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Soviet/Russian Armor and Artillery Design Practices
1945 to Present

Andrew W. Hull, David R. Markov, Steven J. Zaloga


Darlington Productions



S u m m a r y

Description and Authors: Soviet /Russian Armor and Artillery Design Practices: 1945 to Present Publisher: Darlington Production Edited by: Andrew W. Hull, David R. Markov, Steven J. Zaloga
Price: USD$65
Contents and Media: Hard cover; 446 pages; over 500 pictures
Review Type: FirstRead
Advantages: Highly informative; readable style; lots of pictures.
Disadvantages: No color pictures; relatively expensive
Recommendation: Recommended to all post-war Soviet armor fans


Reviewed by Sean Neilan




I saw this title while browsing amazon.com. I decided instantly that I needed the book because I was about to start my first armor model, Tamiya's IS-3. 

The one draw back I could see was it's USD$65 pricetag. However, I managed to split the difference with my parents  and a few days later the package arrived. 

The book has a hard-cover with approx 500 black and white photos. It has 446 pages loaded with information. It starts with a brief description of armor trends of WW2, then moves on to how they affected the post-war design. 

The text continues with a detailed description of each tank, artillery piece, anti-tank weapon, and armored transport to serve with the Red Army from 1945 until 1999, and some that never made it past prototype stage. The description includes the design history, complete armor and armarment specifications, and operational use. 

In summary, this book is a must have for anyone interested in post-war Soviet military equipment. The one slightly negative factor is that the 500+ pictures are all reproduced in black and white.


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Last updated 22 July, 2003

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