Into the Valley Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||February 2012||Title||Into the Valley|
|Author||Dick Taylor||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||180 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£19.99|
Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) is based in the U.K. All their books are printed in Sandomierz Poland by their partner Stratus in the English language. Stratus also prints books in Polish. This new book was sent to me directly from Stratus. It was heavily packed in several layers of card board to protect it. The book is soft-cover in 180 pages of 8 ½” x 11 ¾” format.
The Valentine tank was the only pre-war British tank design to remain in service throughout WWII, and was built in greater numbers than any other. More than 8,000 being produced.
It saw service with several armies, in particular wartime operational service with British and Soviet armies. When the Valentine became obsolete as a gun tank, it soldiered on in many variants such as self-propelled guns and bridge-layers.
In this new book Dick Taylor describes in detail the design, development and production of the Valentines serving up until around 1960. The book is profusely illustrated with 104 black and white general photos (one of these being a 4-view), 106 more black and white photos that are walk-around type, 48 color walk –around photos, 91 technical drawings, paint patterns for Valentines in full color, one general color photo, 3 black and white profiles (no scale given). The illustrations and photos cover all aspects of Valentines and their variants, inside and out. This book is truly the definitive book about the Valentine.
Dick Taylor is a serving British Army officer who has been deployed in many areas of the world. Since being commissioned in 2000, he has specialized in tank gunnery construction, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear operations. Psychological operations, and lately, defence exporting. He has a First Class degree in History, and is currently reading for a Master’s degree at Dundee University. He is married with two sons and lives in Blandford, Dorset.
This book will be of great interest to historians, enthusiasts and modelers.