Over the years I’ve reviewed a number of titles from Tankograd Publishing. Following their previous US Army rotational forces title this publication covers the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT), 1st Infantry Division (ID) nine-month deployment to Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve starting in late 2017.
The text is written in German and English. I found the English text well written, easy to read and understand. The color picture image quality and selection is very good and greatly enhance the descriptions in the text.
The first few pages of this book provide a discussion of the preparation for and deployment of the 2nd ABCT, 1st ID to Europe in late 2017. This section also discusses the three multi-national exercises the Dagger Brigade participated in during this deployment. This book then provides pictorial coverage of the typical vehicles used in each Company, Troop or Battery sized unit within each Battalion or Squadron of the ABCT.
About This Book:
Pages: 64 pages
Format: Tankograd standard
Illustrated with 124 color photographs and 12 graphics
During the late 1960s-1980s, the 2nd “Dagger Brigade” of the 1st ID deployed to Germany to participate in REFORGER exercises. In addition, from 1996-2008, the Brigade was stationed in Germany as part of US Army Europe forces. With force reductions in 2008, the Brigade was redeployed back to Fort Riley, KS. However, with Russian annexation of the Crimea and their intervention into the Ukraine, the US Army deployed armor heavy units to Europe for multi-national maneuvers. In January 2017, the 3rd ABCT, 4th ID (Iron Brigade) because the first major US Army unit to deploy in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. This deployment ushered in a new era of nine-month exercise cycles with a goal of increasing US troop presents in Europe. The 2nd ABCT, 1st ID is the second US Army armor heavy unit to participate in this nine-month rotational cycle.
The Brigade utilized three cargo ships to transport approximately 2500 pieces of equipment from the United Stated to ports in Germany and Poland. This included 85 M1A2 SEP V2 Abrams tanks, 125 M2A3/M3A3 Bradleys and 13 M3A3 Bradley Fire Support Team vehicles, 18 M109A6 Paladin SPHs and 395 light tracked vehicles. They then participated in three major multi-national exercises during different seasons of the year to test various command and controls scenarios.
The following are some representative pictures from this publication.
Pros: This publication offers the modeler who wants to produce accurate representations of Abrams or Bradley fighting vehicles with some very unusual camouflage patterns present. I appreciate the effort Tankograd Publishing has gone to in presenting a broad range of vehicles types.
The English text is professionally written, easy to read and understand. The color picture image quality and selection is very good and greatly enhance the descriptions in the text. I enjoyed seeing the vehicle structure of the typical company, troop or battery units within the ABCT. I hope Tankograd Publishing continues to document US Army rotational forces deployments in future publications.
Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.
Thanks goes out to Tankograd Publishing for this review book.
Reviewed by Mike Petty, 1st VP
AMPS Central Virginia
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