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Chieftain Main Battle Tank 1965-2003 (Osprey New Vanguard)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2011
There is only one draw back to this book like all books on the Chieftain. There should be mentioned what you should be looking for in identifying the differences between the marks produced. Because so many of them were remodelled especially the Mks2 & 3 it gets difficult in trying to sort them out.

However a good book but if you need a more detailed book try "Chieftain" by Rob Griffin published in 2001 by Crowood. Still no way in which you can identify the different marks properly though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 17 December 2012
As is standard for the series, one gets a pretty solid overview of the development, versions, customers and features of the tank, with the usual colour plates, pictures, and detailed drawings. So far so good. The author clearly did his research and largely succeeded in presenting a concise overview of the tank in question.

One gets some added boni, such as a fairly lengthy discourse on the failings and eventual improvements of the engine and some development details of the Iranian versions.

Where the book falls largely flat (even compared to others in the series) is that it hardly offers any information on the operational use (apart from some engine reliability stats and a footnote that Iranian tankers appreciated the ammunition storage).

Unfortunately this omission costs the book the fourth star it would have amply deserved, had this aspect been covered in some more detail. If you are only interested in the technical specifications and development of the tank, the book will likely suffice, though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2011
If you are interested in the technical aspects of the Chieftain tank in British service then this book is for you. If you are interested in how it actually fared in combat you'll be gravely disappointed. The Chieftain was extensively used by the Iranians during the Iraq-Iran War, often in static emplacement and was futher modified by the Iranians and also used by the Kuwaitis against Saddam Hussein's invasion but the author doesn't mention this much. If you really want a good read grab a book by Steve Zaloga instead.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2004
I brought this mainly as a source to help with a model of the Chieftan I am building. As such it was quite helpful with several large pictures and also some colour schemes actually in service. There is an extensive history of the design and development of the tank and also a great deal of information on the variants that were prouced
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on 13 June 2014
I served on the Mk1 & Mk2 Chieftains.

A little disappointed that there was only one very small mention of my Regiment's use of this Armoured Vehicle.

However it will make a good reference book in my "Armoured Vehicles Library".

It just shows that politicians should have no say in what vehicles the Army requires to be "Fit-For-Purpose"!!
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on 6 March 2014
good book for technical and historical data I found it a help with model building to get a feel for the veh
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on 18 May 2015
Does what it says
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