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M7 Priest (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Colour Books Military > Pre-WWI > American History Military > Tanks Military > Weaponry WWII > Photographic Books

By David Doyle
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 143
Illustrations: 210
ISBN: 9781526738851
Published: 4th February 2019



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The M7 Howitzer Motor Carriage, dubbed the Priest, was the most successful and widely used example of American self-propelled artillery during WWII. Examples continued to be used by the U.S. Army during the Korean war, and beyond, even serving Allied countries into the 1970s. Coined the Priest due to its pulpit-like structure for the gun commander, this armored fighting vehicle would see action in North Africa, Italy, and the D-Day landings in Normandy and all the way to Germany.

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WWII History, December 2019

Author David Doyle has packed a lot of information and spectacular photos into this 144-page book. This detailed resource features hundreds of stunning photos of the M7, M7B1, and M7B2 variants in production and at war. Valuable appendices cover contracts and deliveries; general specifications of the M7, M7B1, and the M2A1 Howitzer; and a table organization for a WWII-era armored field battalion.

Military Vehicles Magazine • OCTOBER 2019

Verdict: Well illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs. Certainly worth getting if your interest lies in World War Two armour or if you have others from the Images of War series.

Classic Military Vehicle, October 2019

Well recommended, especially for the modeller of fighting vehicles, not only for the images of the M7 but also for many photos that cold provide inspiration for diorama building.

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Another great release from Pen and Sword in their Images of War series. The book is well written with lots of high quality black and white pictures.

Highly recommended

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Inscale Book Reviews

Well written by David Doyle, with informative captions to the photos, this book can be recommended to anyone contemplating or building a model of an M7 Priest.

Neil Robinson, IPMS, 2019

The book is not only a well-researched source of inspiration for vignettes or dioramas, it also provides food for thought considering conversions and vehicle customization.

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Wargames Illustrated, July 2019

This book is nicely laid out in a chronological order with an explanation of each image. Reading this book, you will gain a whole new appreciation for the M7 and its development.

As the M7 Priest is currently not very well covered by model manufacturers, this book will be a great aid the scratch build modeller wishing to build an early variant.

This is a superb reference book for armoured vehicle enthusiasts and historians. And a worthy addition to the Images of War series.

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Vintage Airfix

If you have an interest in this particular vehicle or you are planning to build one in small scale this book is a great source of visual inspiration... I was very happy to add this book to my growing collection of reference material for military vehicles from World War Two. If you like tanks you will enjoy this book.

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Colonel Mustard Blog

There were nearly three and an half thousand M7 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriages produced during World War II and David Doyle manages in this photo essay 143 pages, an introduction, 6 chapters and 4 appendices and many rare wartime photos to cover not only the inspiration for the introduction of the M7, but the fabrication in all four of the facilities where manufacture of the vehicle took place. It is a welcome addition to any library of AFVs because it contains not only the historical background of the development of the vehicle but 207 photographs, of which 26 are in colour. It is an excellent reference and covers the vehicle from the early T32 to the M7 and M7B2, which mounted the British 17pdr. Although there are no scale drawings, the scale modeller is provided many views of the vehicle, which bring forth ideas for variations in marking, stowage and diorama possibilities.

Japanese Aviation Society

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FineScale Modeler

The tireless book-making machine, dubbed David Doyle, returns to the load with another great documentation for our library.

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Miniaturas JM

The quality and variety of photographs is excellent, giving full coverage in great detail of pretty much every part of the vehicle... This book should provide an excellent reference work for wargamers and modellers, and is highly recommended.

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Not Quite Mechanised, Chris Kemp

This book is one of the series using rare photographs, mainly obtained from American sources. This one covers the M7 Priest, a 105 mm self-propelled gun used by the American and British forces. As usual, this book is full of photographs of the subject, mostly in operational situations. There is some text describing the origins of the Priest, its design and operational history. The photographs are particularly thorough, of high quality, and the detail contained in them should appeal to modellers of this armoured vehicle.

Most of the pictures are of the Priest in U.S. Army service, which is to be expected on the basis of the source of most of the originals. There is a useful appendix giving the specification of the Priest, and one giving the order of battle of an armoured field artillery battalion in which the Priests were deployed. Once again, another excellent book that covers a narrow and specific subject area, which will be of interest to modellers and readers alike.

British Military History, Rob Palmer

With the M7 Priest having limited coverage by the model manufacturers I am really pleased to have a copy of this book from Pen and Sword as part of their ‘Images of War’ book series. The period photographs are a great visual reference on the M7 Priest and with the very good captions provided with the photographs increasing their value even further. I am not a huge fan of restored and preserved vehicles being included in a book of this nature, but I also understand that period images do not always cover aspects that the author wants to share with the reader and so he is forgiven. The thing I did like finding in this title where the period colour photographs of the M7 Priest and are a great inclusion for the modeller. This is a great visual reference on the M7 Priest at a very good price.

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This book provides an excellent and comprehensive description of the M7, M7B1 and M7B2. It will appeal to model makers looking for detailed photographs of this important AFV as well as inspiration for dioramas. The rare photographs and colour photographs of the surviving M7 make this book a must for all those interested US World War AFVs


This is yet another essential book for model makers, but there is plenty to attract the general reader, and the end result is a really nice book that will not disappoint.

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War History Online

David Doyle in this book brings together the largest number of photos of M7 in U.S.A. service that I have ever seen, for those who want to know more about this self-propelled you just have to buy the book!

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

I think this is an excellent reference source for any model-maker as well as being high quality research material for any budding military historian.

I rate this book very highly and recommend it to any military vehicle model-maker.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

Recommended for those interested in collecting, converting, or individualizing their M7 models.

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The Miniatures Page

Plenty to interest the armour and artillery historian, and a high level of detail that I am certain modellers will love.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

I have been following the Images Of War series for quite some time now and each new book is a thrill to sit and go through. As a military modeling hobbyist, I am always in search of reference photos. This is one of those series of books that fit the bill. The M7 Priest by David Doyle is another great addition to my library. It is compiled of many historic photos of this iconic battle wagon, many of which I have never seen before.

Ray Stryker Ace, Freelance

This new addition follows the proven format of a high image count using an outstanding selection of rare images, with concise text that tell the story very well . - Highly Recommended

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This (photo)book does an excellent job in showing all the different versions and their development during the war (and even after). There are lots of very clear photos of the various M7’s during development, photos taken in the US during trials and training. These are obviously of much better quality than the photos taken in the field during the action... I truly enjoyed this book and will very likely use it in future when I get myself a scale model of an M7 !

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Flyin' and Ridin' Blog, Francois A. Dumas

This is an excellent book. Both the text and images are superb. I had no knowledge of this vehicle before reading Doyle's work, and yet I enjoyed reading, looking and learning about it so much, thanks to his lucid well organised text and the terrific photos, that I went out and bought two Revell 1/76 kits of the M7-Priest, and built two variants, using this book as reference. Very highly recommended.

Amazon Customer, Sebastian Palmer

About David Doyle

An avid military vehicle enthusiast whose collection includes 10 Vietnam-era vehicles, it is not surprising that most of his 100+ published books focus on US military weapons of war. In June 2015, he was presented the coveted Bart Vanderveen Award by the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, given in recognition of "…the individual who has contributed the most to the historic preservation of military vehicles worldwide."
Some of David Doyle's published works are - U.S Vehicles and Heavy Weapons of the Vietnam War; M65 Atomic Canon; M7 Priest, M12 Gun Motor Carriage; U.S. Half-Track Vehicles In Action; The Complete DUKW Historical Reference; P-47 Thunderbolt In Action; USS Iowa (BB-61)

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