By Richard Ogorkiewicz
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As a young boy caught up in Hitler’s ‘Blitzkrieg’ invasion of Poland in 1939 and right the way through to the post-Cold War era, tanks played the most direct of parts in shaping the fate of Professor Richard Marian Ogorkiewicz.
In this personal record he reveals something of the unrivalled breadth of experience of tank matters that he garnered over seven decades, starting in the latter years of World War 2. As a neophyte, he was able to draw directly on the counsels of the great pre-War prophet of tank warfare Sir Basil Liddell Hart, and on numbers of wartime tank exponents from Britain, France, Germany, Japan and the US.
Fortified subsequently by his own professional engineering involvements in the realms of materials and vehicle propulsion, he became a prolific writer on armoured fighting vehicle development and ultimately the leading international academic in this field.
The Professor’s position was underpinned by the close personal associations he developed with many of the leading tank designers in the Western world, and his clear expositions and analyses of their work came to have a major impact on successive generations of armour students everywhere. His discernment also led to him being called upon as a consultant and lecturer in the design and development of new armoured vehicles to the industry of many countries, in the East as well as the West.
As this book shows, his enduring legacy can today be seen not only in his writings but in the specific design choices that lie behind the operational capabilities of several of the most advanced tanks and other armoured vehicles produced in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America in recent years.
This book is fascinating both in its learned and technical detail and in its personal story. I had the pleasure of meeting Richard Ogorkiewicz at Kirkcudbright.
Anyone interested in post war armoured vehicle development should read this.
I first read Mr. Orgokiewicz's "Design and Development of Fighting Vehicles"  in 1969. This recent book--Observer of Cold War Tank Development--is a comprehensive review of developments before and since the 1968 book. Fifty years later, it was a pleasant and interesting walk down memory lane for this retired tank officer and armored vehicle enthusiast.
Fascinating insight into his life and how he became to be such an impartial expert on tank technology and development. The book touches on all the key developments, which RMO understood and summarised so well.
Excellent book. Fascinating story of the armour-related life of the good professor and insight into tank development in different countries. Not a book heavy on technical details, but a lot of interesting information none the less. Highly recommended for any tank enthusiast.
What an amazing book, a must for any tank enthusiast.