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Tank Craft 39: Sherman Medium Tank (Paperback)

Canadian, New Zealand and South African Armies, Italy 1943–1945

Colour Books Military > Modelling Military > Tanks Photographic Books WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Italian Front WWII > Photographic Books

By Dennis Oliver
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Tank Craft
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 100 colour illustrations, 100 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399065085
Published: 2nd February 2023

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The Sherman tank served with most Allied armies during the Second World War and it is justly famous for the role it played in the Normandy landings and the subsequent drive into Germany. But the part played by the British commonwealth armoured units in the Italian campaign is less well known and in his latest volume in the TankCraft series Dennis Oliver uses wartime photos, extensively researched text and highly-detailed colour illustrations to cover the Sherman tanks of the Canadian, New Zealand and South African armies that battled their way up the Italian peninsula. Although it was often out-gunned by its opponents the Sherman’s ability to handle the worst terrain and its mechanical reliability ensured that it was at the forefront of every battle and contributed greatly to the final Allied victory. Examined in this book are both the 75mm armed version and the potent tank killer referred to toady as the Firefly, as well as a number of little-known field modifications. 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 examined, providing everything the modeller needs to recreate an accurate representation of these historic vehicles.

Another really good mix of historical information and modelling detail for Shermans in the Italian Campaign.

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Military Model Scene

A camouflage and markings section that provides a goodly number of color profiles based on photos in the book.

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ModellingMadness.com

Will be of interest to modelers and military historians alike.

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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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