American Tanks & AFVs of World War II
Its not often that I drop everything to look at a book, but today was an exceptional day. I received the review sample of "American Tanks & AFVs of World War II", and I have to say, I can not ever remember being so excited by a book in a long time! I do not even know where to begin to sing the praise of Michael Green's new book offered by Osprey Publishing, but I am going to try.
Right out of the package, this is a large, densely packed, soft cover book with fantastic prints and photos of American combat vehicles used during WWII. The inside cover alone pulled me right in with, " In this lavishly illustrated volume, armor expert Michael Green examines the dizzying array of machinery fielded by the US Army...." and, " Packed with historical and contemporary color photography, this encyclopedic study details the design, development, and construction of these vehicles, their deployment in battle, and the impact that they had on the outcome of the war. " That's just the inside COVER! ( the US price tag of $25.00 put me right over the top with excitement!)
If the cover artwork and inside cover information was not enough to convince that this is a book in the "must be had" category, I will gladly share with you some of my observations.
The book consists of 376 soft bound pages printed on glossy, durable paper. The introduction page is followed by no less than nine chapters of very well developed data in paragraph format with both color and black and white photos on every page, and many with printed artwork of vehicles as well. Chapter 1 starts with "The Early Medium Tanks" and each chapter progresses through a different type of vehicle like, Chapter 5 "Tank Destroyers" and through Chapter 9 to "Landing Vehicles Tracked".
Other chapters deal with things like Light and Heavy Tanks, the M-4 series of tanks, Armored Cars, and Self Propelled Artillery. The information contained in each chapter is well laid out in a type-setting that is easy to read and the pictures provide good reference of the vehicles that are being showcased. The book closes up with a conclusion of four pages, selected bibliography, a glossary, and index. The type-setting in these parts of the book were a little tough on my eyes, but nothing that good lighting can't fix. I was a tiny bit let down by the glossary, as it was only one page long and very congested, but this book as a whole is so well laid out with information that the glossary seems almost un-necessary for anyone with a fair background in military history of the period.
I cannot begin to count the dizzying number of pictures in this book, but suffice to say every page has at least a quarter page photo, or half page photo or print! Close to half the pages I reviewed had two pictures per page and a good amount of reading information as well. I particularly enjoyed the variety of photographs, with some fresh of the assembly line, to war time usages, and even some very nicely preserved museum pieces. Let it suffice that the photos here give the reader a good indication of just scratching the surface of this amazing book, and I encourage ANYONE who has a love of WWII, US vehicles, tanks in general, or just the pleasure of a GOOD BOOK, to head over to www.ospreypublishing.com and order a copy!
Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.
Thanks goes out to Osprey Publishing for this review item.
Reviewed by Brian Messier
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