A Visual History of the U.S.Army's Wheeled and Tracked Wreckers 1940-1945
The publishers of MMIR magazine.
120 pages soft cover.
Review by Terry Ashley
The text is kept to a minimum with just a brief 2 page introduction of some of the earlier and makeshift wreckers used leading up to the specialised vehicles covered in the 5 chapters. As with the Allied-Axis series the majority of the photos are one to a page and are large enough to show good details even with semi-close up and overall shots of the vehicles. The walk around close-ups are three or four shots to a page but still large enough to show the details very well.
Most of the photos are period action shots that not only show the vehicle details but also of them working and offer some excellent diorama possibilities with some of the recovery jobs shown as well as giving good coverage of the crew uniforms and stowage. The brief text captions give plenty of info on the vehicle details and photo themes.
The photos are again mostly wartime action shots as well as some pilot model overall shots with all the equipment in textbook position which offers a nice contrast to some of the heavily used vehicles with additional storage as well as the crew gear.
The action shots cover those M32 used in NE Europe as well as the M32B2 of the USMC in the Pacific for good overall details of these vehicles. There are also shots included of the later M32A1B2/3 based on the HVSS chassis with the last 5 pages having a series of close-up shots of the interior of the M32B1 that shows the crew positions as well as internal storage and the large Gar Wood 6M814 winch in the central hull position.
Some of the action shots again offer excellent diorama possibilities as well as showing the crew uniforms and other storage carried on the vehicles as well as varied tasks the M1 was called on to perform.
The final 11 pages are a series of excellent close-up walk around type shots of a preserved vehicle with details of the engine compartment exterior, the driver's cab, chassis as well as superb shots of the winch, boom and associated equipment.
There is a good mix of detailed shots and action shots to also provide diorama potential as well as showing the crew uniforms to good advantage.
Thanks to Ampersand for the review copy.
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