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Tankograd Gazette

US Army Heavy Wreckers of World War II



Tankograd Publishing

Tankograd's Special on the Ward LaFrance Wrecker
and Tankograd Gazette # 12
are both available from Squadron.com


S u m m a r y

Media: Soft cover; A4 Format; 40 pages + covers
Price: Gazette No 12 - USD$10.96 from Squadron.com
Ward LaFrance Special - USD$12.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Packed solid with information (ads on inside covers of Gazette only, no "fillers"); Gazette focuses on WWII and Post-War Soviet and Eastern Bloc vehicles; great coverage of M1/M1A1 wrecker in "US Army Heavy Wreckers" book; good mix of contemporary photos, museum photos, technical drawings and text; helpful captions; all text in English.
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Brett Green


F i r s t   L o o k


Tankograd Publishing specialise in titles mainly relating to Soviet and Eastern Bloc WWII and post-war vehicles. Each of the publications being reviewed are soft covered, A4 centre-stapled format, with high quality glossy paper and plenty of colour pictures.

Each book is packed with detail, mainly in the form of captioned photographs. There is a good mix of photos of vehicles in service and in museums, as well as relevant technical drawings. The text is all in English.

The Tankograd Gazette is a regular quarterly publication. The review sample is Issue No. 12, April 2001. Contents comprise:

  • The KV-2 during Operation Barbarossa (great wartime shots of abandoned vehicles, plus colour museum detail photos).
  • The BMP-2 in SFOR Service (a short colour feature)
  • Czech Halftracks 1945-1970 (from the Sd.Kfz. 251D to the Tatra OT-810 APC)
  • T-34 Cooling System Maintenance (Part Four of a regular series)
  • The BA-10/BA-10M Armoured Car (another useful reference pice with wartime and museum photos)
  • Soviet Superheavy Nuclear Artillery
  • Beltring War and Peace Show 2001 (a one page summary)
  • 1L22-1 PAROL IFF System (museum reference photos)
  • The T-28 in Wehrmacht Service

The other publication, "US Army Heavy Wreckers of World War II",  is No. 1001 in a new Military Vehicle Series. The Ward LaFrance and Kenworth M1/M1A1 family of wreckers is well covered in captioned photos and drawings.

This will be essential reading for anyone contemplating building the Accurate Armour Ward LaFrance wrecker in 1/35 scale.

Both Recommended.

Tankgrad Publications are available from the publisher by contacting the editor by email

Thanks to Jochen Vollert from Tankograd for the review sample.

Review Copyright 2001 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 28 June, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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