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Tankograd Publications has released news of three new titles on route from them. These new titles look at the Unimog, M1 Abrams Breacher and Big Lift 63. Look inside for more details on these upcoming titles.
Publication ID: Nr. 5059
UNIMOG U4000/U5000
The Unimog Series 437.4 - Development, Technology, Variants, Service

The Unimog in service with the Bundeswehr is a longstanding success story. After the three volumes on the Unimog U1300L of the 435 series (Tankograd specials 5047, 5048 and 5049), here is the publication covering its successor, the 437.4 series (UHN), of which the U4000 and U5000 types are now in service with the Bundeswehr in a range of versions.
This publication tells the development history, technology and variants of the U4000/U5000 in modern German Army service. Among the variants covered are the U4000 box body types, U5000 Cargo, U5000 UAV Recovery Vehicle and the U5000 Forest Firefighting Vehicle.

Publication ID: Nr. 3026
M1 ABRAMS BREACHER
The M1 Assault Breacher Vehicle (ABV) - Technology and Service

The M1 Assault Breacher Vehicle (ABV) is the newest and long expected addition to the M1 Abrams tank family. The M1 ABVs fielded by the US Army and US Marine Corps marked the end of a very long search and development by the US Armed Forces for a vehicle to clear mines, as well as one that can be used as a dozer to clear battlefield obstacles and to prepare firing positions. Today, the USMC fields 52 M1 ABVs and the US Army procured 187 vehicles.
This publication explains the development history and technology of the M1 Abrams Breacher in great detail. An extensive photographical walkaround allows to see all details of the assault breacher vehicle when compared to the main battle tank and shows the specialised engineer equipment.

Publication ID: Nr. 3025
Operation BIG LIFT 63
Cold War Airbridge from Texas to Germany

45,000 troops with 800 main battle tanks, 6,500 other tracked vehicles, 12,000 wheeled vehicles and 1,200 aircraft. Today these figures seem to come from another age, yet they define the field training exercise Operation Big Lift 63, the biggest airlift operation ever done on a possible central European battlefield. The airbridge exercise was conducted by US forces with the aim of reassuring NATO allies that in the case of renewed political tension between the East and West, leading to a standoff and possible military conflict, they would be capable of deploying forces from the USA across the Atlantic to Europe at short notice. Operation Big Lift 63 trained deploying the reinforced 2nd (US) Armored Division from Fort Hood, Texas, to West Germany by means of a strategic airlift. The core mission of the division was then to conduct a counterattack, which was also supported by the use of nuclear weapons.
This publication shows the vehicles of Operation Big Lift of 1963 in phantastic depth and comprehensively tells the story of one of the largest and most interesting NATO exercises ever held in Central Europe.
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