsewhere. I just wish the author had done two things: (a) laid it out a little better. Likewise the wording could be better: rather than stating "The M10 cost $47,900, compared to $60,200 for the comparable M4A2 tank, a price difference of about 25 percent." it would have been clearer to state "..the M4A2 cost 25% more than the M10 or the M10 cost 80% of the M4A2." And I would have liked to see the costs associated with building M36 turrets and installing them on the three basic hulls (M10s without turrets; removing turrets from M10s; and on M4s).

And (b) done a lot more into the technical details, some of which are glaringly wrong. For example: Page 24 the Panther's glacis is 80-mm thick and sloped at 55 degrees it is roughly 140-mm/5.5-inches thick, not 85-mm and 185-mm thick. In "Panther Versus Sherman" he gets the thickness and slope right but somehow does the math wrong and comes up with 145-mm thick. But the gun table (as small as it is) indicating penetration is more accurate than some of the tables I've seen.

Compared to some of the similar books of their series this one has a lot of meat in it.
HASH(0x91db5138) out of 5 stars Excellent comprehensive book on 2 important US Tank Destroyers in WWII 4 Jan. 2015
By moviebuff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Another excellent book on two of the most important U.S. tank destroyers in WWII. Steven Zaloga does an outstanding job in describing the development of both the M10 and the M36, providing the detailed specifications of each, and the combat performance. What I was most interested in was the combat performance of the M36, since it was one of the few American AFVs in World War II that could destroy the German Panther and Tiger tanks with its 90mm gun. Zaloga provides informative charts that describe the armor piercing performance of the 3 inch (76mm) gun, the 17 pounder, and the 90mm gun respectively. The author also describes the combat usage of the M10 in the Pacific theater, the British usage of the M10, and the postwar usage of both vehicles. The beautiful colored plates are done by P. Sarson and M Badrocke. Overall, a superb and informative book on the M10 and M36 Tank Destroyers. Highly recommended for tank and AFV buffs.
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