Land Craft 1, The Jeep, Second World War

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

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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

ISBN: 1-52674-6514

IMAGE: B2881.jpg
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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.