By Arthur J. Baker

ISBN-10: 0711010366

ISBN-13: 9780711010369

This publication tells the tale of the 1st German Panzer outfitted when you consider that 1945, of its improvement, carrier, versions and present redevelopment to Leopard 2 common. the 1st of a brand new iteration of MBTs, the 1st of 1,800 Leopard 2s has already entered provider with the German military, and lots of give some thought to it the simplest tank on the earth. Chapters contain improvement of the Leopard, creation of the Leopard, features of the Leopard 1, models and versions of the Leopard 1, Derivatives of the Leopard 1, Leopard 2, Servicing and upkeep, education aids and The Leopard in comparison with different MBTs. Appendices comprise Comparision of MBTs, Contractors all in favour of the construction of Leopard and requirements.

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In the travelling position the two symmetrical halves rest on the chassis, the upper section (track) and the lower section being connected by web plates. Struts between the track carriers are mounted in such a way that the bridge remains flexible in its longitudinal axis in order to compensate for different cant in the two support ends of the bridge. ) Before the bridge is projected the two sections are jointed together and the Biber pushes out a dozer blade at the front end of the vehicle to brace its front end.

In World War 2 many disabled tanks had to be abandoned because of a lack of suitable recovery vehicles, a lesson the Germans remembered. In consequence, studies on the design of an armoured recovery vehicle started while the Leopard was at the prototype stage. The Bundeswehr' s experience with the American armoured recovery vehicle then in service with the German Army - the M74 and M88 - was put to good use by Porsche ' s design team, and the chassis of the new Bergepanzer was created from proven components of the --­ Leopard I .

Accordingly the Leopard 2 was redesigned and a new version, the Leopard 2A V (Austere Version, sometimes known as the Amerikanische Version) appeared in 1976. The designation 'A ustere ' is in fact misleading as the word implies the elimination of frills and unnecessary extras , and the performance of this version of the Leopard 2 has not been affected. The most significant difference between the' Austere' prototypes and the other German Leopard 2 prototypes was in the turret which in the case of the Leopard 2A V presents a box-like appearance.

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