Allied - Axis Volume 21 Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||October 2008||Title||Allied - Axis Volume 21|
The Allied-Axis series of books on military vehicles are always a picture album with many very clear photos of both Allied and Axis vehicles used during WWII. Some of them never having been in print before. Text is not overbearing in them, and usually is just the captions under the pictures. Color shots are usually of vehicles that have been restored, in private hands and in museums and are of the walk around type.
The books are in Ampersand’s usual 11” x 8 ½” format (similar to the layout of Squadron in Action books). This new book is 96 pages in length and has the usual soft cover. Strangely, this time, the book does not show a ISBN number anyplace.
The book comes in a form-fitting clear cello bag that is re-closable with a sticky flap. Good move Ampersand. Ampersand is based in Delray Beach, Florida USA. They also publish a very good armor modeling magazine titled Military Miniatures in Review.
This new issue covers:
- The Studebaker and Reo US6 trucks
- The Sd.Kfz.7, 8-ton halftrack KM m11 medium towing tractor half-track
- The 666: Corbitt and White U.S. trucks
- The Sd.Kfz.10/4 Flak truck
The book has one color photo on the back cover and 126 black and white photos. These photos are, for the most part, full-page width.
The US6 is shown in a stakeside version, its engine is shown, the US6-U5 fuel tanker is pictured, the US6-U9 with an air compressor in the cargo bed and a maintenance truck version of it are shown and a US6-10 dump truck is pictured – in both a rear dumping version and a side dumping version.
The Sd.Kfz.7 is shown towing a Flak 18, a 15cm gun, a disabled Sd.Kfz.251 half-track, being loaded into the nose of a Me-323 “Gigant”, with it’s upper body work removed, mounting a 2 cm Flakvierling (4 barreled gun), a 3.7cm Flak 36, a Flak 37 and a Flak43.
The 666: Corbitt and white trucks are shown in a stake-side version with or without a .50 cal machine gun mounted in a ring mount above the cab, the engine is pictured, the detached cargo bed is shown at the factory along with 28 walk-around type shots of it. Finally, one is shown with a “fifth-wheel” towing plate on the back.
The Sd.Kfz.10/4 Flak half-track is shown with a 2 cm gun Flak 30 mounted and a 3.7 cm Flak 38 mounted.
This is one great detail reference for these vehicles. Some of which are already available as kits and the Studebaker is soon to be out also, if not already. Highly recommended to both military enthusiasts and modelers alike. I purchased my copy at my local hobby shop.