Firepower: A History of the American Heavy Tank

Firepower: A History of the American Heavy Tank

by R. P. Hunnicutt


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The Ultimate Guide to the U.S. Heavy Tank

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Featuring hundreds of photos from the national archives, diagrams, and detailed specifications, Hunnicutt's Firepower remains the definitive developmental history of the heavy tank for the military historian, professional soldier, and tank restorer.

This ambitious entry in R.P. Hunnicutt's 10-volume compendium of American tank history details the development of the heavy tanks from its initial conception in World War I to its final development in the 1960s. First developed after WWI, various iterations of the heavy armored military vehicle have served as a crucial component of American military operations in all manner of engagements.

Hunnicutt spares no detail as he examines the origins and deployment of the Mark VIII and TI and M6 in the 1930s and 1940s. First conceived as a vehicle to be used for infantry support, by the end of WWI, the heavy tank had evolved into the modern concept with a powerful turret mounted antitank gun protected by heavy armor-a fighting machine in its own right. 

Hunnicutt provides detailed technical information about these vehicles and their role in the U.S. Army and Marines. The M103A product-improved descendant of the T43 tanks and its many variations is also treated with exacting detail by Hunnicutt, who takes us through the numerous and important variations on the heavy tank design.

Spanning the history of America's most widely used main battle tank, Hunnicutt's Firepower is an absolute must-have for anyone interested in the history of the American military.

This book is also available from Echo Point Books in hardcover, ISBN 1635617618.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635615036
Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media, LLC
Publication date: 12/19/2017
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 859,869
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Richard Pearce Hunnicutt (1926-2011) enlisted in the 7th Infantry Division in 1944 and in 1945 was promoted to sergeant and awarded the Silver Star for his heroic actions. After WWII, Hunnicutt earned a Masters in engineering from Stanford University under the GI Bill. In addition to being one of the most respected metallurgists in California, Hunnicutt wrote the definitive 10-volume history of the development and employment of American armored vehicles. As a tank historian and leading expert in the field, Hunnicutt was one of the founders of the US Army Ordnance Museum at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD and was a close friend and frequent contributor to the Patton Museum at Fort Knox, KY.

Table of Contents




Early Development

Heavy Tanks too Late for the War


An answer to the Stalin III

Experimental Modifications and Vehicles Based on the Heavy Tank

An Improved Heavy Tank




Color Section

Vehicle Data Sheets

Weapon Data Sheets

Reference and Selected Bibliography


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