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Allied Armoured Fighting Vehicles of the Second World War (Paperback)

Military > Tanks WWII

By Michael Green
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 194
Illustrations: 250
ISBN: 9781473872370
Published: 12th April 2017



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Expert author Michael Green has compiled a full inventory of the armoured fighting vehicles developed and deployed by the Allied armies during the six year war against Nazi Germany and her Axis partners.

Tank destroyers included the US Armys M18 Hellcat and M36 Jackson, the British Archer and Achilles and the Soviets SU-85, SU-100 and SU-122.

Self-propelled artillery vehicles provide indirect fire support. Examples of these were the British Bishop and Sexton, the US M7 Army Priest and The Red Armys SU-152 Beast Slayer.

For reconnaissance the Allies fielded armoured cars and scout cars such as the Daimler Dingo, the US M8 Greyhound and T17 Staghound, and the Russian BA-10, -20 and -64.

AFVs such as the British full tracked Universal Carrier and US M3 halftracks were fitted with a range of weapon systems, such as mortars or machine guns.

All these and many more AFVs are expertly described in words and captioned images in this comprehensive work which is the companion volume to the authors Allied Tanks of the Second World War.

Highly recommended as a book to inspire variations on a theme.

IPMS Magazine, May-June 2019

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STORIA militare, October 2017

Books from Pen and Sword’s Images of War series feature rare and often previously unpublished images. This is yet another addition to this series and it concentrates on the fighting vehicles used by the Allies during the Second
World War.

This volume details these vehicles and it covers those which are commonly encountered as well as the rare and unusual ones. I am sure that even the most expert of readers would find some types/models or variations that are
new to him or her.

It is essentially a pictorial book and these images make the book most useful for vehicle identification and comparing the differences between various models of the same series. It does have more of a US focus than anticipated
but then they did produce a wider range of vehicles and these were also the Lend-Lease factor for supplying US vehicles to the British and Soviets.

The author has compiled a full inventory of these vehicles used during the sixyear
war against Nazi Germany and her Axis partners. It covers tank destroyers, self-propelled artillery, armoured cars used for scouting purposes, half-tracks and other use vehicles fitted with a range of weapon systems including mortars and machine-guns.

US, British, Soviet and French vehicles are considered in both words as well as images in this highly affordable guide. The author has produced a sister volume on Allied Tanks of the Second World War and together they consider
the array of Allied fighting vehicles.

I found this tome very interesting and it covered the subject in great detail.The main value of this book is the collection of period and modern images of these vehicles. If you are a World War 2 re-enactor, model maker or vehicle enthusiast then this book should be included in your personal library.

Military Archive Research, Dr Stuart C Blank

It's a visually interesting guide to those supporting armoured vehicles.

The Armourer, inc. Classic Arms & Militaria, August 2017

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This is a fine selection of images to comprehensively demonstrate the diversity
of armoured vehicle designs and roles – Most Highly Recommended.

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A good illustration of the ingenuity displayed in adapting AFVs for specialist purposes, and which were made good use of during the war. Even the conversion of obsolete Ram tanks to the troop carrying Kangaroo used by 79th Armoured Division. All four chapters together make for an interesting mix.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

In this latest book the author covers allied armoured vehicles including lend-lease vehicles, it is divided into four chapters covering Reconnaissance vehicles, Tank destroyers, Self-propelled artillery and Miscellaneous vehicles. Tanks were covered in his previous volume.
Each chapter starts with a brief description of each type of vehicle in the class with details of manufacturers and less than successful types. Separate panels give details of each nationalities definition and designation of the types. This is followed by a large number of clear photos in both colour and monochrome showing vehicles in service and preserved examples. Showing in service vehicles gives a good view of how crews really stowed kit in the field and of real weathering and damage which brings a model to life. As many of the vehicles involved are open topped the interior views are particularly useful. In searching out the less well-known examples the author has given us a useful source of inspiration when we are trying to decide what to do with a kit that has languished in the stash for longer than we remember. Also, many of the photos provide diorama ideas and show how crews stowed kit on the vehicles.
Highly recommended as a book to inspire variations on a theme.

Mervyn John White
 Michael Green

About Michael Green

Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series, including Armored Warfare in the Vietnam War, The Patton Tank: Cold War Warrior, M1 Abrams Tank, Allied Tanks of the Second World War, Allied AFVs of the Second World War, Axis Tanks of the Second World War, Axis AFVs of the Second World War, American Military Helicopters, US Airborne Divisions, USMC in the Vietnam War, US Armored Divisions of the Second World War, US Marine Corps in the Korean War, American Artillery, NATO and Warsaw Pact Tanks of the Cold War and Red Army Weapons of the World War.

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