A welcome addition to the very popular Land Craft Series. Aimed at model makers, this series has become popular with a much wider readership, due to the excellent text describing the subject vehicle and its deployment, including unit structures. – Very Highly Recommended
NAME: M113, American Armoured Personnel Carrier, Land Craft 5 FILE: R3323 AUTHOR: Ben Skipper PUBLISHER: Land Craft, Pen and Sword BINDING: soft back PRICE: £16.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Cold War, Vietnam War, Middle East conflicts, personnel carrier, armoured vehicle, special service versions, tracked vehicle. NBC protection, armament US Army, export success, long service life, evergreen ISBN: 1-52678-977-9 PAGES: 64, extensive illustration in B&W and full colour, including specially commissioned images IMAGE: B3323.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/ynx4muec LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A welcome addition to the very popular Land Craft Series. Aimed at model makers, this series has become popular with a much wider readership, due to the excellent text describing the subject vehicle and its deployment, including unit structures. – Very Highly Recommended
The M113 has been produced in vast quantities, some 80,000 vehicles, since its introduction in 1960. Constructed from aluminium, the M133 is basically a simple box and its detractors will point out that it has a high profile, making concealment much more difficult, and the slab sides, lacking the benefits of sloping armour. However, it was a much needed personnel carrier for the modern battlefield and it went through a considerable process of adaptation for specific roles. This variety of adaptations is particularly well-illustrated in this new book.
As with other volumes in the Land Craft Series, this new volume features extensive illustration, mostly in full colour and commissioned specifically for the series. There are many excellent full colour side view drawings, depicting a range of camouflage patterns and equipment states. There are also colour photographs of completed models and available enhancement kits. This provides a great deal of information that will enable a model maker to complete an exhibition grade model, either for static exhibition on its own, or on a diorama. It will also provide the detail for those completing working models under remote radio control, for which pinned-link tracks are necessary.
What has made this series so popular to a wider readership is the quality of the text. There is detailed historical text that covers the vehicle in general and specifically in the model, campaign and period of the subject. This includes organization details for the units operating the subject. The publisher has been commissioning multiple volumes for most subjects, and this volume’s subject is no exception, that together build into a formidable library of information for military history and technology enthusiasts to add to traditional military history books, filling detail gaps that otherwise exist.