I intend to review both volume 1 and 2 together as the comments
are applicable to both.
Printed on very high quality paper with the photographs in sepia
this adds to the story .
They start with an introduction as to why the photographs were
taken in the first place and then an index of the vehicle types.
In the main the story is all about what happened to the vehicles
left over on the continent after the war and the uses they were
put to in civilian hands.
The majority ended up as recovery vehicle or working in construction
and the forests. Some were used by the circuses and travelling
fairgrounds and lastly the emergency services as fire tenders
Vol 1 covers the vehicles used by the British, Canada and American
Vol 2 is a repeat of the same format but it deals in the main
with German, French, USA and a few Russian vehicles.
The photographs have never been published before now and were
taken at the end of the vehicles life i.e. in scrapyards or builders
The wealth of information in the photographs is staggering and
is frankly a scratch builders dream. Not only for the details
but also the markings and weathering of a near wreck or derelict
vehicle. Now that new kits of British Wartime vehicles are to
be produced in all scales up to and including 1/24. I can see
many of the original in the photographs turned into aftermarket
I highly recommend this series of books they provided an insight
into post war Europe and the Authors are to be congratulated
on two very individual books, that fill a much needed and up
to now neglected part of our history.
I bought mine at discount a price at this yearÕs War and Peace
As a postscript a third volume has just been announce in the
Ian Sadler IPMS UK Armour TAS Leader