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"German Camouflage and Insignia"

Armada No. 6

 

S u m m a r y
Publisher: Armada
Contents and Media: 48 pages, soft cover
Price: Aus$14.95 via NKR Models
Review Type: Book Review
Advantages: Great quality, newly published photos; English-language captions.
Disadvantages: Main text in Russian only
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Ian Sadler

 

F i r s t L o o k

 

With 48 pages of black and white photomontage, the book has over 122 high quality photographs usually two or three to a page. The inside covers have colour illustrations of examples taken from the book. The main text is in Russian with the comments alongside the photographs are bilingual. See comment at end on this review.

This book contains a wealth of new information about the German practices of camouflaging tanks and B vehicles. As more and more information from this publisher becomes available, the rules of standardisation seem to be largely ignored. Photographic evidence shows that it was mainly down to the whim or abilities of the painter as to how he interpreted the way it should or should not be painted. Picaso would have been proud of some of the results.

To pick out one photograph to illustrate this the markings on a Panther G do not follow the usual rules of three numbers but has AJ9 in what looks like red outlined in white, page 38, photo 106.

The vast majority of the photographs have never been published before and those that have, usually in the past have been poorly printed or misidentified. It contains a great many surprises and the German experts are going to be surprised yet again.

Once more the authors and publishers are to be congratulated on bringing us loads of new and interesting reference material.

 

 

Conclusion

 

If German Tanks are your thing, miss this book and you will miss out on many hours of enjoyment and reference material. Get one while you can as they are only published in a Limited Number run, usually of 3000 copies world-wide.

I have only two adverse comments to make. Several of the photographs could have been better served if printed in a larger size; to pick out two, numbers 68 and 106.

If the publishers would only publish in the International Language of model makers " English", they I know would sell many more copies.

Comments on Price: I obtained my copy from NKR Models Australia for 14$ Aus, 5-56 plus P & P. About 7-50 in total If I had bought it here in the UK I would have been charged at least 12-95 plus P& P roughly 15-45. I know whom I will be dealing with for my books in future. 

Ian Sadler


Review Copyright 2000 by Ian Sadler
Page Created 22 March, 2000
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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