AMMO by Mig- Stalingrad Vehicles Colors
Camouflage Profile Guide A.MIG-6146
Softcover, 88 pages with color and black and white photographs and dozens of color profiles of vehicles and armor, text in English, Spanish, and Russian.
The profile guides from AMMO target specific events or armor subjects and provide varied schemes that are featured in the different units present. Stalingrad was an iconic battle of the Eastern Front where the initial tide in Germany´s favor turned and led to a complete collapse and eventual surrender by the 6th Army. There is a brief introduction written by Daniele Guglielmi that is also in the other languages. The accompanying photographs are also in the three indicated languages. After a excerpt of a letter written from a German soldier to his wife describing the horrors, we get a contoured map of the city with the towering Mamayev Kurgan heights and some drawn maps showing positions of both sides in September and November of 1942.
From there we get breakdowns of individual units and the equipment they used. There is a brief description of what each unit was doing leading up to being called upon to join the combat in Stalingrad. After this is usually a three way view profile of a vehicle or vehicles that often include color information. In some cases, you get only a side profile. The featured units include:
- 100. Jäger-Division
- 24. Panzer-Division
- Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 177
- Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 244
- Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 245
- 60. Infanterie-Division Motorisierte
- 14. Panzer-Division
- Infanterie-Regiment 369 Kroatisches
- 6. Panzer-Division
- 384. Infanterie Division
- Panzerjäger-Abteilung (SFL.) 521
- 90th Tank Brigade
- Artillery Tractor ¨Comintern¨
- 133rd Heavy Tank Brigade
- 12th Tank Brigade
- 26th Tank Brigade
- 39th Infantry Division
- Tank Column ¨Soviet Polyarnik¨
- 25th Armoured Corps
- 6th Tank Brigade
- 24th Armoured Corps
In addition to the typical Panzer IIIs, IVs, StuGs, T-34s, and KV series tanks we are accustomed to, the book also features armored cars and halftracks, Opel Blitz trucks, Horch and Opel Kadett vehicles, Marders, SPGs, and even a Voroshilovets artillery tractor.
Writing this, I am by no means an expert on whether the schemes and the unit markings are 100% accurate- past guides have had some disparities. I am sure there are others who can testify to the accuracy, but what I know is that having options for schemes other than the typical panzer grey and 4BO schemes are a breath of fresh air to me. The artwork is well done and an occasional scheme features some ideas for a possible vignette- like one showing a set-up allowing the tankers to have a shaded lunch. These guides are easy to read through and give some interesting information and make an excellent addition to your references.
Highly Recommended for anyone interested in the Eastern Front theater and specifically Stalingrad.
Thanks goes out to AMMO by Mig Jimenez for this review kit.
Reviewed by Michael Reeves
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