Afghan Wheels and Tracks: UK and US Vehicles
Afghan Wheels and Tracks: UK and US Vehicles; Military Vehicles and Artillery Series, Vol. 6
Authored by: Craig Allen
Afghanistan was primarily an infantryman’s war, with Western troops confronting the Taliban in the fields and ditches of Helmand. Nevertheless, the conflict spawned a whole new generation of specialist mine-proof vehicles to counter the threat of roadside bombs and IEDs. Based on earlier African designs from the bush wars in Rhodesia and southern Africa, these Protected Patrol Vehicles (PPVs), such as the Mastiff and Foxhound, were produced in response to Urgent Operational Requirements from the British military. US forces, meanwhile, fielded a whole host of new types developed under the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) programme to equip both the US Army and Marine Corps. Along with these new models, several older vehicles saw a new lease of life, such as the veteran Scimitar Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked). With over 190 images, many types are included, such as PPVs, Tactical Support Vehicles, specialist, armoured, light and logistic vehicles, which are vital to any military operation. This book also looks at the chaotic withdrawal in 2021, which left staggering amounts of equipment in the hands of the Taliban.