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Tank Craft 2: Sherman Tanks of the British Army and Royal Marines (Paperback)

Normandy Campaign 1944

Military > Modelling Military > Tanks WWII > Battles & Campaigns > D-Day & Normandy

By Dennis Oliver
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Tank Craft
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781473885301
Published: 2nd November 2016
Last Released: 16th February 2022



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With production in excess of 55,000 the Sherman tank was eventually in service with most Allied armies of the Second World War and by the time of the Normandy landings was the mainstay of Britain\'s armoured battalions. In his second book in the TankCraft series, Dennis Oliver uses wartime photos and extensively researched, exquisitely presented colour illustrations to cover the Sherman tanks used by the units of the Royal Armoured Corps and the Royal Marines during the fighting in northern France.
As with all the books in the TankCraft series, a large part of this work showcases available model kits and aftermarket products, complemented by a gallery of beautifully constructed and painted models in various scales. Technical details as well as modifications introduced during production and in the field are also explained as is the complex system of markings employed by British armoured regiments.
This book will give the modeller all the information and knowledge required to recreate an authentic miniature representation of the tanks that fought from the beaches of Normandy, through the battles for Caen and on to killing fields of Falaise.

This is definitely an excellent subject for the modeller!

All in all, I would say this is another triumph for the Tank-Craft Series.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

This is a great addition to the range of books covering tanks and authored by Dennis Oliver has made a stunning offering with this title considering the amount of space he had available and he has authored a title that all modellers should make space for in their library. This particular offering is the one I have enjoyed the most so far both in terms of content and the written sections. I learnt things about the Sherman that I have never heard before and it is aspects like that I find most interesting as a reader, while the sections on models and reference generally appeal to me as a modeller. As I have said before a great effort at providing a book that offers something for all and provides the modeller with a bit of everything they need to know their subject.

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From D-Day to the Liberation of France, The British utilized this iconic tank to push back the German army back to the Fatherland. Great photo reference material and some well-built models are featured in this issue of Tank Craft.

Ray Stryker Ace, Scale Models & Dioramas of World War II (Facebook)

Quality Documentation that will delight car modellers, historians and military investigators.

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Miniaturas JM

Having read a number of this author's book in the past you can count on this book to be well researched and quite thoroughly informative.

Highly Recommended - Read the review online here.

In Scale Blog, Scott Danis

I already wrote about one book in this series, Sherman Tanks (Tankcraft #2), and now have read a few more, both in paper and in eBook versions. The more I leaf through them, the more enthusiastic I get. These are real gems for both scale modelers and those of us interested in the technical aspects of these tanks.

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FSAddon, Francois A. 'The Navman' Dumas

More history and period imagery closes a useful publication that's a good-value reference for any Sherman fan, but particularly those new to the subject and who favour 'Blighty's' armour.

Airfix Model World August 2017

If you’re like me and you like books, tanks and models, these volumes will be informative right now, and I expect they will remain enjoyable to look at for a long time to come.

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Schopenhauer’s Workshop, Chris Pflueger

This is a one-stop reference if you plan to build a British Sherman in Normandy after D-day.

FineScale Modeler magazine, March 2017

This is one neat book full of markings for British Shermans. It will greatly appeal to both modelers and AFV enthusiasts and historians.

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AMPS Indianapolis

This addition to the very popular Pen & Sword Craft
series is up to a very high established standard. The
excellent illustrations and examples of completed kits
will appeal strongly to modellers of all ages, but there
is also very good concise text that provides a clear
overview of the Sherman tank in British service during
the Normandy Campaign. This will appeal to anyone with
an interest in armoured warfare and the period covered.
Much Recommended.

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Highly recommend to model makers and historians interested in the Allied AFVS in Normandy.

Scale Military Modelling International.

To think of tackling the Sherman as a whole in a book of this size would not be practical, so looking at a particular group of tanks and in a particular time and place makes it much more manageable. I am sure that British Armour fans will welcome this one.

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Military Modelling, Robin Buckland

About Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver is the author of over twenty books on Second World War armoured vehicles including Panzer III: German Army Light Tank, Operation Barbarossa 1941, Panzer III: German Army Light Tank, Tripoli to El Alamein, 1941-1942 and Stug III and Stug IV: German Army and Waffen-SS, Western Front, 1944-1945.

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