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Uniforms of World War II Hardcover – 1 Sep 1998


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Born in the great county of Lincolnshire and educated at the King's School in Grantham (where Sir Isaac Newton was also educated, though not at the same time!), I began writing over 20 years ago. You can find out all about me and my books by taking a look at my website;

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A fantastic guide for the military uniform aficionado! 1 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've recently started collecting 12" military figures and wanted to make my own uniforms. This is a GREAT reference guide. It doesn't bog you down with too much information and the paintings/drawings are very well done. The book provides over 250 full-color uniforms of the personnel who served in all branches of the armed forces of 30 countries in WWII. You would probably have to buy ten or more books and spend a lot of $$$ to get the reference material that this one book offers! Thanks Mr. Darman! "BZ"...Well done!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A good pictorial reference 9 Aug. 2002
By ignorance is bliss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The scope of this book is impressive. There are very few uniforms of major or minor combatants that are not shown. The details are skimpy, but then, it's "Uniforms of WW2". The illustrations seemed to be copied from photographs and then beautifully colored. The visual impact of this title almost wants me to give it 5 stars. But there is an omission that I cannot ignore. Even though some obscure subjects are pictured, there's no Japanese pilot from either service! Neither is a Japanese tanker pictured. Ok, ok, no big deal you say. But, there are pilots shown for the Czech and Danish Air Forces! There are also a few weapons misidentified. It is an excellent value for the money. It's not an in depth study, or long on history. As it says on the cover, it's...."Uniforms of World War II".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Nice one to have, but 18 July 2012
By Schubertfan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The good -- This is a large, well-bound volume with hundreds of beautiful color plates in the "painted/quasi-photo" style used by Mollo in Blandford Series (if that helps). 1 or 2 of the figures are anatomically wierd; human beings aren't shaped like that. But that's only 1 or 2 figures. The text accompanying the plates usually tries to provide bits of additional background information such as why the uniform was developed, etc., going beyond a mere "here's what's in the illustration" commentary. (Ospreys are particularly irritating that way; one doesn't need text accompanying a plate that tells you the figure is wearing standard-issue tunic with five buttons). Each illustration is accompanied by a box giving the nation, branch, theater, and location for the illustration, which is a nice touch that helps put the plate in context without cluttering the uniform commentary. The author also made an unusual effort to include Commonwealth troops (Australians, New Zealanders, Indian Army, etc.). The Italians and the French (Vichy and Free) are better represented here than in similar compendia.

The bad -- Many of the illustrations are repeated from Mollo's The Armed Forces of World War II. Japan is almost absent from the book. The Imperial Japanese Army, which fought in jungles, deserts and arctic conditions, is represented by a single plate showing an infantryman marching in a T-shirt. Japan is given 6 pages; Belgium receives 3 pages, and Norway 3 pages. It's difficult to understand why the author thought Belgium and Norway are equally-significant belligerents to Japan, but apparently he did. There is no table of contents, but this failing is compensated by an index and nation headings at the top of each page.

I'm mostly interested in PTO/CBI theater of the war. I could indulge in hyperventilating about the relative absence of Japan being "unforgiveable" blah blah. I understand that putting together a book like this is a large undertaking; decisions have to be made; and anyone looking for information about Japanese uniforms is alrady used to the habitual neglect of Japan by "encyclopedic" works. (Or even specialized works, of which there are only a handful on Japan, and some of them are only printed in Japanese).

I'm not particularly satisfied with the book, since many of its illustrations are just reprints. But if you don't have or don't want to buy Mollo's work, this would be an acceptable addition to your library.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Uniforms of World War II 22 July 2013
By Den-po - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
An Excellent quality book. Very interesting and informative. A good reference guide. Highly recommended to anybody interested in World War II or Military uniforms.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
my review for "Uniforms of World War 2" 27 Dec. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I just recieved this book as a Christmas gift, and I bevievd it was a good overall book, but the author could have given more details on the equipment that went with the uniforms. I liked it, though!
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