T-54 and T-55 Main Battle Tanks 1944 2004

T-54 and T-55 Main Battle Tanks 1944 2004

By Steven J. Zaloga; Hugh S. Johnson (Illustrator)

Osprey Publishing (UK), Paperback, 9781841767925, 48pp.

Publication Date: July 25, 2004

Description
The T-54 and T-55 tanks are the most widely manufactured tanks of all time. They have become ubiquitous to wars around the globe since the 1950s, starting with Hungary in 1956, and including the the Arab-Israeli wars of 1967, 1973 and 1982, the Vietnam war of 1967-75, the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88, the Afghanistan conflict, Operation Desert Storm, the Yugoslav Civil Wars, and the recent conflict in Iraq. This book will examine the roots of this prolific tank family, starting with the Soviet Army's first attempts to replace the legendary T-34 during World War II, and covering the T-43 and the T-44, the more successful T-54, and its ultimate evolution into the T-55.