Dutch Leopard 1

Dutch Leopard 1
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At the end of 1969, the first of 468 Leopard 1 tanks from the German manufacturer Kraus-Maffei were transferred to the Royal Dutch Army.
Price £17.50
Format Paperback
Pages 80
Illustrations Colour and Black/White photographs
Publisher Trackpad Publishing
ISBN Number 9780992842505
Product Description
At the end of 1969, the first of 468 Leopard 1 tanks from the German manufacturer Kraus-Maffei were transferred to the Royal Dutch Army. The cavalrymen had waited anxiously for this new, reliable and above all, mobile tank. The superiority of the Warsaw Pact saw NATO forced to act in a mobile fight. In the eighties, the Leopard underwent an extensive improvement involving the military, the press and politics. After the fall of the iron curtain, and after twenty years of service, the end came for this defining tank within the Army. The author, Willem Smit, affiliated with the Netherlands Institute of Military History, pays tribute to the operational deployment of this battle tank and also focuses on the development, testing, troubled service and phasing out of the Leopard 1 tank. Armoured fist of the Royal Dutch Army is a richly illustrated book, accessible to both the uninitiated, the modeller and the enthusiast. From a military historical perspective I believe the book accomplishes the goal of explaining in detail the saga of the Dutch Leopard 1. From a modelling perspective, the book provides a good textual and pictorial view of the modifications done to the Dutch Leopards over the years should a modelling project be undertaken. The images in the book are overall very good and show the unique aspects of the Dutch tanks very well. The layout of the test is easy to follow and it flows very well within each chapter. I would recommend this book to those who want the full details on the Dutch Leopard 1.

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