I note from certain reviews of this work published on Amazon.com, that other knowledgeable people have questioned the validity of certain aspects of this book. Interestingly, author and acknowledged tank expert Michael Green has addressed those issues in his replies (under comments) but the original reviews appear to remain unchanged.
Michael Green lives in Dale City, California and when it comes to `Tanks' he really does know his stuff. In this excellent work, he provides us with a lavishly illustrated work in which he traces the requirement for a new battle-tank to replace the Sherman and Pershing which had, by that time, seen their day.
After the endorsement of a professional foreword from Lt. Colonel K. W. Estes (US Marine Corps), Green gets straight down to basics by commencing with an opening chapter entitled; `The Patton Tank Genesis' in which he explains clearly the requirement for something to equal the German Tigers of WW2 and the trials and tribulations along the way. Having set the scene so well, he then provides further chapters on; the M46, M47 M48-M48A3, the Patton Tank in Vietnam, M48A5 and Patton Tanks in Foreign Service before culminating in a particularly fascinating final chapter which reveals the different variants of this versatile machine.
Of those earlier mentioned comments, the book is criticised for not including the M60 series which many regard as a `Patton Tank.' As Green explains in his replies, however; whilst the M60 was a direct descendant of the M48, it was never officially classified as a Patton tank and TACOM did not consider it part of the Patton tank series. In other words; whereas all London buses are red, not all red buses are from London!
Books about a specific series of vehicle (any vehicle) can easily become so technical as to be of little or no interest to anyone beyond the usual devotees. In this instance, however, I found the book fascinating, informative and a really good read as I followed the evolution of the Patton Tank from beginning to end. I particularly enjoyed the final chapter which showed many variants of this splendid machine - especially the bridge layer which reminded me of my own attachment to a British unit in German which had similarly equipment.
Altogether, therefore, quite an excellent work.
British Army major (Retired)
on 10 November 2012
Gents and Ladies this must be one of the best books for the PATTON tanks around , so far , with exellent pictures (unfortunately none in colour- shame ) particularly explanatory and a first "handbook" for modellers around the world . One small complaint it has very very few info on the best M48 around the world these days and that is the Greek Armys M48A5 MOLF ... (yes I AM GREEK )
My best to the authors (...and a wish to make one on the last member of Pattons the M60s)...
With all due respect