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3.0 out of 5 stars T-80 STANDARD TANK - AVG BOOK, 23 Mar. 2009
This review is from: T-80 Standard Tank: The Soviet Army's Last Armored Champion (New Vanguard) (Paperback)
i HAVE BOUGHT MOST OF ZALOGA'S EARLIER WORKS AND FOUND THEM TO BE EXCELLENT - ESP THE T-72 IN THE SAME SERIES .

HOWEVER - I FIND THIS A BIT BELOW PAR

FIRST -THE MARGINS ON THE LEFT INNER SIDE AND RIGHT INNER SIDE ARE REALLY CRAMPED - ONE HAS TO REALLY STRETCH THE BOOK TO READ - REALLY POOR PUBLISHING

NEXT THE HISTORY AND ORIGINS ARE WELL COVERED AND ZALOGA ATTEMPTS TO COVER THE VARIOUS VERSIONS T-80 B , BV,D & T-80 U - AND THIS IS WHERE THE BOOK FALLS FLAT

THERE IS NO SECTION CALLED INSIDE THE T-80 TANK UNLIKE THE T-72.

- THE BASIC TECHNICAL DESCRIPTIONS OF THE T-80 ARE COMPLETELY OMITTED - ALTHOUGH THERE ARE SECTIONS ON REACTIVE ARMOR , DIESEL POWER PLANT (WHY NOT ON THE BASIC GAS TURBINE ??) , POTTED SECTIONS ON ANTI-TANK MISSILE - NOTHING ON THE MAIN 125 mm GUN - LOOKS LIKE THE PUBLISHER COMPLETELY CUT-OFF THE INTERESTING TECHNICAL BITS.

HOWEVER THE TEXT AND COLOR PHOTOS ARE GOOD - OBVIOUSLY ZALOGA HAS A HUGE AMOUNT TO TELL AND HAS VAST INFORMATION AND OSPREY SAW FIT TO SQUEEZE IN THE BASICS IN 48 PAGES

WHY CANT OSPREY INCREASE CERTAIN TITLE TO BEYOND 48 IN THE VANGUARD SERIES - FORTRESS SERIES IS 60 PAGES AND SOMETIMES THERE ISNT ENOUGH TO COVER = LOGIC BEATS ME

FEEL OSPREY WILL BE BETTER SERVED TO CHANGE THEIR PRINTING AND ALSO LOOK AT PUBLISHING THIS AS TWO PARTS - SECOND PART CAN ALSO COVER MORE OF THE TECHNICAL DESCRIPTIONS OMITTED AND FOREIGN OPERATORS LIKE PAKISTAN , CYPRUS AND KOREA .

I would highly recommend THE Main Battle Tank T80 by Mikhail Baryatinskiy PUBLISHED BY MIDLAND COUNTIES (IAN ALLAN, UK) volume is thicker (81 pages) and offers excellent colored photos of the T80 and better technical descriptions and diagrams AND AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.CO.UK.
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An absolutely dreadful disjointed review, littered with typo errors and non-existent punctuation, and infuriatingly typed completely (apart from some of the final paragraph) in capitals.
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