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The American Arsenal: The World War II Official Standard Ordnance Catalogue of Artillery, Small Arms, Tanks, Armoured Cars, Artillery, Antiaircraft ... and Mines (Greenhill Military Paperback) [Hardcover]

Ian V. Hogg

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17 Jan 2014 Greenhill Military Paperback
During WWII, various U.S. military agencies produced catalogues of equipment to fill the gaps left by the official War Department manuals, which led to inconsistent data appearing in different sources. In order to standardize information and properly catalogue all the equipment, the U.S. Ordnance Department put together a master guide, published here as The American Arsenal. All the information was checked and authenticated by reference to Ordnance Committee Minutes and similar authorities. No other single source provides so much accurate and authentic detail on U.S. weapons, ammunition, vehicles and other combat equipment, with an authoritative explanation of their development and introduction processes. Profusely illustrated with over 900 photographs and drawings, the facts and figures are set in context in the introduction by weapons expert Ian V. Hogg. This is an invaluable reference work for those interested in the military equipment of WWII.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed that it didn't come with the Ammunition Identification Codes ... 10 July 2014
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The catalog is interesting in that it shows all of the items used in the latter stages of WW2 that were available through the Ordnance Corps. It just lists them, usually with a picture to go along with them. There are also brief statistics (weight, magazine capacity, et cetera) about each item rather than the in-depth JANE's style listings Hogg is famous for, but the book was designed to be a reproduction of the original catalog.

I was disappointed that it didn't come with the Ammunition Identification Codes (AICs) and more in-depth packaging details (content, weight, and/or cubic feet displacement for ammo crates). Perhaps they could make one of those next?

It it is still an excellent general resource about Ordnance items from vehicles to ammunition. I consider it a must-have item for re-enactors, modellers, and WW2 war- and role-play gamers.
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