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Complete Book of Police and Military Motorcycles [Paperback]

Joseph Berk
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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press,U.S. (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581601409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581601404
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.1 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,232,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Pittsburgh's adoption of motorcycles for police use in 1909 to Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing's 1916 pursuit of Pancho Villa into Mexican territory on Harley-Davidsons, Indians and Excelsiors to the deployment of motorcycles in both world wars, this book tells the fascinating tale of these magnificent machines from their 20th century beginnings to their current use by police departments and militaries throughout the world. Joseph Berk, author of The Gatling Gun, explores every aspect of police and military motorcycles, including the history of their manufacture by Harley-Davidson, Indian, Kawasaki, BMW, Honda and others; details of their procurement by selected U.S. police departments; critiques of the "Big Three" police models employed in the United States from officers who have put them to the test; a detailed outline of the intensive 10-day training program required of U.S. motor officers; an inside look at how specific police departments from Atlanta to L.A. utilize motorcycles on a day-to-day basis; and a look at the specific makes and models used by Special Forces and other military units from World War I through the turn of the century and beyond.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Complete Book of Police & Military Motorcycles 22 Mar 2008
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It would seem that only Germany and America produced motorcycles during world war 2. The Japanese did not use a lot, but Italy, Britain and Russia amongst others certainly did. The book should have been titled The Book of American Police and Military Motorcycles with a Nod Towards Germany. It has some useful information, but deals mainly with US cops and a bit about the Military. There are much better and more intresting books out there. A useful doorstop.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book purchase 23 Aug 2007
By L. TURNER - Published on Amazon.com
A very nice book on my specialised subject. Good photos, many in closeup.It covered the subject in some depth with some facts previously unknown to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on Police and Military Motorcycles Ever 22 Feb 2005
By Jill Starbuck - Published on Amazon.com
This book is an easy-to-read, comprehensive analysis of police and military motorcycles. The author's research took him around the world, and the coverage in the book is the better for it. A must-read for anyone interested in motorcycles.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate 27 May 2004
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I found this book to be full of inaccurate statements and misinformation. Right at the start the NJ State Police "era" is incorrect. Bigtwin H-D fatbob tanks were never used for oil and then gasoline as stated. They were always used for gasoline. Only the 45 utilised one fatbob for oil and the other for fuel. This is just two examples.
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