Polish Vickers Part 1: Vickers 6 Ton, C6P, C7P Book Review
|Date of Review||August 2013||Title||Polish Vickers Part 1|
|Author||Adam Jonca||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||96 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$25.00|
In reforging its military after WWI, a renascent Poland initially relied on French armor – notably Renault's pioneering FT-17, 120 of which entered service in 1919.
Polish tanks first drew blood against Bolshevik Russia. Fighting, though, proved the FT's top speed inadequate for maneuver warfare. And after an aborted attempt to produce American Christie vehicles, the Poles eventually chose Vickers' then-ubiquitous 6 Ton tank.
That's the subject of Adam Jonca's excellent monograph – second in MMP/Stratus' superb "Polish Tracks & Wheels" series, and the first of two volumes on variants of this classic British vehicle.
Available in North America from Casemate, the absorbing, highly informative account follows the publisher's proven prescription. Text traverses 6 Ton evaluation, purchase, training and operations. Over 200 archival photos grace its 96 pages. At least 40 color plates offer ample modeling inspiration. And scale drawings supplement book illustrations.
The same series nitpicks, however, remain. Boldface text might prevent captions from vanishing against dark backgrounds. And carefully checking vernacular and diction could improve MMP/Stratus' translation for grammarians like me.
Another thing: even today, Slovakia might doggedly dispute calling Poland's late-1938 border incursion a "correction"!
Still, I loved this installment of "Polish Tracks & Wheels". MMP and Stratus: more, please!
With thanks to Casemate for the review copy.