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on 26 April 2017
Fantastic reference book, and a very fast delivery!
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on 12 July 2010
The strength and weakness of the Osprey series is that is uses different authors to cover each subject (sometimes more then one author/book to the same subject).

Without reservation Hillary Doyle and Steven Zaloga are probably the best on historic armour.

Brian Perret's work on the other hand is rather fussy. Actual details are lacking and difficult to discover.

The worse point is that you can find most of the contents of this book in the chapters of Perret's "Knights of the Black Cross" and "History of Blitzkrieg" (even these two books cover the exact same material in different level of detail - so I blame the state of the content on the author not the subject). True it adds some photographs and a little more detail on the organisation, but the colour plates are rather sub-standard.

If you don't have the aforementioned books from Perret then the book makes a nice primer, but not great. If you do Have "Knights of the Black Cross" I would serious consider if this book is worth getting.
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on 23 June 2015
If you once purchased and still own the original Osprey Vanguard title for goodness sake do NOT - as I foolishly did - spend money on this in the belief that it would be a re-vamped and improved version of the original. With the exception of an added diagram of the Sdkfz 234/4 and a minor re-jigging of the coloured illustrations this is the same book.
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on 26 November 2016
Another informative and interesting Osprey WWII AFV book, Well illustrated with black and white photographs, and colour illustrations and cut-away drawings. Ideal for someone new to this subject.
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on 25 January 2017
A very informative reference volume. Useful for tinkering with "off the shelf" models to produce some of the less reproduced versions and to personalise vehicles for dioramas etc.
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on 10 April 2015
Great overview of the reasoning behind and practical need for the evolution of reconnaissance vehicles. The photos and illustrations are invaluable for modelers.
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on 7 January 2017
Sadly not up to modern Osprey standards
Child like poorly detailed plates
The illustrator makes or breaks these volumes.
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on 31 May 2015
Very little on the sdkf.fz 234 armoured car mostly 250/251halftrack. Still a good book on reconissense tactics.
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on 8 March 2015
very interesting full of facts and reference.
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on 12 May 2015
another comprehensive book on its topic
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