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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey (10 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184603390X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846033902
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 577,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Coupled with some nice artwork, this is a very neat little reference for the T-62, and is enlightening with the development story that can now be told." - Robin Buckland, "Military Modeling" (September 2009) "Finally, a book on what I consider to be an important Armor vehicle has been written in English for the first time... Osprey's latest offering in their New Vanguard series is a soft bound 48 pages long. It has a concise history, a mix of black and white, color photographs, and several color plates... Steven Zaloga does a great job of writing about the T-62's fraught history. He covers Khrushchev's "missile tank" demands, internal political turmoil, factory production turmoil, and "bigger is better" issues." -Mark Aldrich, "IPMS/USA "(December 2009) "The book covers the development (with lots of info on the in-fighting that went with it) into the various uses and upgrades done to the tank over the years. This includes a look at the various specifications and comparisons to the tanks used by other forces. The illustrations and cut-aways of Tony Bryan really add to this interesting title as do the multitude of well chosen period photographs found throughout the edition. As an addition, you will find several pages of nicely done profiles, the sort of things that modelers really like to see. An excellent book on a most interesting subject and one that I am positive you will find to be of interest. One that will be pulled from the shelves time after time and one I can highly recommend to you." -Scott Van Aken, "Modeling Madness / www.modelingmadness.com "(February 2010)

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Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in history from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think-tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2012
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The T-62 was born out of the megalomania of Khruschev, the (in hindsight successful) political struggles of a lesser known tank design bureau (at the time), early missile technology, cost cutting and sustained by export success, the production and operational difficulties of the real main MBT contemporary (the T-64), and the sheer robustness of the well proven design.

The fact that it spearheaded the first widescale use of APFSDS ammunition, pioneered (for the Soviets) the use of fin stabilised HEAT rounds, became one of the first Soviet tanks with gun launched ATGMs, and spun off a very capable, if never successfully utilised tank destroyer (IT-1), have in the past often been overshadowed by its less than stellar performance at the hands of insufficiently trained tankers in the myriad of third world conflicts it was used in.

Given the over 19000 units produced and the widescale use both in the Soviet Union (including the Afghan, Chechnya and Georgia wars) and in practically all the places it has been exported to, it is surprising how little literature is available on the tank in English.

With this in mind, the current book plugs the gap quite convincingly, even if it cannot delve into all the detail possible, given its 48 page format.

On the plus side, you will get a good overview of the development process and the political background that led to the tank's creation (fairly novel for people not intimately familiar with the Soviet arms development practices), a summary of some of the main battles where the tank participated, a listing of the export sales and use, the descriptions of the main submodels and upgrades and several paintings and colour plates that should help the modellers out there.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By denise on 7 Sept. 2011
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purchased this as a gift for my son for use in his studies and exams, he also used it for a point of reference when he re-created scenes and built realistic scale model tanks for his hobbies.
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Excellent detailed description of a stopgap Russian tank 6 Sept. 2009
By moviemusicbuff - Published on Amazon.com
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Steven Zaloga does a great job of giving a brief yet comprehensive overview of the development, history, and combat performance of the T62 tank (in a mere 47 pages of text). This is one of the very few books that cover this important tank.

The T62 was a stopgap tank yet it was an important tank which performed well in the 1973 Arab Israeli War but fared poorly in the Afghan war, the Golan Heights and in Desert Storm. It was an export success but not to the degree of the T54-55. The T62 was later phased out in favor of the T64 and T72 tanks.

Some interesting facts that Zaloga brings out is the political struggle that occurred between the Khruschev bureau which favored missile tanks, and the Russian Army which did not. Later on, the Russian Army won out, and the T62 was armed with a smoothbore 115 mm cannon.

To my great pleasure, Zaloga covers the combat performance of the T62 in the Arab-Israel war, the Afghan War, and Desert Storm in detail (7-8 pages).

The scale drawings and color plates by Tony Bryan are excellent, as usual.

The Contents of the Book:

The Firepower Conundrum
The Krushchev Initiatives
The Stop-Gap Tank
On the Path to T-72
Swan Song of the Missile Tank
T62 Evolution
Export Bonanza
Into Combat
Further Reading

If you're a tank buff or military history enthusiast, you'll really enjoy reading this book. Highly recommended!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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By Hernani S. Oliveira Filho - Published on Amazon.com
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A good book of the second most fabricated MBT after second world war, more them 30.000 were build!! a good source for modelers and students!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Another Zaloga "hit" 1 Dec. 2009
By Death Dealer 6 - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Zaloga has created another fine review of a tank that was shrouded in cold war secrecy. While this format is by design short and concise, he has included a good deal of development details and deployment history. Th photos and color plates are varied and include some of the variants that may be completely new to a reader who has not done a great deal of investigation with regard to this important "stop gap" tank of the USSR and her client states.
This is a good companion to the other Vangusrd books on the modern Soviet (and Russian) tanks and those of the NATO forces.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A thorough analysis of the T-62 Soviet Russian tank 24 Nov. 2009
By Hector Manuel Cabral Betancor - Published on Amazon.com
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Hi again everyone!

Steven J. Zaloga's book is a good work which provides several accurate enough data with regard to the tank's features, which were actually never published.
Moreover, he makes just mentions as for the places where the T-62 got into action such as Iran-Iraq War, The Arab-Israeli Conflicts or the 1991 War for Kuwait, just to take some examples.
However, I must state that unfortunately Mr. Zaloga did not make any mention about another conflict which also saw use of the T-62 tank: the so called Bush War (or Border War as it is known by the white South Africans as well) which took place in Southern Africa for 23 years. Mainly in nowadays Namibia and south of Angola.
As i have just said, the T-62 tank saw use mainly by the Angolan and Cuban military.
And though I understand that unfortunately there are maybe no many open sources on the Cuban side, the author of the work might actually have a look into the South African side as well. He might look into the South African viewpoint, and therefore even make a single mention, but unfortunately he merely did not. It is as though he actually had forgotten to carry out an thorough investigation as for the use of the tank in this conflict.
I am therefore a little dissappointed.
But the book is VERY GOOD despite he has as seems lost his mind with regard to the conflict which I have just mentioned.
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