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?ot just Iraq and Afghanistan?uch as Cold War Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Somalia, and others. Part of the Legends of Warfare series.
Christian Mark DeJohn is a military historian, former sergeant in the US cavalry, and United States Army veteran of overseas service in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, Korea, and Egypt. Called to active duty after the attacks of September 11, 2001, his Army duties included serving as a cavalry sergeant, a gunner and driver in an M1 Abrams tank, and a dismounted cavalry scout patrolling rural Bosnia with the historic First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry. His professional writing experience has taken him on adventures as diverse as flying in a World War II B-17 bomber, recreating Pickett? Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg, reminiscing with the greatest American fighter ace of all time, and enjoying champagne with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew. His articles on military and American history have appeared in many newspapers, magazines, and books, including the?Philadelphia Inquirer,?Washington Times,?Main Line Magazine,?Philadelphia Style,?METRO, and?The Dictionary of American History. He holds a Bachelor? degree in Political Science from the American University in Washington, DC, and completed all required credits towards a Master of Arts degree in military and American History. DeJohn, a disabled Army veteran, has recently cooperated with Congress and media in exposing the ongoing VA Scandal to the taxpaying American public, and is the author of?For Want of A Gun: The Sherman Tank Scandal of World War II.

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