Taming the Landmine

Taming the Landmine is about the advances made in the design of mine protected vehicles in Rhodesia and South Africa.
Stiff, Peter
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Book title: Taming the Landmine
Author: Peter Stiff
Type: Military History
Publisher: Galago
Cape Town, South Africa 1986
ISBN 0947020047 / ISBN 0-9470-2004-7
Hardcover, dustjacket, 25x33 cm, 128 pages, over 300 b/w-photos


Taming the Landmine is an excellent illustrated book on the development of landmine-protected vehicles. After the initial section on early armoured vehicles and their protective capabilities, the book focuses on the development through trial, error and experience of mine protected vehicles firstly in Rhodesia in response to the terrorist mining campaign and then in South Africa as the threat escalated.

It provides a large number of photographs of the various vehicles that were developed and used, ending with the actual South African mine-protected armoured fighting vehicles which are some of the best available in the world. This told for the first time, is the remarkable story of those developments as well as the historical events that shaped them. All in all it’s a very good read while the accompanying photos really make the book.

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