FV 4201 Chieftain...

...Britain's Cold War Main Battle Tank, from Tankograd

 

Title: FV 4201 Chieftain

Author: Carl Schulz

Publisher: Tankograd

A new British Speical, number 9031 from Tankograd, a 72-page soft-cover book on the British MBT of the Cold War, the FV4201 Chieftain. Written by Carl Schulze and heavily illustrated by his marvellous collection of photos showing the Chieftain in service.
The opening pages are text, and give the background and development story of Chieftain, including the ever troublesome Leyland L60 multi-fuel engine. This is accomapnied by a selection of archive photos showing the prototypes during their testing and trials. The next section details the Production Batches and Service of the different Marks and includes a detailed table of the modifications made in each variant and sub-variant. Then more photo elements, using both black & white and colour images, detailing Marks 1, 2, 3, 3/3, 5, 6/7/8, 9, 10 and 11, all with well detailed captions, and showing all aspects of the tank when in service. These include some of the best detailed pictures I can recall seeing of the TOGS fitting on the Mk11. The final sections of the book give a Technical Description of Chieftain and a detailed walkaround of a Mk 10C, before the final section looking at the Dozer equipped Chieftain. I should say that all text, including captions, is done in both German and English languages throughout.
A useful history and descriptions of the various marks, and with the release of some fine 1/35 kits of Chieftain done by Takom not too long ago and the prospect of their new 1/72 scale kits due out soon as well, this one is sure to be a handy reference for modellers.

Thanks to UK stockists Bookworld for my example.

Robin