Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||August 2007||Title||Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles|
|Author||Robert Jackson||Publisher||Parragon Publishing|
|Format||320 pages, hardbound||MSRP (USD)||$12.98|
The book is 8 ¾” x 11” hard cover format. It is 320 pages long. It is a highly illustrated and comprehensive guide to more than 240 tanks and armored fighting vehicles from 1915 to the present day.
The book features the best of these vehilces. Entries are listed chronologically. Each entry is accompanied by a description of the vehicle’s development and service record, and a full specification table is included with each. The tables detail all the essential data: armament, crew, dimensions, speed, range, engine types, and power output. These specifications are given with both imerial and metric measures listed.
The book is illustrated with 147 color photos (a lot of these taken in museums of restored vehicles), 185 black and white photos (a few are really dinky and small), 107 color profile paintings (a few of these are two views: sides and fronts) and there are 12 drawings that are also cutaways. I liked some of these profiles because they are done showing the vehicles individual markings and wear and tear and mud. Good references for the modeler.
The author, Robert Jackson, is the author of over 80 books on military aviation, naval and scientific subjects. He was defense and science correspondent for a major British newspaper publishing group. His expertise has led to books covering major studies of all aspects of individual campaigns and wars. A former pilot and navigation instructor, he was a squadron leader in the RAF Volunteer Reserve. He lives in Darlington, Co Durham, England.
This book is real bargain at it’s near $13 price on sale. Highly recommended to the armor modeler or WWII historian or enthusiast.