Published in 2009, "Jungle Armour-British and Indian Army Shermans in the Far East, Colour and Marking Series" by Dennis Oliver, published by The Factory Publishing is a small look into the use of the Sherman during the Burma and Far Eastern campaigns against the Japanese during latter stages of World War II. As everyone knows the Sherman tank was one of the most widely used and produced tanks of World War II. However, in the Far East campaign the Sherman's use was limited by the terrain and weather in rooting out the Japanese from the Far East region.
This semi-gloss, 32 page reference book covers the colors and markings on Shermans used by the British and Indian Armies in the Far East. It should be noted that the Far East campaign was the longest campaign fought by the British during the war.
The following is a breakdown, without trying to ruin it for everyone, of the book.
The first page is the Authors' Notes. Here the author points out to those readers familiar with his earlier works that some items have been updated due new evidence being uncovered and included in this book.
Pages 2 and 3 include the introduction followed by a brief history of the formation of the Indian Army, it's character and composition.
Pages 4-12 deal with the tanks used by both the British and Indian Armoured Brigades, the types of Shermans employed, local modification to the stowage areas and external gun sight, WD numbers, etc.
Pages 13-20 are the color illustration portion of the book showing the tactical and unit markings used.
Pages 21-32 deal with the aerial recognition markings, vehicle names, regimental units of both British and Indian involved in the Far East campaign.
Finally the book ends with an Appendix section, bibliography, and other tid bits concerning terms used throughout the book.
This book would make an excellent addition to anyone's Sherman reference collection and has some interesting content. There are some interesting photos and studies of Shermans contained in this book that would help anyone who has an interest in this region. This reference book is one of those reads where the reader will have to come to their own conclusion on the information presented to them by the author.
"Jungle Armour, British and Indian Shermans in the Far East" touches on a little known and somewhat forgotten part of World War II and the Shermans used in the region.
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