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
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
IMAGE: B2880.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y3l7svd2 LINKS: 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.