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Camouflage and Markings Volume 1

Camouflage and Markings Volume 1 Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2014 Title Camouflage and Markings Volume 1
Author Mark Healy Publisher Guideline Publications
Published 2013 ISBN 978-1-908565-16-7
Format 64 pages, softbound MSRP (GBP) £16.00


Here is the debut title in a new series from Guideline Publications - this is Volume 1 of Camouflage & Markings - Armour in Theatre Eastern Front Spring and Summer 1943. In other words, this title looks at the Battle of Kursk from German and Soviet Army perspectives. The title opens with a state of the forces and a rough order of battle for each side leading into the Spring of 1943. It also looks at the regulation colors for camouflage employed. Through a timeline as the battle unfolds, this title looks at both sides, though with more of an emphasis on German forces since they made more use of camouflage than did Soviet forces.

The discussion looks at the new tri-color camouflage standards that were implemented by the Wehrmacht and the author shows through analysis and period photos why those standards were not closely followed on the Eastern Front. With the use of nice color profiles of a variety of combat vehicles, this title provides the colors and patterns used to blend combat vehicles into the unique landscape of the Russian frontier and how those colors shifted during the spring and summer months.

If you're looking for a good reference on the actual camouflage schemes applied during the Battle of Kursk versus those that assume that Wehrmacht standards were followed, this is just what you're looking for to properly recreate history in scale.

Definitely recommended!

My sincere thanks to Guideline Publications for this review sample!