The last decade of the Cold War was dominated by the introduction of state-of-the-art weapon systems for the American units in Europe, first and foremost receiving the revolutionary new M1 Abrams main battle tank. This publication shows the introduction and the early service years of the M1 and IPM1 main battle tanks in exercise shots taken with the USAREUR in Germany 1982-88. In addition there are reports on personal experiences, background information on the exercises involving the new MBT, information on the camouflage including special camouflage schemes and bumper codes and a special chapter on the markings of the M1-equipped US units.
Never before has the early active-service years of the M1 Abrams been covered in such great detail.
- Number of Pages: 64
- Quantity Photos and Illustrations: Illustrated with 100 color photographs, 24 b&w photographs and 6 graphics