Warpaint, Colours and Markings of British Army Vehicles 1903-2003

B1532

The main target readership may be model builders and engineers, but this book will also be of great interest to anyone who studies vehicles and particularly military vehicles.

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NAME: Warpaint, Colours and Markings
of British Army Vehicles 1903-2003
CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
FILE: R1532
DATE: 270608
AUTHOR: Dick Taylor
PUBLISHER: Mushroom Model Publica-
tions
BINDING: Soft back
PAGES: 104
PRICE: GB£
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: camouflage, British Army
Vehicles, one hundred years, centen-
ary, colours, markings, identifica-
tion
ISBN: 978-83-89450-63-0
IMAGE: B1532.jpg
LINKS: http://tinyurl.com/

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The main target readership may be model builders and engineers, but this book will also be of great interest to anyone who studies vehicles and particularly military vehicles. It will also be of value to anyone who is interested in military history. The author has taken one hundred years of British military vehicles as his theme. This is an arbitrary period because the British Army used a number of powered vehicles before 1903, including armoured trains and road vehicles powered by petrol engines or steam. However, 1903 is as good a point as any to start and better than some in that it was the year when the ASC Motor Company was formed. The British Army has never been a single entity in the way that the Royal Navy was a single command structure from the Admiralty. Instead, the British Army was and still is a collection of military units organized by geographic area of recruitment or by technology and tactics. When the machine gun arrived, it was issued in small numbers until the Maxim presented a significant new weapon, replacing the various earlier types of rapid-fire rifle calibre weapons. At that point, the British Army formed a Machine Gun Corps. In the same way, the creation of more effective army medical facilities resulted in the formation of the Royal Army Medical Corps. This process runs through the semi-autonomous unit structure. New technology is tried out in small quantities by several units. If it offers a major advance, a new Corps or Regiment is formed to take responsibility for it and once well-established, the new formation becomes a Royal Regiment or a Royal Corps. The Army Service Corps developed from a number of supply organizations over several hundred years and by 1903 the Motor Company of the ASC was formed in recognition of the growing importance of motor vehicles to the movement of supplies, equipment, weapons and men. The rapid development of motor vehicles was then to see new types adopted across the units that make up the British Army, being issued as essential equipment. The introduction of the tank during WWI led to the creation of the Tank Regiment, but the development of armoured fighting vehicles resulted in new versions being issued to cavalry and artillery units and eventually to infantry regiments and combined force units. The author has followed the history of motor vehicles over the hundred years from 1903 and provided concise and effective text, supported by an excellent selection of photographs and drawings in illustration, where available photographs and artwork permit, full colour has been used throughout. To the rear of the book, there are a number of tables with an explanatory introduction to their use. These tables provide a detailed explanation of vehicle markings in a compact number of pages. The overall result is very effective and this book will be an important source document for history and model construction. For military vehicle modellers, this book will be indispensable.

Canal and River Cruising, 2nd edition

B1531

The first edition was published in 1990 by fernhurst. This is the second edition which first appeared in 1998 from fernhurst and has been reprinted in 2008 by Wiley Nautical who acquired fernhurst. It has proved a very popular guide to British inland waters and serves as the Inland Waterways Association Manual.

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Tars, softback edition

B1527

When a publisher launches a softback edition of a hardback title within a year or less of the hardback appearing, it generally means that the hardback sold very quickly and the reviewer hopes that this is the case because the author did a very good job with the hardback. The softback standard is also high. The publisher is to be commended for including crisp mono illustration throughout the text and adding two sections of colour plates when there is always a temptation to cut costs in a softback edition. The author has already written on the Napoleonic Wars, a period of naval history that has been heavily covered in fiction and in history. In this book he covers the period of the 7 Years War between France and Britain. This period has received very little coverage even though it was the first global conflict and marked the point when Britain emerged as the first global super power in history. The Royal Navy was the means of projecting power at will around the world and Britain was so far in advance of rival nations in the exercise of naval power that she was able to crush their navies. Isolated by the Channel from mainland Europe, Britain was protected from invasion and able to chose the time and place of land battles. What makes this book so enjoyable is that it follows the lives and battles of a group of sailors who served on the Dragon and the Monmouth. Uncovered first-person sources have resulted in an account which is both an authoritative historical presentation of events, and an engaging human story that could be a novel in its power to paint pictures in words. The publisher has inserted a number of colour plate sections, reproducing paintings of people and events, and also included a large number of bandw images through the body of the text, using engravings, sketches, charts and maps. In all it is a very worthwhile book that is easy to read but hard to put down,

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The Sailor’s Book of the Weather

B1522

In 1995 the author became a TV weatherman and is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society. He has used his considerable experience to produce a very readable book that explains the way in which the weather develops and changes, and provides the information to read weather patterns and cloud conditions.

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