AMPS is all about armor modeling and the preservation of armor and mechanized heritage.

Schiffer - Legends of Warfare, The Huey in Vietnam

ISBN Number:
978-0-7643-6275-0
Published:
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Publisher:
Schiffer Publishing
Retail Price:
$19.99 USD
Reviewed By:
Chuck Aleshire

Legends of Warfare - Aviation

The Huey in Vietnam, Bell’s UH-1 at War

The long ago conflict in Southeast Asia continues to cast a long shadow on the psyche of the United States, and in the memories of those who experienced it firsthand and those of us who grew up with it on the nightly news. 

This book is another entry in the fine Legends of Warfare series published by Schiffer. The books in this line cover Naval, Aviation, and Ground Warfare subjects, and all share similar size, pricing and formats. AMPS has favorably reviewed a great many titles in this series, finding them to have high quality physical production value, very good content, and of good value.

This title in Schiffer’s excellent Legends of Warfare series is from the Aviation segment of the series, and as such is slightly unusual for being the subject of an armor-centric organization’s review. But given the many various roles that the iconic Huey played in the Vietnam War ( carrying troops directly into battle, resupply, medevac, etc., all roles played by wheeled or tracked vehicles in previous conflicts ), this history meshes up with the AMPS field of interest very well, IMHO.

Vital Statistics

Format - hardcover, square format

 Page Count - heavyweight, glossy paper,  112 pages

 Size - 9.25" x 9.25"

Photos - approximately 170 black and white, and full color images. 

Tables / Drawings / Diagrams -  one production / technical data table, one page containing 5 single aspect line drawings of various versions of the UH-1

All text and photo captions are in English

 

What's in the Book?

Above - table of contents page

The author’s concise two page Introduction describes the creation of the early 1950’s prototypes of the helicopters which would later become known as the Huey, and the reason for the nickname Huey. This informative Introduction also contains the volume’s sole table ( specification and performance data ), and a pair of photos of concept models / mock ups of the helicopter. 

The book’s chapter on the evolution of the Huey describes and pictures the many various design changes that allowed the helicopter to be used in so many roles, particularly in Vietnam. The 1960’s saw a rapid succession of changing and evolving requirements for the Huey, driven by the Army’s specific helicopter needs in Vietnam in the mid to late 60’s.

As usual in titles by this author, the text content is accompanied by a terrific selection of photographic images. The images are themselves accompanied by complete and informative captions. The captions contain quite a lot of information, very clearly written and with areas of special interest in the photographs pointed out.

Chapter Two, In Vietnam is very honestly a feast for the eyes, start to finish. The second page of this chapter contains a relative rarity for the author, a page of single aspect profile drawings of five variants of the UH-1. To be fair, the author typically packs his books with so many interesting photographs that there’s precious little room for drawings.

The selection of photographs chosen by the author is wide ranging and show the Huey at work in it’s varied roles in Vietnam. These images will no doubt bring back memories for many readers…

Above - the use of many full page images give the reader great evocative views of the Huey over Vietnam.

Image quality is very fine throughout the book, no sub-standard images here. The majority of the photos are full color, but as seen above, there are some in black and white. All images are very well chosen by the author for visual interest. 

Above - C rations and cases of soft drinks bound for some remote fire base perhaps.

Conclusions


As stated above, this book is somewhat outside the normal subject range for an AMPS review, but given the subject matter of this book, I’d hope that you would agree that it’s completely appropriate.

David Doyle’s works are the gold standard for books of this type. Very well chosen photographs accompanied by interesting and informative text and photo captions are his signature style. This volume does not disappoint in that regard. I found the images in this book to be exceptionally interesting, done justice by the full page size of many of them.

If you have any interest in the Vietnam War, or in combat use of helicopters, this book is quite well deserving of a place in your bookcase.

Highly Recommended!

Thanks to David Doyle Books for the review copy

Reviewed by Chuck Aleshire, AMPS Chicagoland

AMPS 2nd Vice President, Midwest Region

 

If you liked this review, consider joining AMPS. Your annual membership
includes six copies of AMPS's magazine, Boresight,
and helps to support our ongoing reviews.

Click here for more information about joining AMPS