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The Jeep (Paperback)

Second World War

WWII Transport Modelling Colour Books Weaponry Military

By Lance Cole
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Land Craft
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781526746511
Published: 16th April 2019


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The Second World War Jeep was one of the most famous and influential military vehicles of all time, and over 600,000 were produced. It served with all the Allied forces during the war on every front and it has been the inspiration behind the design of light, versatile, rugged military and civilian vehicles ever since. In this, the first volume in Pen & Sword’s LandCraft series, Lance Cole traces the design, development and manufacturing history of the Jeep and describes its operational role within the Allied armies.

A selection of archive photographs showing the Jeep in service in European and Pacific campaigns gives a graphic impression of how adaptable the Jeep was and records the variety of equipment it could carry. The book is an excellent source for the modeller, providing details of available kits, together with specially commissioned colour profiles recording how the Jeeps used by different units and armies appeared.

Lance Cole's introduction to the Jeep is necessary reading and reference for enthusiasts and modellers.

The book like others is illustrated with beautiful photos full of details, and the photos of the dioramas make you want to try to assemble one of the many kits on the market. The historical part of the book at the same time offers a whole series of information that makes that this book cannot miss on the shelves of fans of vehicles of the Second World War.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

This is a great addition to the range of books usually covering tanks and comes along at an ideal time for me as I have two LRDG jeeps to build. The author has done a very good of covering a fairly complex subject in a small number of pages and tackles the model side of the Jeep as well. Both the written and photographic aspect has been well tackled and provides a good amount of information on the topic.

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The book is well illustrated throughout, with archive photos as well as a lot showing restored Jeeps which are around in large numbers even now.

A good value book which is a good start to the new LandCraft series from Pen & Sword and author Lance Cole has made a very nice job of it I think.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

A book worth having, primarily for the visual reference, and secondarily for the model-related sections.

A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

About Lance Cole

Lance Cole (48) has been a journalist and author for over 25 years. He was the 1983 Sir William Lyons Scholar and has written features and news items for all the major automotive and aviation titles. Syndicated worldwide, he has also been a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The South China Post, and numerous imprints. He is a regular broadcaster – including with BBC Radio 4. He is the author of 8 books - notably Vickers VC10 with a Foreword by Brian Trubshaw, and Heavies – voted by Alan de Botton as one of his favourite books. Lance is well known for his regular opinions in Flight International magazine. He is a glider pilot and trained designer.

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