on 6 May 2010
I like this book, but as I have similar books from this publisher I knew pretty much what to expect, but even so I wasn't fully prepared on just how light on information it is.
The book comprises of hundreds of colour side-on drawings of the vehicles (bigger versions of what you can see on the front cover). The majority of pages are set out with five such drawings per double page. Each colour plate is accompanied with a minimal one or two sentances of description and a 'Top Trumps' like table of specifications (Country, crew, weight, speed, range etc.)
Some of the more famous vehicles are given a bigger treatment, getting a double page to themselves. But even so, this is taken up by a large coloured drawing, usually a 3-D view with some anotations. It also has the minimal description and the 'Top Trumps' table.
There are no photos and because the majority of the vehicles are presented side on, there is no view of what they would look like from the front, back or from above.
Neither is there any narative describing the development of tanks, the theatres which they operated in, comparisions with opposition etc.
But the book is very colourful and the coverage is very extensive. Particularly useful if you are a modeller as the colour schemes are well depicted as are different variants of the same tank.
If you buy knowing this I think you will be very happy with this book. But if you buy expecting to learn about the development of tanks, how and where they were used, how they fared in combat then you will be disappointed.
on 8 September 2010
I like reference books with profile drawings, and this book makes an ambitious attempt to cover military vehicles, from tanks to trucks, from World War One to the modern age. It makes a fairly good go of it, almost all armoured vehicles are covered. There are too many trucks and other soft skinned vehicles to cover, but it includes most of the notable ones. There are a few mistakes though. It describes the Swiss Pz61 & Pz68 tanks as German, not Swiss. It includes the Spartan light APC with Milan missile system in the anti-aircraft section, when it is an anti-tank missile system. The CV90 mechanized infantry combat vehicle is missing and no mention that the Khalid version of the Chieftain tank did not serve with the UK but with Jordan. A perfectionist might find some of these mistakes annoying. But as a very basic (info on each vehicle is short) reference guide to a huge range of 20th century military vehicles, its not a bad book. It is a book to thumb through, not for detail. And no photos, all drawings.
on 8 September 2011
Big book, nice artwork, but not enough detail. Very nice coloured artwork throughout, some with a double page spread, brings to life military vehicles throughout the ages, some minor and unique types are shown. However it's lacking so much detailed information about the vehicles with just basic powerplant, country of origin, speed, armament etc. Far too many mistakes are made in either the information of the vehicle or with some not having the correct information part next to the picture. Someone really should have proof read it before publishing. Good if you like pictures or are modelling, but not if you think this is an encyclopedia thats going to give you a lot of information on military vehicles.