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Camouflage & Markings of Axis Armor in the Balkans Campaigns 1940-41 Armor Color Gallery No. 14 ISBN : 9788360672310 Model Centrum Progres via Casemate UK The Greek & Balkans campaigns of WWII are one of the areas of WWII that seems largely forgotten about, mainly I suspect as it did not go to well in general for the allies. This new book from Armor Color Galley is a companion volume to the Allied Volume we reviewed here. The author has managed to gather source material from public and private sources in Hungary, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, as well as the UK, US and Germany. As such man of the photos have not been published before. Combined with detailed captions they give an insight into the Axis Armour at this time. The book is 72 pages long and filled with Black & White pictures (142), there are also 25 full colour plates. Conclusion This book will give the reader a look at Axis Armour used in these campaigns. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
Armour Camouflage & Markings of the British Expeditionary Force France 1939-1940 Model Centrum Progres Early in the 1940 campaign in France and Flanders, the British Expeditionary Force, along with the Belgian army and the best French divisions, were encircled north of the Somme. Futile attempts were made to break the encirclement. One such attempt was made by the 1st Army Tank Brigade, launched south of the town of Arras. The appearance of these Infantry Tanks stunned the German commander, who did not realize how few tanks there actually were, which caused the Germans to slow their advance, thus buying valuable time for the Dunkirk evacuation. The only British tanks north of the Somme capable of fighting other tanks were the Infantry Tanks of the 1st Army Tank Brigade. The Brigade had only two of its three Battalions and only one Battalion with its full complement of the larger A12. This latest book from Model Centrum Progres is Part 1 of Armour Camouflage & Markings of the British Expeditionary Force, France 1939-1940, and examines the tanks of the 1st Army Tank Brigade. For security reasons, photography by British soldiers was strictly forbidden but encouraged on the German side. Therefore, most of the 157 photos in the book were taken by the Germans and depict captured, broken or destroyed vehicles. The book also contains seven pages of colour plates showing the different types, The Vickers light tank, the A11 and A12, their camouflage and markings. There is also brief description of the three types of tanks used, and the movements of the Brigade during the campaign are also covered. Each photo is accompanied by corresponding annotations which point out the differences in the three types of A11, the modifications made specifically to the A12s and other information, such as the vehicle's location and tank crew. There is a page showing the tank markings and flags that an Army tank battalion would have used and a list of tanks known to have served with the 4th and 7th Tanks Battalions’. Conclusion Model Centrum Progres books, such as this one, have a great way of telling a story of the real going’s on during war. There style of text is clear and informative, while the photos, are nicely reproduced, yet give a sense of loss as well as showing the courage that the men who fought in these tanks must have had. It also makes you wonder what the Generals were thinking when sending these tanks into battle in the way they did, having learnt nothing from the Great War. The information contained in this book are perfect for the military modeller and should be a must have in their library. Review sample courtesy of
Camouflage & Markings of Commonwealth & Greek Armor in the Balkans Campaign Armor Color Gallery The Greek & Balkans campaign of 1941 is one of the areas of WWII that seems largely forgotten about, mainly I suspect as it did not go to well in general for the allies. This new book from Armor Color Galley has been researched and published in time for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle for Greece. It looks at the vehicles used by The British 1st Armoured Brigade HQ Squadron, 4th Queen's Own Hussars, 3rd and 7th Royal Tank Regiments and 3rd King's Own Hussars,. The Commonwealth 2nd New Zealand Division, 6th Australian Division; and Greek 19th Motorised Division. The book is A4 softbound format and is illustrated with 148 Black & White photographs, many of which have not been published before. The main pages feature white text on a black background which may not be to everyone's tastes (certainly not to that of the reviewer). There are 7 white pages at the rear of the book which contain colour views of various tanks & armoured Cars; though to suggest as the cover does that there are 24 full colour plates may be considered optimistic. Conclusion Overall this is a good book covering an often overlooked conflict of WWII, recommended. Review sample courtesy of
German Railway Gun Leopold 28cm K5(E) Model Centrum Progres via Casemate This book is part of Model Centrum's Armour PhotoGallery series, and has been reissued due to renewed demand. It suits me just fine, as I have the 1:35 kit from Trumpeter, but there are also kits in 1:72 from Hasegawa and a more modern tooling from Hobby Boss, with Dragon catering for 1:144 and an older tooling in 1:35. The Leopold was one of the most successful rail guns, sporting a massive 28cm barrel, and capable of running on existing rail, unlike its even larger stablemate, the Dora. This made it more useful, and its 11" shell was enough to put the fear of their favourite deity in people. The book is a photo gallery ("really?" I hear you cry) of both the surviving Ausf.C example in the US Ordnance Museum at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, and the rather less well preserved Ausf.D gun at the Musee du Mur de L'Atlantique near the Pas de Calais. There is also a section devoted to photos of the weapon in service, as well as after capture, with the obligatory man in the breech and a brave soul that has shinned to the end of the barrel, showing just how large muzzle was. The final item is a set of 1:35 and 1:72 plans packaged loosely inside the book's film cover. This is printed on sturdy satin finished paper, and although it is folded small enough to fit within the book's cover, it folds out to A0 at a guess, measuring out to be roughly double the size of my A1 cutting mat. Quite impressive on the whole! Conclusion A great book with literally hundreds of photos and copious captions to enlighten and inform the reader as to the function of the small parts of this behemoth. The depth to which the photos extend is admirable, and each section has its location marked out on the top of the page, which shows a portion of a line drawing of the Leopold marked out in colour. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of