Review by Peter Brown
Despite their drawbacks they were used for many purposes, from basic troop carriers to radio and telephone vehicles, ammunition carriers for assault gun units, artillery observation vehicles, mortar carriers and even versions armed with anti-tank and close support cannons. There were also two related fully enclosed versions though these soon replaced with modified 250 halftracks. All these versions are described using photos from original wartime manuals along with in-action shots, as is the development of the basic vehicle from the various soft-skin halftracks. Modellers will fine the shots of the engine, gearbox, front axle without wheel, disassembled suspension and track and even the full tool kit gives them plenty of scope for adding detail to a model. There are a few colour photos of restored vehicles as well, though few details are given of their use.
While this is generally a good account, some photos are printed too large and appear grainy as well as having some interesting parts lost in the spine of the book. The same comments apply to the four side views by Hilary Doyle, these are so enlarged that the lines have become fuzzy and sections are lost in the binding. Colour schemes are only briefly described, though there are several pages showing divisional markings in colour and tactical markings in black and white.
Overall, despite some reservations, this could be a good choice as a one-stop book for modellers and enthusiasts.
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