bookDie Fahrzeuge der Sanitätstruppe der Bundeswehr
Vehicles of the Modern German Army Medical Services

Clemens Niesner and Gert Burkett-Opitz

Tankograd Militärfahrzeug Special No 5007.
Soft cover, A4 size, 64 pages

Review by Peter Brown

Supporting services are often overlooked but all are necessary to any armed force. Medical services are perhaps the most vital, the business of the military means that its people are exposed to danger in wartime and even in peacetime while training, so an efficient corps to provide medical attention is vital. In modern armies, that also means vehicles in a wide variety of forms as this book shows.

Following details of how the Bundeswehr’s medical services are organised and operate which, like the photo captions, is in German and English, the bulk of the book is photos of the vehicles it used. The range is very wide indeed, as well as specialised versions of wheeled and tracked APCs and mobile operating theatres, there are also many types based on militarised civilian-model cars, light and medium busses and even trains.

All are shown here, with such a variety coverage is often limited to only a few photos of each but that is understandable. Apart from a few shots, photos are in colour and show both record views and vehicles on exercises and on deployment to various peacekeeping and monitoring forces. With anything from - literally! - a medical bicycle to a search-and-rescue Huey helicopter and including trailers, this should have something for anyone looking for an unusual model subject.

Highly recommended, this series is available from several distributors. For more details contact the publishers Verlag Jochen Vollert on
Thanks to Justin Gainham at Bookworld for the review copy.

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