What a great start for this new series which will prove very popular with both modellers and military enthusiasts, with its readable text and outstanding images. The JEEP was one of the outstanding vehicles of WWII. – Highly Recommended
NAME: Land Craft 1, The Jeep, Second World War FILE: R2881 AUTHOR: Lance Cole PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Land Craft BINDING: soft back PAGES: 64 PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: World War 2, World War II, WWII, Second World War, Great Patriotic War, Western Front, German Army, Allied Armies, utility vehicles, cross-country vehicles, light transport, armoured vehicles, JEEP, air transportable vehicles
IMAGE: B2881.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y6y5fz9j LINKS: DESCRIPTION: What a great start for this new series which will prove very popular with both modellers and military enthusiasts, with its readable text and outstanding images. The JEEP was one of the outstanding vehicles of WWII. – Highly Recommended The Jeep was introduced into US Army service as a utility vehicle and supplied in enormous quantities to both the US Army and the Allies. It served in all theatres and in a wide range of roles. Its basic role was to provide a small. low cost, cross country vehicle that could be used for communications, reconnaissance and command duties. It was highly reliable and ubiquitous. Beyond the primary roles, the Jeep proved capable of transportation by air and was the only vehicle that Allied airborne troops could expect to have available in the field. It provided a means of moving paratroops and glider troops rapidly from the drop and landing zones to the targets. The British did also use the Locus tank in small numbers, but the Jeep and trailer were the only transport to be widely used for airborne operations. There was an armoured version of the Jeep and a bazooka version carrying anti-tank bazooka rocket launchers. The larger scale specialist use of the Jeep was by British Special Forces and the SAS made it their primary fighting vehicle, adding two twin Vickers K machine gun mounts and a single mount for the driver. The British LRDG units mounted air-cooled Vickers K machine guns on their Jeeps but they also favoured a water-cooled Vickers Maxim for sustained fire in North Africa where they undertook deep penetration raids on the Germans. On British and US Army Jeeps Browning air-cooled .30 and .50 machine guns were often used on a single mount. Jeeps became common field ambulances, hauled ammunition and supplies, and provided a General Purpose vehicle on the battlefield and in rear areas and bases away from the battle grounds Naturally, the Jeep has proved a popular subject for model kit manufacturers. This new book carries exceptional illustration in the form of photographs and coloured drawings. WWII photographs are B&W but full colour photographs of example models are also used. For model kits, 1:35 scale has proved popular and a number of manufacturers have produced accurate detailed models in this scale. Considering the small size of the Willy's MB Jeep it has also been modelled very effectively in 1:72 scale by Airfix and produced in a number of versions. As with the other Craft series books, the coverage of the modelling aspects has been done very well. The concise text provides a good overview of the development and use of the Jeep during WWII and makes this a very welcome book for both modellers and military enthusiasts. A book of this quality, covering a very popular military subject should be expected to sell very well.