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M50 Ontos and M56 Scorpion 1956-70
Author: Kenneth W Estes

ISBN: 9781472814739
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 48
Published: 26 October 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 18.4 x 0.5
Description:
Designed as fast, light tank destroyers for the Cold War battlefield, the agile, heavily armed M50 Ontos and M56 Scorpion instead found their raison d'.tre in the jungles of Vietnam. This book offers a technical and combat history of these intriguing vehicles that will appeal to historians of the Vietnam War and US tank enthusiasts.

Designed in the 1950s, the US Marines' M50 Ontos and the US Army's M56 Scorpion were both intended to be fast, light, air-droppable tank-killers for the Cold War battlefield - an answer to the cumbersome and ineffective World War II-vintage tanks that had taken to the battlefield during the Korean War. Although they shared the aim of bringing light, mobile and lethal antitank firepower to the infantry the two vehicles varied wildly in design to cater for their unique mission demands. They first saw service in the Lebanon intervention of 1958 but it was in the Vietnam War that they made their name, with the M50 Ontos seeing intense combat action in the Battle of Hue in 1968.

Detailed illustrations and expert analysis provide the reader with a comprehensive history of these deadly ...

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