Land Craft 2, M2/M3 American Half-Tracks of the Second World War

This new series will prove very popular with both modellers and military enthusiasts, with its readable text and outstanding images. This addition to the series offers the story and pictures of the very important M2/M3 half-track vehicles. – Highly Recommended

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NAME: Land Craft 2, M2/M3 American Half-Tracks of the Second World War
FILE: R2880
AUTHOR: Robert Jackson
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, armoured vehicles, logistics, 
transport, self-propelled guns, Gun Motor Carriage

ISBN: 1-52674-655-7

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DESCRIPTION: This new series will prove very popular with both modellers 
and military enthusiasts, with its readable text and outstanding images. This 
addition to the series offers the story and pictures of the very important 
M2/M3 half-track vehicles. – Highly Recommended

Most armies made use of half-tracked vehicles in WWII but the main producers 
were Germany and the US. The US then supplied large numbers to their Allies, 
including the Soviets who welded fake Soviet manufacturing plates over the US 
plates to avoid admitting to their troops how dependent they were on the supplies 
shipped to Russia by the Arctic convoys and overland to Southern USSR. It was 
cheaper and quicker to produce half-tracks than fully tracked vehicles. The M2/M3 
half-tracks were good examples of an armoured vehicle being used for a very wide 
variety of roles, including artillery and tank killing, anti-aircraft artillery, mortar 
carriers, rocket launchers, infantry carriers, tractor vehicles, ambulances, and 
general logistics movement.

The concise text provides a very good history of the development of the M2/M3 
from the initial expectation of it being a gun tractor. There is equally good coverage
 of the many variants and some excellent images. Modellers have been very well-
served by kit manufacturers and the coverage of these kits is comprehensive with 
first class illustration and including a very impressive 1:16 scale model. 

Everything that a modeller of military enthusiast needs to know about the M2/M3 
will be found in this book. For kit manufacturers the M2/M3 half-tracks have 
always been popular subjects with an excellent model from sixty years ago 
comparing well with the models of today, although early model kits often suffered 
from loose adherence to accurate scales, with 'box scale' being very common. In this 
approach to production, the manufacturer adopted a standard size box for groups of 
models that might mean one model was 1:48 scale and another in the series was 1:52 
as they were designed to the dimensions of the box. Sixty years ago, when many 
modellers were young and plastic model kits a novelty, that maybe did not matter so 
much. Today, modellers are fiercely critical of even small inaccuracies and this has 
fuelled the growth of specialist component manufacturers who offer very accurate 
parts to address an deficiencies in particular kits or to offer parts to build an accurate 
variant of the variant produced by one  of the main kit manufacturers.