Book Alert: M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank Haynes Manual

Amazon has listed a release date of June 10 for the new Haynes Manual on the M1 Abrams MBT by Bruce Oliver Newsome and Gregory Walton.  This volume covers the history of the M1, including the M1A1 and M1A2 variants.  Like other books in this series, this is a hardcover of 160 pages.  As far as we can tell, this is the first tank related book written by these authors.

Publisher’s Description:

The American M1 Abrams main battle tank is a revolutionary design: it broke an evolutionary development lineage from the M20 medium tank of 1941 to the M60 (which it replaced, and which stayed in production until 1987).

The M1 remains the only main battle tank in the inventories of the US Army and the US Marine Corps, with years of service to come, while no replacement has been procured. It is believed that the M1 will easily serve for more than 50 years in the US alone.

The US retains about 6,000 M1s, while almost 2,000 are in use with the armies of other countries including Australia, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.

Available from Amazon : M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank Manual: From 1980 (M1, M1A1 and M1A2 Models) (Haynes Manuals)

Photo of the Day: Hydro-Abrams

Considering how long it’s been since we did a POTD post, perhaps we should rename it the Photo of the week or fortnight.  Anyhow, we recently found these images while going through some stuff.  Not sure the year on these pictures, but we are going to guess they date back to when the Crusader program was still alive, so early 2000’s.  As can be seen, this is a picture of an Abrams tank fitted with a hydro-pneumatic suspension system.

Hydro Abrams

Hydro Abrams 2

Hydro abrams unit


Video: Abrams rolls over car bomb

This video showed up on youtube today.  We have no idea when this footage was taken or if it has appeared online before.