The Eighty-Eight Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||August 2008||Title||The Eighty-Eight: Visual History of German 8.8 cm Flak Guns in WWII|
|Author||David Doyle & Pat Stansell||Publisher||Ampersand Publishing|
|Format||108 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$19.98|
Ampersand Publishing is based in Delray Beach, Florida, USA. They publish a series of books titled Allied-Axis. These are virtual picture albums that feature several Allied and Axis vehicles per issue. A number of these have been reviewed, in the past, here on Cybermodeler. Ampersand also publishes a magazine called Military Miniatures in Review that comes out periodically, but is not a monthly. It is an excellent magazine, but – here in Iowa – where I live I have trouble getting the latest issues.
This new book is in the same format at Ampersands Allied-Axis series. It is a soft cover book in 8 ½” x 11” (stationary size) page format - much like the format of Squadron’s In Action books. This book is 108 pages in length.
The book covers the Flak 18, Flak 36, Flak 37, Flak 41 and range finding equipment. There are 98 black and white wartime photos in the book, the majority of these being full page photos. These photos are very clear and crisp and a lot of them have never been seen in print before and are out of German veterans’ private albums.
At the end of the Flak 18 chapter, there are 27 walk-around photos of a Flak 18 that has been restored and is on display in a museum. However, we are NOT told what museum. There are also 18 illustrations out of a German technical manual for the Flak 18. There is a full color shot, on the back cover of the book of a Flak 18, outdoors at a museum.
At the end of the Flak 37 chapter, there are 22 walk-around photos of a Flak 37 that has been restored and is on display also in a museum. Again, we are NOT told what museum.
At the end of the Flak 41 chapter, there are 11 illustrations out of a German technical manual for that gun.
The 88mm gun is a very popular subject with armor modelers, and has been kitted numerous times in several scales. So, this book will be invaluable to modelers and armchair WWII historians. Highly recommended.