AMX30 Main Battle Tank Enthusiasts' Manual
Authors M.P. Robinson and Thomas Seignon look at the development of the AMX30B and AMX30B2.
The AMX30 Char de Bataille was the standard French Main Battle Tank during the Cold War era. Initially the French and Germans attempted to develop a `standard European tank' based on their experiences of the Second World War. Both countries required a design that put mobility and firepower foremost at the expense of armour protection, but the joint collaboration failed to materialise with the result that the French produced the AMX30 and the Germans the Leopard 1.
The AMX30 was considerably lighter than its Anglo-Saxon contemporaries with a combat weight of 36 tonnes (hence its designation of AMX30). Again, unlike its NATO contemporaries that were armed with the British 105mm L7 gun, the AMX30 featured a smoothbore 105mm main armament firing a single type hollow-charge projectile - the OBUS-G - capable of defeating other battle tanks at normal combat ranges.
This manual details the AMX30 family of vehicles; the anatomy of the AMX30B, with the hull and descriptions of crew positions and duties; turret and gun, and the Obus-G HEAT round; the automotive drive train (engine/transmission/final drives), tracks and suspension; main and secondary armament, sighting equipment and ammunition; communications; water-crossing capability and the NBC system, as well as a glossary of terms and abbreviations.
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