Tanks and Combat Vehicles of the Warsaw Pact

Weapons and Equipment of the Warsaw Pact

The Cold War is a fascinating period of history, shrouded with mystery and intrigue. This series of books aims to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding the equipment used in the military operations of the Warsaw Pact during this time of unease between the East and West.

The series goes into detail about the weapons and equipment which were developed for use by the armies of the Warsaw Pact. Find out more about the tanks, combat vehicles, weapons and essential pieces of military equipment which formed an important part of the Eastern Bloc’s strategy during the Cold War.

Written by Russell Phillips, an author who specialises in military history, these books will tell you all you need to know about the combat equipment NATO would have been up against if active war had broken out.

Tanks and Combat Vehicles of the Warsaw Pact

Book cover for Tanks and Combat Vehicles of the Warsaw PactWhen East and West survived on a knife-edge between peace and war, both sides were busy preparing themselves for military action. But what exactly would NATO’s troops have faced if the Cold War had suddenly turned hot?

Tanks and Combat Vehicles of the Warsaw Pact is a fascinating reference book looking at the wide variety of combat vehicles which were poised and ready for action throughout the long years of military stand-off.

Led by the Soviet Union, the nations which formed the Warsaw Pact were as innovative as they were prepared and these deadly war machines had the potential to change the course of world history forever. Find out more about these combat vehicles from how they worked to what they would have been capable of if they had been used in military action against NATO.

Tanks and Combat Vehicles of the Warsaw Pact details more than 100 military vehicles from the 2P26 “Baby Carriage” – a compact Soviet off-road vehicle mounted with anti-tank missiles – to the T-80U main battle tank, in service from 1985 onwards.

Combat Engineering Equipment of the Warsaw Pact

Book cover for Combat Engineering Equipment of the Warsaw PactThe ability to advance rapidly over sometimes difficult terrain was a key part of the Warsaw Pact’s strategy. The Eastern European nations which formed this historic alliance wanted to be able to move quickly and effectively so they didn’t give their enemies an advantage.

The vital tools which helped the Warsaw Pact overcome the challenges it faced included a whole range of combat engineering equipment. This book is a factual reference of the equipment which was used throughout the Cold War period and the important roles each piece played.

With obstacles including rivers and minefields to negotiate, combat units could have faced costly delays if it hadn’t been for the diligent work of the Warsaw Pact’s engineers. Refusing to allow troops to be slowed down by the landscape, these combat engineers worked in sometimes challenging conditions to find safe routes to their destination.

From building bridges and clearing safe lanes through minefields to repairing and recovering broken down vehicles and creating field fortifications, the work of these engineers played an essential part in the Warsaw Pact’s military strategy.

But the work of this effective force would have been impossible without the specialist engineering equipment they used. Rugged, simplistic compared to their Western equivalents, these items would play a crucial part in both peacetime military exercises and combat operations in Afghanistan.

Military technology and history