M48 - Geoffrey TillotsonLondon: Ian Allan, 1981, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little faded at the spine and onto the margins of the panels of the dust wrapper.
Number 4 in the series. Includes: Black & white photographs; Diagrams; List of abbreviations; Appendices (4);
From the cover: “The M48, like the British Centurion and Russian T-55, is an armoured fighting vehicle which has seen considerable active service throughout the world. Over 11,700 were built and at least 6,000 of these found their way into the inventories of armies outside the USA
— many through the Military Assistance Program. As such the M48 is of particular interest to the armour enthusiast because — unlike its more modern contemporaries — it has proved its ability in the field, be that in the sands of the Middle East or the mud of Vietnam.
The M48 was developed from the M26 Pershing, the American’s first ‘heavy’ tank which was produced at the end of World War 2. The improvement of the M26 design led first to the M46, then the M47 and from there to the M48. Such was the strength of the original design that the M48 was suitable itself for updating and was the progenitor of the M60 series — the USA’s current main battle tank. Geoffrey Tillotson covers this development in Modern Combat Vehicles 4 — M48 showing also the development of the M48 to M48A1,
-A2, -A3 and -A5 standard. Like most modern MBTs the M48 has spawned a number of variants — from bridge layer to recovery vehicle — and these are detailed along with the other, sometimes less successful, projects like mine clearing devices and self-propelled guns. With over 1 60 illustrations this book provides the military enthusiast with a complete history of a tank which continues to equip the front line forces of many country’s armies.”