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M60 Main Battle Tank, Tank Craft

A guide blending the history behind a U.S. battle tank used in the late twentieth century with resources for military vehicle modeling enthusiasts.

The M60 was a second-generation American main battle tank, the last in the line of Patton tanks that had first been developed at the end of World War II. It entered operational service with the United States Army in 1960 and some 15,000 M60s were manufactured by Chrysler at the Detroit Tank Arsenal Plant between then and when production ceased in 1983. It served with both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps and was the principal tank deployed in Europe in the sixties, seventies and early eighties, providing NATO’s main armored force at the height of the Cold War. It became one of the most widely used armored fighting vehicles of the twentieth century, serving in the armies of over twenty-five countries. It continued to serve alongside the M1 Abrams into the 1990s before this venerable Cold War warrior was finally retired from active service with the U.S. military in 1997.

This volume charts the development of the M60 from its origins in World War II to the Cold War. It focuses on its service with the U.S. military and other NATO armies, examining its combat service in the First Gulf War and also with other armies in the Middle East. The book gives a full account of the wide range of kits and accessories available in all the popular scales and a modeling gallery features builds covering a range of M60s in service with various armed forces. Detailed color profiles provide both reference and inspiration for modelers and military enthusiasts alike.

“Another marvelous Craft series profile – this time on the M-60. For all you gamers getting into ‘WWIII,’ here’s the tank that was a US mainstay during the Cold War.” —Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

David Grummitt

Pen & Sword Military