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London: Octopus Books, 1975. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. Format is approximately 8.5 inches by 11 inches. 144 pages. Illustrated endpapers. Key to Symbols Used in Maps. Introduction by Aram Bakshian, Jr. Illustrations (some in color). Maps. Tank Data Section. Index. This is one of the Modern Military series edited by Michael Leitch. The development of the tank from its inception in WWI to post-World War II. Includes studies on important tank designs, how tank armor works, and armor-piercing projectiles of World War II, plus an Analysis of the tank's Mission.
Center Line, MI: Ordnance Tank-Automotive Com, c. 1955. Presumed First Edition, First printing thus. Binder. Ringbound, 19-ring binder with tabbed sections. Illustrations. Binder has wear and soiling. It is hard to estimate a page count, given the use of 3/4 size sheets that overlay diagrams at the bottom of full sheets. There is about .75 inch of material, including stiff card tabs. This publication is For Official Use Only, and was prepared by LaDriere, Inc., Technical Division, Detroit, Michigan under Contract No. DA-20-089-ORD-38778. This is undated, but appears to be circa mid-1950's. This type of information is increasingly scarce. It has a lot of technical data on specific vehicles. This item has specific relevance to military museums, restoration facilities, military equipment collectors, and military technologists. Major General Nelson M. Lynde, Jr. was commanding the command when this was published; he assumed command in 1955. The binder was specially prepared for this publication, with a globe, missile in flight, title, organization, and For Official Use Only marking on front. Staple noted near fore-edge of binder front.