This new, virtual photo album, with its 96 pages…appears to be the first
of what looks to be a new series of these books. The corner of the cover
says it is "ISSUE 1", so I assume it will have other issues later.
The layout is similar to a Squadron In Action book in size…but this
book is a ¼" thick. It is full of mostly full page size, black and white,
WWII photos. Most of which I have never seen before elsewhere. It is a
soft cover book and the photos selected for inclusion are real clear and
sharp and very high quality.
The book is divided into 5 chapters. The first chapter is about the
German A4/V2 Missile. There are photos of all the support equipment that
was used to transport, fuel and launch this rocket. The shots of the control
room vehicle intrigued me the most…I think with the high quality shots
of this ½ track vehicle a modeler could easily use it as reference to
convert the Tamiya kit into this vehicle. The captions are longer than
most you see in books and explain things pretty well.
The second chapter is titled "Panther Attack in Alsace-Lorraine, 1944"
and has some great action shots of Panthers used during that campaign.
Some real diorama ideas cross my mind while drooling over these great
shots…you can really see some of the body detail on Panthers real clear
in these shots…and how troops piled aboard them for rides., and also how
foliage was loaded on them for camouflage. There is even two very clear
shots of M-8 "Greyhound", U.S. armored cars, in captured German markings
included in this chapter…a real BONUS! Two more shots of a German Pak
50 are included too. Finally, in this same chapter, is a single shot of
a captured U.S. M3 halftrack in German service and festooned with tree
branches and leaves.
Chapter 3 is on the British "Tetrach Airborne tank" showing the prototype
and production ones up close. The airborne tank "Locust" or T-9 is also
featured…with shots of it being loaded aboard a "Hamilcar" glider and
how it was stowed once inside. There are ten small "walkaround" shots
of the "Tetrach's" anatomy at the end of this chapter.
Chapter 4 is on the Sherman "Crab" mine-flail tank. With some real detail
shots of this beast. Included are 2 shots of it clearing a mine field…and
these have to be the best shots of the chains the thing mounted I have
ever seen!! I have a Coree conversion set to use on a Sherman tank model
here to do and this will be of much value for reference.
The final, 5th chapter, is on the German Wirbelwind anti-aircraft tank….there
are many detail shots in this chapter and a lot of walk around shots of
one being restored in a museum.
I recommend this fine book to all armor modelers…there is a wealth of
info in this book to get the details right on these various vehicles…that
I have not come across before elsewhere. Highly recommended.