Soviet Armoured Cars 1936–45 (New Vanguard) (Paperback)
An authoritative history of the Red Army's armored cars, the quick and maneuverable vehicles which were used in conflicts ranging from the Spanish Civil War to the occupation of Poland.
The armored car has an important place in the early history of Soviet armored fighting vehicles (AFVs)--they were the most important AFV during the Russian Civil War and figured prominently in the mechanization of the Red Army that began in late 1929. The 1930s saw the development and production of a wide variety of armored cars, which were used extensively in Soviet conflicts from then on. They saw service in the Spanish Civil War, in the 1939 Manchurian conflict with Japan, in the occupation of the Baltic states, and the invasion of Poland and Finland. Although many of its armored cars were lost in the early months following the German invasion in June 1941, Russia continued with its armored car development program, and the final model, the BA-64, was accepted for service in 1942 with over 9,000 built before production ended in 1946.
This detailed book provides a survey of Russian armored cars from 1936 to 1945, focusing on the history, design, and specifications of the wheeled armored cars that entered series production, including the rail variants and tracked BA-30. Packed with photographs, cross-sections, and stunning battleplates, this is a comprehensive guide to some of the Red Army's fastest AFVs.
Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specializes in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on subjects as diverse as the Aztecs, the Ancient Greeks, Roman battle tactics, several 19th-century American subjects, the modern Chinese Army, and a number of books in the Fortress series. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.