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The US Army in World War II

by: Rodger Cole [ HALFYANK ]


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Historicus Forma

Most modelers are familiar with the popular Osprey Men at Arms series. They cover a wide range of fighting units throughout history. Personally my only complaint with them is their soft cover format. I prefer hardcover books, when I can get them, because they last longer and seem to me more useful to have close at hand by my modeling desk. Osprey has remedied this shortcoming with the release of three of their Men at Arms series covering the US Army in World War II combined into one hard cover edition.

The three books were originally published as Men-at-Arms #342, US Army in World War II Pacific, #347 Mediterranean, and #350 North-West Europe. They are written by Mark R Henry and illustrated by Mike Chappell.

Each main section of the book, Pacific, Mediterranean, and North-West Europe is broken down into several sub-sections. For example NW Europe has sections on Service Dress, Organisation (British spelling), Artillery, Engineers, Tanks, Tank Destroyers, and a campaign summary. These are further broken down showing various pieces of uniform, weapons, and equipment. Finally the second and third sections have pages showing the divisional shoulder patches of each division that served in those areas.

The book is heavily illustrated with black and white photos, along with 8 color plates in each main section. These plates show three different examples of various soldiers, along with occasional inserts of badges or insignias. It is these plates that are of most interest to modelers as they give good reference to colors. Also included are charts showing the table of organization of the different types of division, infantry, airborne, armor, and battalions.

Besides being very useful for modelers the book has a great deal of information for the armchair historian on the weapons, uniforms, and equipment of the American forces in World War II.

I bought my version as part of a book club and I donít remember the price. The soft cover edition of this book is available from Barnes and Noble for $19.96, compared to nearly $10 for each book individually. If youíre like me and prefer hard cover keep your eyes open for this edition. I highly recommend this book.
SUMMARY
Besides being very useful for modelers the book has a great deal of information for the armchair historian on the weapons, uniforms, and equipment of the American forces in World War II.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: 1841764418
  Suggested Retail: $20 USD
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  PUBLISHED: Dec 31, 2004
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 85.21%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.22%

About Rodger Cole (Halfyank)
FROM: COLORADO, UNITED STATES

American Father, English Mother. Mum was in some British auxiliary, I'm not sure which, and Dad was a truck driver who ended up on a half track towing a 57mm, in the Big Red One. I was a modeler in the early 70s but got out of it. I'm just getting back into modeling after about 25 years. I'm planni...

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