New Book On Amx Leclerc Mbt
Posted 03 June 2015 - 0810 AM
Posted 30 August 2015 - 2319 PM
Excellent Book - Review 5 stars
The Leclerc is one of the most significant and innovative MTB's of our times.
Sadly , there is not a single exclusive english book on the Lelclerc since inception - Osprey's Vanguard series seemed the best bet - but most UK based publications ignore modern French subjects like the Lelcerc MBT , the Rafale/Mirage 2000/Charles de Gaulle - perhaps because there is no perceived market in the US .
Indeed most of the books published on the fascinating Lelcerc and in my collection are either French, Polish or the odd publication from the German Tankograd . Incidentally , the last major work was the excellent 2005 French ETAI published work by Marc Chasillan .Thus I have been quite excited with this new all english offering by the Polish publication Kagero on the Char LeClerc.
Kagero's latest in the Photosniper series covers the early design and development of the AMX -56 rechristened as the LeClerc ,along with the various upgrades,differences in batches , derived vehicles , conversions and deployment in France , UN in Kosovo , Lebanon and UAE.
It also reveals it as a possible Chieftain replacement in the early 90's and mentions trails at the famous Bovington range - this new MBT replacement sounded far fetched considering the presence of the behemoth Vickers in UK . Thus its no surprise that the Leclerc lost out as the new MBT for UK and one reason touted was the three man crew due to the auto-loader ,which dispensed with the fourth crew member - perhaps too radical for the UK ?
While this book is tailored towards modellers with superb colour photos , clear printing , semi-glossy pages , close up of equipment and at least 10 Pp of walk around pictures - there is enough technical information to keep the hard core armour enthusiast interested - there are chapters on the engine , armour , fire power etc with various parts removed for maintenance and plenty of text annotations with each photograph - however what is missing are some basic technical drawings and the mandatory cut-away cross section.
To compensate , there are new interesting pictures of the Leclerc on manoeuvres and also being transported on its trailer and on the latest upgrades planned . Also included are a few technical plans and 10 side profile artworks depicting the various camouflage patterns and markings used including the for UN and there is a modest bibliography at the end which reveals the paucity of literature available .
Look forward to a similar release by Kagero on the T-90 " Vladimir" - its a fantastic addition and a must buy for any modern armour enthusiast or modeller .
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