M48 Patton vs Centurion: Indo-Pakistani War 1965

M48 Patton vs Centurion: Indo-Pakistani War 1965

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Overview

The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 witnessed the largest tank battles seen since World War II, notably between India's British-made Centurion Mk 7s and the American-made M48 Pattons fielded by Pakistan. Following nearly two decades of tensions and sporadic conflict between India and Pakistan, in August 1965 several thousand Pakistani soldiers entered the disputed territory of Kashmir disguised as local civilians, to which India responded with a successful ground assault. After a week of fighting, India's 1st "Black Elephant" Armoured Division launched an offensive toward Sialkot, where it rebuffed Pakistan's 6th Armoured Division, which suffered considerable tank losses. The ensuing battle at Chawinda on 14-16 September 1965 would demonstrate that the Centurion, with its 105mm gun and heavier armour, generally proved superior to the faster, lighter but overly complex Patton, mounting a 90mm main gun; however, the latter performed exceedingly well in the Sialkot sector, exacting a disproportionately heavy toll on its Indian opponents.

Featuring full-colour artwork, expert analysis and absorbing combat accounts, this is the story of the clash between the Centurion and the M48 Patton in the massed armour battles of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472810922
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/19/2016
Series: Duel Series , #71
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 758,817
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

David R. Higgins is the author of several military history books, including The Roer River Battles, King Tiger vs IS-2: Operation Solstice 1945 and Mark IV vs A7V: Villers-Bretonneux 1918. He has also written nearly 50 articles for magazines such as Strategy & Tactics, Armchair General, World at War and Modern War, and has appeared on television's 'Greatest Tank Battles'. He lives in Columbus, Ohio. The author lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chronology 6

Design and Development 8

Technical Specifications 22

The Combatants 33

The Strategic Situation 47

Combat 54

Statistics and Analysis 73

Aftermath 76

Bibliography 79

Index 80

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