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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.

It does give an excellent insight into one of the best-loved vehicles of WW2.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

Profusely illustrated, impressively informative, exceptionally well organized and presented, "The Jeep: Second World War" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library Automotive History & American Military History collections.

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Midwest Book Review

There are many photographs of Jeeps in wartime configurations, and mounting various weapons. Also lots of photographs of model Jeeps.

Modelers and restorers will love it.

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John's Machines

Pen & Sword have embarked upon a new series, LandCraft, and the inaugural issue is penned by Lance Cole, entitled "The Jeep, Second World War". In its 64 pages one discovers the fascinating in depth evolution of the American 1/4 ton General Purpose (GP) [Jeep] from the early importation of foreign vehicles in the 1920's to the struggle of development and the political conflict between rival companies and manufacturers American Bantam, Willis and Ford. Production began at the end of 1941 and they didn't look back. They served in North Africa, Europe, the Pacific and in all branches of the many services of Allied nations. This little 4X4 champion was sturdy and simple, but getting to that design wasn't such a easy task. There are 14 variants discussed in the text and others mentioned. It's quite a good reference for the scale modeller as well as an informative read.

Japanese Aviation Society

A good reference source that will appeal to historians and model makers who are looking for a general outline of this iconic vehicle.

MAFVA

Having become an immediate fan of the Tank Craft series, you can imagine my delight in learning of this new series that will feature other vehicles of war. Lance Cole does a stellar job in referencing the invaluable service that this vehicle brought to the allies during the war. Much like the Tank Craft series, it is a proper blend of reference material as well as highlighting some amazing scale models of some very talented builders.

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

The concise text provides a good overview of the development and use of the Jeep during WWII and makes this a very welcome book for both modellers and military enthusiasts. A book of this quality, covering a very popular military subject should
be expected to sell very well.

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Firetrench

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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Armorama

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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