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Solid technical overview but hardly a word lost on the operational experience
on 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.