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AFVs in Irish Service Since 1922 Book Review

by Ray Mehlberger

Date of Review February 2011 Title AFVs in Irish Service Since 1922
Author Ralph A. Roccio Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2011 ISBN 978-83-61421-19-1
Format 184 pages, softbound MSRP (BP) £24.99 (approx $40.25 at current rate)

Review

Mushroom Model Publications is based in the UK. They are in partnership with Stratus Publications based in Sandomierz, Poland. Stratus prints Mushroom Model Publications books for them in English as well as doing their own books in Polish. This book was sent to me by Stratus, very heavily sheaved in cardboard to protect it along with another book.

The book is soft-cover 8 ½” x 11” page format and is 224 pages in length.

The book tells the story of the tanks and other armored vehicles used by the armed forces of Ireland (Eire), from independence to the present day, is recounted in this new book.

Although the Irish have never used large numbers of armored vehicles, they have employed a wide and eclectic variety of tanks and armored cars, from British WWI vehicles through to the Swedish armored cars currently in service. This book describes the acquisition and operational use of all such AFVs by the Irish.

From Rolls-Royce armored cars to a wide variety of British, Italian and Swedish vehicles, plus Irish designed and built Ford armored cars, the author describes in detail the use of this varied collection of AFVs in Irish service. Their role in the civil war, which followed independence, through to UN peace-keeping duties in recent years, is all covered.

The book contains 83 black and white photos and 102 color ones. There are 98 photos of restored vehicles, 37 black and white line drawing profiles, 23 color illustrations of Irish Cavalry Corps unit insignias and 31 data charts. Many of the rare older black and white photos have never appeared before in other books.

Technical details of all the vehicles are included.

The cover of another MMP book on AFVs is shown on the back cover: "Invincible Black Brigade, the Polish 10th Cavalry Brigade 1939"

This book will be of interest to AFV historians and enthusiasts as well as modelers.

I want to thank Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) and Casemate for this review sample.

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