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In the mid-1960s, the Soviet Union unveiled the BMP, the first true infantry fighting vehicle. A revolutionary design, the BMP marked a significant departure from the traditional armoured personnel carrier, with a lower silhouette and heavier armament than rival APCs. One of the most fearsome light-armoured vehicles of its day, it caused great consternation on the other side of the Iron Curtain as the Americans scrambled to design a machine to rival the BMP. The result was the M2/M3 Bradley. These Cold War icons first clashed - not on the plains of Europe, but in southern Iraq during the Gulf War of 1991. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork, this is the absorbing story of the origins, development and combat performance of the BMP and Bradley, culminating in the bloody battles of the Gulf War.
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Table of Contents

Introduction /Chronology /Design and Development /The Strategic Situation /Technical Specifications /The Combatants /Combat /Statistics and Analysis /Conclusion /Further Reading /Index

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The Gulf War of 1991 saw decisive battles between two rival infantry fighting vehicles developed during the Cold War: the Soviet BMP and the US Bradley. Sure to appeal to all those interested in armoured warfare since World War II, this fully illustrated study assesses the battles between Iraqi BMP infantry fighting vehicles and US Bradley IFVs during Operation Desert Storm.

About the Author

Mike Guardia is an Armor Officer in the United States Army. He holds a BA and MA in American History from the University of Houston, and obtained his commission there via ROTC in December 2008. His research interests include World War II in the Pacific, and the history of armored and guerrilla warfare. As an author, his previous works include Shadow Commander and American Guerrilla. He is currently stationed at Fort Bliss, TX. Born in Malaya in 1949, Alan Gilliland spent 18 years as the graphics editor of The Daily Telegraph. He now writes, illustrates and publishes fiction (www.ravensquill.com), as well as illustrating for a variety of publishers (www.alangilliland.com). Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator living in Nashville, Tennessee. He began his career in 1987 after graduating from Austin Peay State University. Most of his work is rendered in Adobe Photoshop using a Cintiq monitor. Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator living in Nashville, Tennessee. He began his career in 1987 after graduating from Austin Peay State University. Most of his work is rendered in Adobe Photoshop using a Cintiq monitor. His greatest influences are Angus McBride, Don Troiani, and Edouard Detaille. His interests include karate, running, Bible reading, history, and making English longbows.

Reviews

"When you add in the great photos, superb art work and various stat tables, you get a very good look at how well these adversaries performed against each other. It makes for a superb read and a book that I can easily recommend." - Modeling Madness"This story has so many dimensions, I have to recognize the author for doing an excellent job given the space provided to summarize them all. Highly recommended." - AMPS"I really enjoyed improving my understanding of the development of the Soviet BMP and US Bradley and their impact in the 1991 Gulf War from Mike Guardia." - IPMS/USA"Roundly recommended!" - Cybermodeler Online "When you add in the great photos, superb art work and various stat tables, you get a very good look at how well these adversaries performed against each other. It makes for a superb read and a book that I can easily recommend." - Modeling Madness"This story has so many dimensions, I have to recognize the author for doing an excellent job given the space provided to summarize them all. Highly recommended." - AMPS"I really enjoyed improving my understanding of the development of the Soviet BMP and US Bradley and their impact in the 1991 Gulf War from Mike Guardia." - IPMS/USA

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