Since the 1980s, the American M1 Abrams series of tanks has been widely regarded as among the finest main battle tanks in the world. This volume is a concise look at the background, development, and Army and Marine operational history of the Abrams from the 1970s to the present. The author, who brings a unique perspective and authority as a former M1A1 tank gunner with the United States Army's 1/104th Cavalry, was granted behind-the-scenes access to photograph the US Army's collection of rare tanks at Fort Benning, Georgia. He also shows the Abrams tank's service in lesser known places—not just Iraq and Afghanistan—such as Cold War Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Somalia, and others. Part of the Legends of Warfare series.
Christian De John, a US Army Bosnia veteran, is unusually qualified to address this subject with authority as both an experienced, published military historian and a former United States Army tanker with real-world, hands-on experience as an M1A1 Abrams tank gunner with the Army's 1/104th Cavalry and First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry.