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WW2 Russian Field Weapons & Equipment Helion Company Data File It’s surprising how much equipment the Soviet forces had during WWII and this book brings them into sharp detail. Most people know about the sheer numbers of tanks and men involved in the Great Patriotic War, but there as so many other pieces of equipment used by the soldiers in the field. Much like the book on German Field Equipment reviewed HERE, this book combines interesting facts alongside the very nicely rendered 3D drawings of each piece of kit. I’m sure that not every piece of equipment used is in this book, but there is an awful lot that is. Every from pistols, weapons case, rifles, and sniper rifles, machine guns right the way up to the big guns and tanks. All the drawings on the one hundred and fifty three pages are in full colour giving the modeller good research material for their models and dioramas. Whilst there are the familiar pieces of kit shown, there are also quite a few unusual pieces that I certainly didn’t know about, such as the concrete tanks and the various mobile pill boxes. The In Enemy Hands section is interesting in that it shows what modifications the Germans carried out to their captured Soviet equipment, usually involving the venerable T-34. Conclusion This is another great and very interesting book. Not only are the rendering superb, but the information they and the notes provide will prove very useful to the modeller who wants to get everything just right. Review sample courtesy of
WW2 German Field Weapons & Equipment Helion Company Data File 1939 – 1942 Normally when the Wehrmacht is thought of it’s usually the thoughts of the men, and the heavy equipment they used, mainly the tanks and maybe the machine guns and personal weapons. But they were equipped with so much more, and this book shows this in superbly detailed colour digital drawings. Every one of its 144 pages is filled with these drawings, showing equipment as mundane as a telephone wire spool and dynamo powered flashlights to the bigger stuff like the 21cm Morser 18 and 128mm Flak 40 Zwilling. In-between you do have the infamous 88m Flak 18/36 and MG-42, but it’s the smaller, personal weapons, mines, booby traps, demolition equipment, vehicle conversions, remote controlled vehicles, IR lighting systems and even a couple of weird prototypes that make this book so fascinating. I certainly didn’t know about a lot of the equipment and it’s been quite illuminating at how ingenious and cunning the designers of the equipment were. Although if you’ve got a good imagination some of the equipment can be a little disturbing, in that you can imagine the horrors that they can bring to the Allied troops and civilians. Yet as a piece of engineering design they are still very interesting. Conclusion This is a really interesting book, and although some of the annotations are a little short in their descriptions, the majority are very helpful in learning how and why these pieces of equipment were designed and used. The digital drawings are superb and really clear which will make them very useful if modelling one of the subjects or even their use as part of a diorama scene. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of