The ANZACs Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||April 2011||Title||The ANZACs|
|Author||Malcolm Laird & Steve Mackenzie||Publisher||Ventura Publications/Mushroom Model Publications/Stratus|
|Format||72 pages, softbound||MSRP (GBP)||£9.99|
Ventura Publications is located in New Zealand. Although the title page says that the book is printed there it is actually printed by Stratus in Poland in the English language. Stratus also prints Mushroom Model Publications books in English and Polish and their own books. Stratus sent me this book for review.
This new book is in 7” x 9 ½” soft-cover page format. It is 72 pages in length.
The book is an updated and extended version of the now out-of-print volume on ANZAC Spitfire pilots. This new book is in the highly acclaimed “Classic Warbirds” series. It tells the stories of ten Australian and New Zealand pilots in WW2. They flew Spitfires and Hurricanes based in Britain, the Middle East and the CBI theatre.
Based on interviews with the pilots and their written memoirs, it is a fascinating look at the personalities inside these fighter planes.
It is profoundly illustrated with 93 black and white wartime photos and one color one on the front cover. The color shot shows pilot Charles Beal standing in front of his Hurricane with ground crewman Hugh Dean on the wing. The nose art on the Hurricane was done by Dean. Several other nose arts are shown throughout the book also.
There are 2 line drawings of the camera installation apparatus used in Spitfires. Malcolm Laird did the artwork and there are 20 color illustrations by him. Some of these are 5-views and 3-views. The rest of them are profiles and 6 of these profiles appear on the back cover. Below this is a listing of 19 different aircraft decal sheets in 1/48th scale that Ventura markets.
This book will prove to be essential reading for students of WWII air warfare, enthusiasts and modelers alike.