French Armour in Vietnam 1945–54 (New Vanguard) (Paperback)

French Armour in Vietnam 1945–54 (New Vanguard) By Simon Dunstan, Henry Morshead (Illustrator) Cover Image

French Armour in Vietnam 1945–54 (New Vanguard) (Paperback)

By Simon Dunstan, Henry Morshead (Illustrator)

French Armour in Vietnam 1945–54 uses a variety of photos from the private collections of two French generals of the campaign, and full color plates of rarely illustrated vehicles, to tell the complete story of the tanks and armored fighting vehicles that the French employed in their colonies in Indo-China.

The French, quick to realize the efficacy of armor to preserve their sovereignty over Indo-China following the Great War, sent over their Renault FT17 tanks in 1919. Together with a variety of armored cars, these were the principal AFVs in Indo-China until World War II when the Japanese occupied the region. After the war, French troops were equipped with a motley collection of American and cast off British equipment until the outbreak of war in Korea saw an increase in military aid. This included large numbers of the M24 Chaffee Light Tank, along with amphibious vehicles such as the M29C Weasel and LVT4 Buffalo, to conduct operations in coastal and inland areas that the Viet Minh had previously thought immune to attack.

Henry Morshead is the Chief Designer for the Hill HX50 helicopter. He also works in the automotive and bespoke sectors, with clients including BAC Mono and Arrival, and is a STEM Ambassador with the Bloodhound supersonic car project. A former officer in the Royal Engineers and illustrator for Jane's, he maintains a keen interest in the design and use of military land and air vehicles.
Product Details ISBN: 9781472831828
ISBN-10: 1472831829
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: February 19th, 2019
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: New Vanguard