"Russian Gun Tanks 1940-45 No 4"
Reviewed by Ian Sadler
Published in the new format of portrait A4 and on very high quality glossy paper, this book has 40 pages full of the prototype tanks and early production ones.
It contains 52 high quality black and white photographs and 10 cross sectional drawings of turrets. It also has 4 pages of listings but I am not going to stick my neck out as say exactly what they are. I will wait for someone to translate them.
The rear cover has colour illustrations of the markings on Russian Ammunitions used in the tanks during the war, very useful.
The book takes you in stages as each type developed and shows the early pre-production or production types. Starting with the T30 then T60 and to the T80, it then moves on to the T34, KV1 etc and the mythical T-34 100 mm. The development of the KV 85 and up to the T44 and finally the ISU series tanks.
I particularly like the photographs on the early T44 and T54 plus the IS 3. These have cleared up a lot of misconceptions about the differences between early and production types.
This book has been a long time coming and the wait has been well worth it. It will help all those who like oddball prototypes and will clear up a lot of the previous mistakes made in published material.
I personally cannot wait for a similar book to be published on Tank Destroyers. What new gems of information are there to be revealed?
Go out and buy this book. You will not be disappointed if Russian equipment is your subject. Very highly recommended.
Once again I obtained this book via the Internet at a cost of $10 Aus or £3-50 plus P&P as against published price here of £9-99 plus £2-00 P&P - a net saving of £6-99.
Review Copyright © 1999 by Ian Sadler