Chobham Armour: Cold War British Armoured Vehicle Development (Hardcover)

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A comprehensive overview of the work of the Military Vehicles Research and Development Establishment on Chobham Common, which provided armoured vehicles for the British Army from 1945 to its close in 2004.

Through much of World War II British tanks and armoured vehicles were outmatched by the German tanks they encountered and this led to the British Army placing much emphasis on ensuring that the same situation would not arise again if the Cold War turned hot. The task of developing the Main Battle Tanks and supporting armoured vehicles to out-range and quickly destroy the Soviet threat fell to the scientists and engineers at the Fighting Vehicle Research and Development Establishment on Chobham Common near to Chertsey. It was the design authority for all British Military vehicles for most of the period.

Military vehicle and equipment expert William Suttie draws extensively on official MOD reports to tell the story of the development of the British Cold War armour, such as the Centurion, Chieftain, Challenger, and many other wheeled and tracked armour vehicles that served the British Army of The Rhine. The vehicles developed at the Chertsey site were never used for their intended purpose on the plains of North-west Germany, but have proved their worth in British operations in places like Korea, Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in the hands of other users around the world.

Fully illustrated with photographs, schemes and drawings, including some that have never been published before, this is a unique detailed overview of the development of all post-war British armoured vehicles.

About the Author

William Suttie has worked for the UK MOD for over 25 years in the field of military vehicle and equipment research and development, currently as part of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. During this period areas of work and expertise have included NBC detection and protection, signature management, engineer vehicle concepts, minefield detection, combat identification, platform survivability and vehicle subsystem technology. He completed a 4 year tour as the scientific advisor to Director Land Equipment in the Defence Equipment and Support Agency and was recently seconded for 10 months to support Capability Director Combat within Army HQ. He has an Honours degree in Automotive Engineering and a Masters Degree in Military Vehicle Technology.

Praise For…

“By its nature, the book is fairly technical, but explained clearly and with fine supporting photos and diagrams. Of particular interest to wargamers will be the tables giving 'hit' and 'kill' probabilities for NATO and Soviet anti-tank weaponry against main battle tanks, based on official systems that reflected target size, armour, ranges, etc, with some comparisons that may surprise you. A quality publication.” —Chris Jarvis, Miniature Wargames

The author has spent around 45 years working in the field of military vehicle/equipment research and development and that experience shines through in this book.” —Robin Buckland, Military Model Scene

“An excellant resource for those interested in Cold War British Armour” —Duncan Evans, The Armourer Magazine

“As one would expect the book is lavishly illustrated, with photographs of those vehicles that were actually constructed and plans for most of those that weren't. Well written and lavishly illustrated, this is an excellent guide to the mainly successful military vehicles designed at Chobham.” —John Rickard,

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472855268
ISBN-10: 1472855264
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: October 25th, 2022
Pages: 320
Language: English