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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 11 September 2013
If you have read any of the author's other books (such as This We'll Defend: The Weapons & Equipment of the U.S. Army) you will probably have a good idea of what to expect - namely a solid overview of the main weapons systems - here limited to combat vehicles only - of (in this case) the Cold War Soviet Union.

For each there is a background section and occasionally there are some short notes on the political situation leading to it (for instance the rise of longer range rockets under Khruschev) as well. The main aspects of the weapons system are then described and a data table provided for each, which covers the most salient features. The majority also come with pictures, although some rarer systems do without (which is unfortunate, since these generally exist in the public domain in the meantime).

The book is more of a high level overview in that it does not enter into lots of detail on each specific system and there is almost no information on the use of the weapons systems, where they have been deployed, etc. Information on foreign sales / use is also sketchy at best and one gets most of it from picture captions (which then more or less by definition cannot be exhaustive). Another aspect that some readers may not appreciate is the omission of all the combat vehicles, which debuted in WW2 but remained in use long after, or had specific versions produced only after WW2 (T-34/85, T-44, IS-2, IS-3... being some examples).

Still, it is a well executed guide to the majority of the Cold War combat vehicles of Soviet manufacture and will provide a good reference for those not primarily interested in the minutiae of each vehicle.
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on 12 October 2015
I had been hoping for something a bit more than a simple list of specifications. I would imagine this would be a useful reference book for people who already know a lot about Soviet weapons but it does not make an entertaining read and I gave up before I reached the half-way point.
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on 28 January 2013
Very good book, provides plenty of information on the various combat vehicles of the era, plus on their various variations.

overall a great read, well worth it
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on 5 February 2016
A bit wafer thin on anything other than basic data.
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on 17 March 2013
Neat book containing solid information on Soviet armoured vehicles of the era.
Correct level of detail to maintain interest. A follow up of how they performed in action could be a great idea.
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on 12 September 2015
Having looked at the preview this isn't even worth 99p. There is no background information of the development of the tanks or their use in conflicts such as Vietnam or the Middle-East Wars. The author mentions three different competing Soviet tank design departments which led to several tank designs being in production at the same time but then gives no further information! The tank specifications are brief and obviously taken from other books, or from information on the internet.
This is typical of the cobbled-together, cheap, self-published dross you find on Amazon which no proper publisher would print.
Avoid it at all costs and just look up Wikipedia where there is ten times the information on any of the tanks.
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A disappointing book which appears as though it had been put together in an afternoon, with information from the internet.
There are no colour photo`s of the vehicles and the ones that are present, are grainy and often in a museum setting, featuring a one sided view only.
Many of the vehicles mentioned have no photo at all.
An amateur book not good enough to use with military service, not recommended, a lazy school boy type effort.
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on 14 March 2013
Bit out of date, but perfect for a person of a certain age worried about Soviet invasion. Or thinking of visiting Syria or Egypt
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