This is an extremely useful addition to the literature of armored warfare, particularly because it will be valued by both the novice and the expert. Most important, is that it fills a desperate need, for there has been very little coverage of post WW-II tank warfare. One of the unique aspects of the comparison derives from the fact that the actual engagements were fortunately not NATO versus Warsaw Pact forces. They were instead undertaken by proxies of the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. Thus we see the results of battle in the Iran/Iraq War, and the very best coverage yet of the crucial 1973 Israeli/Arab conflict.
Written by two of the top authors in their field, David Isby and Lon Nordeen, M60 vs T-62, Cold War Combatants 1956-92 gives a unique perspective on the development of two classic tanks and comes to a surprising conclusion. The authors make an exhaustive examination of the history of the design, development, modification and employment of the two armored warriors that were used by so many nations, and which were crucial in many conflicts. They compare the performance figures, the advances in technology and relate the fascinating, hard fought battles in which they were engaged, and come to the conclusion that the M60 and T-62 were technically on a par. The difference in the results of the battles, in which the M60 fared better by far, was the training and the skill of the crews employing them. This concept is especially valuable, for the M60 and T-62 were the very best tanks deployed in Europe during the most volatile days of the Cold War, and gives some retrospective comfort on the possible outcome had that war suddenly turned hot.
While I am far from an expert on tanks, it is obvious to me that this book sets the pattern for future efforts in comparing weapon systems, particularly because of the valuable insights the authors' expertise provides. The book itself is handsome (although some of the computer images might profitably have been left out) and is well stocked with black and white as well as color pictures, all with apt, succinct captions.