Allied - Axis Volume 14 Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||April 2005||Title||Allied - Axis Volume 14|
This is the latest issue in this series of books from Ampersand. Some armor modelers may recognize the publisher from their excellent quarterly magazine Military Miniatures in Review.
These books are in soft-cover format that are 11” wide and 8 ½ “ high. They are usually a ¼” thick.
This new issue is 96 pages long. It contains 93 black and white wartime photos, 6 copies of illustrations out of a German tech manual for the Nebelwerfer, 15 photos of a Mercedes G4 6-wheeled car in a Spanish museum and 14 photos of a Horch 901 E Pkw. command car in a German museum.
Ampersand always has very sharp and clear pictures in all the books in this series. The books are virtual picture albums with captions under the pictures as the only text. They are easy to read and not bogged down with a lot of text.
Chapters in this new issue are:
The U.S. 240 mm Gun (make no mistake…this is a BIG one. The gun and it’s hauling vehicle are featured.)
The German Nebelwerfer (both the 5 and the 6-barreled versions are shown, along with the halftrack that pulled them)
The Mercedes Benz G4 6-wheeled car (this was exciting, to me, as I just did a review of a rare-old Tilt brand kit on this site. Lots of details shown on one in Spanish Museum, including a wartime photo of one in panzer gray overall and another with Hitler in the photo).
The M3 “Lee”, part 3 (I was a little disappointed with this chapter. All the pictures were of different tank crews standing in front of Lee’s. I would have preferred more shots of the tanks themselves. Ampersand did parts 1 and 2 in earlier issues).
The German Horch 901 Type 40 E. Pkw.(a nice mix of wartime photos and walk-around ones at a museum in Germany)
I highly recommend this series of books to all armor modelers and WWII armchair historians. I look forward to each issue.