There's a problem loading this menu right now. The M103 saw years of service and though it was not at the top of the Army's list of equipment, it was the only weapon system that could face the Soviet heavy tanks. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Please Log in to save it permanently. If you want to discover the captivating history of the Cold War, then check out this book. But I thought the discussion on the design history and the thinking behind the design requirements were very good. If you want to discover the captivating history of the Eastern Front during World War 2, then you don't want to miss this. This is a really good history and review of the design development of the M 103 heavy tank. Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2013. Anyhow,Estes does a fine job in a small book,and highlights the drawn out development that not only corrected the original design deficiencies,but turned the M103 into a fearsome weapons package.Yes,I would have liked some more photos of the Littlefield M103a2,but these are easily found elsewhere.I would also like a mention of how indirect fire techniques could be used with the 120mm,and just how much damage it could inflict.My only gripe with the book is that all artwork shows the track reversed,enough of an error to really stand out in a Tankers perspective! The M103 tends to be overlooked, due to the small numbers built. Typical was the job of the second loader to hand-ram both the projectile (positioned by the first loader at the breech) and the propellant cartridge into the chamber in a single movement, all within the confines of a narrow turret. M103A1 (1959) – 219 converted or rebuilt. The M103 saw years of service and though it was not at the top of the Army's list of equipment, it was the only weapon system that could face the Soviet heavy tanks. The US M103 Heavy Tank Variants. We need something to match or overmatch the Soviet IS-III (and later T-10) heavy tanks. A range-finder and mechanical computer directed a powerful 120mm main gun in a novel electro-hydraulic turret, among other features. SKYRAIDER 1 • $9,500 • FOR SALE BY OWNER • Beautiful fully restored 2017 skyraider 1. Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2013. 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