Book Review
Finnish Leopards
The Finnish army Leopard 2A4 MBT, 2R AEV and 2L AVLB
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by: Olivier Carneau [ BISON126 ]


Finland always relied on other countries to procure major military equipment. After WWII, the Finnish armored units were equipped with Soviet tanks up to the T-72s.
However in 2002, Finland decided to procure Leopard 2A4's from German stocks. The contract concerned a hundred of the vehicles in the tank role, twelve more to be converted into engineer armored vehicles and bridge-layers. An additional batch of twelve was kept as spare parts reservoir.

the book

This volume of the International Special series from Tankograd Publishing covers the three variants in service with the Finnish army. As usual, it comes as a 64-page booklet with a soft cover. The text is written both in German and English and is illustrated by 148 color pictures and 1 black and white picture.

This volume is divided into 4 main chapters. The first one is a brief historical introduction and highlights the modifications introduced into the Finnish variant.

Each of the three following chapters covers one of the three variants beginning with the tank. The Leopard 2A4 is covered in 7 pages with general views. Six additional pages display detail pictures of all the Finnish modifications.

The following chapter deals with the engineer variant called Leopard 2R (Raivaus meaning breaching). After a short introduction about the development of the vehicle, the crew compartment, the communication system, the armament and the optic systems, this chapter divides into 4 sub-chapters, each covering one of the various systems that can be adapted to the Leopard 2R, i.e. the Pearson High-Lift Adapter, the Pearson Full-Width Mine Plough, the Pearson Dozer kit and the Pearson Lane Marking System. The last part is a walkaround of the basic vehicle.

The fourth and last chapter is about the Leopard 2L (Leguan) which is the bridge-layer. As with the other chapters, the author introduces the vehicle with historical and technical data prior to illustrating the text with pictures. Along with the usual general views, this chapter shows a series of pictures during the launching procedure and concludes with detail pictures of the carrier vehicle.


Andreas Kirchhoff and Tankograd did a great job with this volume. It covers the three variants in a more comprehensive manner than the chapter dedicated to the Finnish variants of the Frank Lobitz Leopard 2 encyclopedia also issued by Tankograd (Reviewed Here). No picture is redundant with those of the latter.
Highs: All three variants covered in detail.Very nice and previously unpublished pictures.
Lows: Scale line drawings would have been appreciated.
Verdict: It is highly recommended to the modern Finnish army fans and the Leopard fans as well.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:1
  Mfg. ID: 8005
  Suggested Retail: 14.95 euros
  PUBLISHED: Aug 29, 2011

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About Olivier Carneau (bison126)

I have been in the hobby for years and I'm still learning. As a modeler, I only build 1/35 modern military vehicles, mainly armored ones. I also run a website where I share a lot of walkarounds. Just click on my banner to pay a visit to it.

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