The menacing silhouette of the T-54 tank prowling down streets of Eastern European capitals or roaring across fields in massive exercises remains one of the most enduring images of Soviet power in the early years of the Cold War. Its sleek and unmistakable shape was a warning to any nation that wanted to stand against the USSR.
Yet all of this masked a flawed, outdated design, and when T-54s began to clash with the Western armoured vehicles in proxy wars in Southeast Asia and the Middle East they were found to be on the losing side of many of the battles.
Containing 130 stunning contemporary and modern photographs, and written by two experts on Soviet armour, this authoritative book tells the complete story of the T-54, one of the most widely produced tanks of all time, including many previously unheard of variants.Introduction
Chapter One: First There was Morozov...
Chapter Two: Development of the T-54 Medium Tank
Chapter Three: Description of the T-54 and its Variants
Chapter Four: Derivatives of the T-54 Tank Family
Chapter Five: Soviet Army Service and Export