Author: Cecil, Michael K.
Publisher: Trackpad Publishing
Binding: Pictorial Cover
Book Condition: As New
Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall
New book, 288 pages. In 1974, following an exhaustive series of competitive trials between the M60A1 and Leopard 1A1, the Australian government confirmed the purchase of the Leopard AS1 - in essence, a Leopard 1A3 with a unique suite of modifications to suit Australian requirements. A total of 103 vehicles were acquired, including MBTs, Bridgelayers and Armoured Recovery Vehicles, with the first arriving in Australia in late 1976. This book covers all aspects of the Australian Leopard family with a thorough look at the initial trials, the tank's introduction into service, technical problems. training exercises, maintenance and modifications. Each of the different variants and their capabilities are examined, as well as camouflage and markings, ammunition, crew dress, training equipment and the Leopard's tactical and strategic mobility.