Not sure how this one slipped past our radar, but last month Kagero Publishing released a new installment in their “Photosniper” series titled Char Leclerc. This volume is written by M. P. Robinson, who also authored last years three Kagero books on the AMX-30 tanks and its derivatives. As we noted in our book review on his AMX-30 titles, modern French tanks have not received much coverage in English language publications. Hopefully this book will live up to the standard set by the earlier books in the Photosniper Kagero series.
The Leclerc is the only battle tank serving in operational combat units in the French Army. Designed as a Cold War era tank killer that could take on numerically superior enemies, the Leclerc has served the armies of France and the United Arab Emirates for over twenty years. Since 1989 when the first Leclerc prototype appeared, it has been counted amongst the world’s most complex and deadly AFVs. Despite its fame, relatively little has appeared on the Leclerc in English, and much of the information about the Leclerc on the web is incorrect. Even in French, it has been ten years since the Leclerc was studied in a published work. Char Leclerc by MP Robinson and Thierry Guillemain is a survey of the Leclerc’s development and service in the French Army right up to the present day. It explains the differences between the eleven Leclerc production batches produced for the French Army, the different Leclerc derived vehicles, and the changes that have transformed the French armored force since the Leclerc first entered service. This latest addition to the Kagero Photosniper series is illustrated with over 220 unpublished photographs and ten color plates, making it
an ideal reference for historians and modelers alike.