Conceived at the height of World War II, the British Centurion and the Soviet T-55 were initially expected to counter
the formidable Panther and Tiger tanks of Germany. But as the Cold War unfolded, these machines prepared instead for the
coming struggle between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. Though they never fought in Europe, these two tanks became the
mainstay of the Cold War's proxy forces around the world. From Korea to the Middle East and on to Angola, these two
armored combatants clashed repeatedly, reaching their crescendo on the Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur War where 177
Centurions of the IDF took on a vastly superior Arab force. This book compares the design, development and deployment of
these classic tanks, and analyses their battlefield performance. Presented with highly detailed digital artwork, this is
a tightly focused study of two of the Cold War's first main battle tanks.