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Vehicle Art of World War Two (Hardback)

Military WWII

By John Norris
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 179
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781473834187
Published: 6th January 2017



Rare & Unseen Vehicle Art of WWII

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The ‘nose art’ that decorated WW2 aircraft has received considerable attention but the images and slogans that decorated land vehicles has been less widely appreciated. This visually stunning book displays many fine examples (original or faithfully recreated) of the art that adorned the military vehicles of both Allied and Axis forces. Both official unit markings, such as divisional badges and unit emblems, as well as decidedly less official renderings of pin-up girls and cartoon characters are included. John Norris’s concise but well researched text and extended captions set the artwork in context and explain the development of vehicle art through the course of the war and in the various armies. The result is a visual treat for the casual reader and a valuable reference for reenactors, vehicle restorers, wargamers and modellers.

A detailed study of the subject.

WWII History magazine, December 2017 - reviewed by Christopher Miskimon

Entertainment for the casual reader and a valuable reference for vehicle restorers and modelers alike. All colour photos.

FineScale Modeler magazine, May 2017

After reading the entire book, I came to a realisation that this lovely work by Mr. Norris is not just a simple collection of photographs and images. It is a hallowed testament to the eternal human aspiration to leave a mark of his own in this world before vanishing into the flames of war. It is a book that reminds us that soldiers are not killing machines who mercilessly slew their enemies on the battlefield but human beings with a heart and a soul.

Kunwon Saw, Freelance

This visually stunning book displays many fine examples (original or faithly recreated) of the art that adorned the military vehicles of both Allied and Axis forces...

This book will be very interesting to modelers that are looking for some cool markings to put on their vehicles. It will hold interest for military historians and enthusiasts too.

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AMPS Indianapolis

The title is slightly misleading because this book covers art applied to land, sea, and air vehicles of WWII, but also includes vehicle art in WWI and after WWII. The publisher has produced many books with large photographic content, reproducing in monochrome and
full colour. This book falls into that category. The text flows and is very informative, but the illustration is essential and impressive.

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An interesting topic and one which modellers, military historians, re-enactors and military vehicle restorers will find interesting.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland
 John Norris

About John Norris

John Norris is a freelance military historian who writes regular monthly columns for several specialist titles, ranging from vehicle profiles to re-enactment events. He has written well over a dozen books on various military historical subjects, inlcuding Fix Bayonets! (2014); Mortars of WWII (2015); World War Two Vehicle Art (2016) and Logistics in WWII (2020); all published by Pen & Sword.

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