By John F. Antal
In the course of the Sixties, programmed guide was once voguish in advertisement and institutional in addition to academic circles. Antal, an incredible within the US military, makes a martial similar of this method the center piece of a gimmicky textual content thats as a lot handbook as novel. Following specified briefings at the Abrams tank and allied concerns, the writer introduces younger moment Lieutenant Sam Jaeger. published to the center East, the place the USA is engaged in barren region conflict with an unidentified foe, Jaeger is given command of an armor platoon thats a key point in a battalion adverse by means of a motorized rifle department. sooner or later, our heros outfit is assigned to assault antagonistic forces whose place is doubtful, and Jaeger needs to draft operational orders for his troops. At this element, Antals narrative starts off to fragment, taking over the nature of a choice tree. At quite a few phases, readers needs to workout one of many numerous suggestions open to the rookie officer and continue to the sections disclosing the results in their joint choice. those that decide the right kind passages throughout the authors tactical thicket are rewarded by means of the intelligence that their offerings as proxies helped Jaeger win the day and earn a battlefield promoting to captain, plus a Silver celebrity. against this, failure to teach initiative and to heed a superiors motive effects not just in suppositious demise or catch but in addition a call for participation to aim back. As Antal makes abundantly transparent in his twisty, hard-boiled plotlines, armed clash can end up extraordinarily unforgiving of errors. A professionally right bang-youre-dead workout whose allure turns out constrained to armchair strategists, gaming buffs, and, most likely, the Soldier of Fortune crowd. The didactic drill comprises reasonable maps, diagrams, tables, and line drawings all through.
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Some vehicles had 25mm applique armour on turret front and rear, and on hull front. 81. Challenger in service with rear dustguards removed. Note door in turret rear. 82. Late production Challenger; note the splash plate protecting the turret ring. This was a retrospective modification added as a result of trials. 47 SELF-PROPELLED GUN, AVENGER (A30) United Kingdom 83. Standard production Avenger; note the open-topped turret. The turret had a mild steel canopy (incorporating hatches) for crew protection.
The prototype vehicle, however, had the same suspension as the Challenger. Named Avenger, the A30 SP also differed from the Challenger in having its superstructure height reduced to lower the overall height of the vehicle. SPECIFICATION Designation: SP 17pdr, A30 (Avenger) Crew: 4--5 (commander, driver, gunner, loader (optional second loader)) Battle weight: 69,4401b Power/weight ratio: 22hp/ton Dimensions: Length 28ft 7in Track width 15tin (24ft 3in gun aft) Track centres/tread 8ft I iin Height 7ft 3in Width lOft Armament: Main: 1 x 17pdr OQF Secondary: 1 x ·303 ca] Bren MG (AA) Armour thickness: Maximum 10lmm Minimum 10mm Traverse: 360 Elevation limits: +20 to -10 Engine: Rolls-Royce Meteor V12 600hp Maximum speed: 32'3mph Maximum cross-country speed: 20mph (approx) Suspension type: Improved Christie with return rollers.
Later pattern with full shield to gun. 56. Crusader Dozer. 57. Crusader I L Gun Tractor M k I. 53. Crusader III, AA Mk II. AA Mk III of similar appearance. 5g. Crusader Dozer and Crane, Royal Ordnance Factory. 54. Crusader AA with triple Oerlikon mount. 39 CRUISER TANK, Mk VII, CAVALIER (A24) United Kingdom 59. One of the six Cavalier pilot vehicles. shorter engine life, and was even more prone to breakdown. Production vehicles were used only for training as gun tanks, but in 1943 half were converted to OP tanks for artillery use and in this guise some were used by artillery regiments of armoured divisions in the NW Europe campaign of 1944-45.
Armor Attacks: The Tank Platoon - An Interactive Exercise in Small-Unit Tactics and Leadership by John F. Antal