US Military Vehicles Normandy 1944. Pauleian.
During the Battle of Normandy, the US Army used a striking array of different vehicles for various purposes, from motorcycles to tanks. Many of them survived the war to either continue service within different armies or to become the pride of their civilian owners. Several have been preserved, to be offered a new lease of life thanks to enthusiastic collectors who regularly revive them during commemorative events. Others have regrettably been less fortunate - hence this US army depository following the ruthless battles of 1944 (see photo below).
This guide offers you an introduction to the many vehicles used by the Americans during the Battle of Normandy, illustrated by a number of hitherto unpublished photographs, from jeeps to Sherman tanks, not forgetting trucks and other specialised heavy vehicles.
Mark 1V vs A7V. Villers-Bretonneux 1918. Higgins
The German A7V and the British Mark IV were similar in weight, size, and speed, but differed significantly in armour, armament and maneuverability. The A7V had thicker armour, and had nearly double the horsepower per ton. The Mark IV's pair of side-mounted 6 pounder cannons forced the vehicle to present its side arc to an enemy in order to fire one of its main guns. Possessing twice as many machine guns as the Mark IV, the A7V had a frontally mounted 57mm gun that proved capable of defeating the Mark IV's armour. The Mark IV's rhomboid design proved superior in crossing trenches, climbing obstacles and moving over rough terrain. As the first tank-versus-tank engagement in history, the fighting around Villers-Bretonneux showcased the British Mark IV and German A7V designs. Although not purpose-built to combat enemy armour, both vehicles proved the viability of such operations, which during the postwar period led to key advances in suspension, armour, gunsights, ammunition, and command and control. While the British continued to develop their armoured forces, German armour development never materialised, and only in the postwar period did they address the issue.
Pioneers of Australian Armour In the Great War. Finlayson, Cecil,
Pioneers of Australian Armour tells the story of the only Australian mechanised units of the Great War. The 1st Australian Armoured Car Section, later the 1st Australian Light Car Patrol, and the Special Tank Section were among the trailblazers of mechanisation and represented the cutting edge of technology on the Great War battlefield.
The 1st Armoured Car Section was raised in Melbourne in 1916, the brainchild of a group of enthusiasts who financed, designed and then built two armoured cars. Having persuaded the Australian Army of the vehicles’ utility in the desert campaign, the Armoured Car Section, later re-equipped with Model T Fords and retitled the 1st Australian Light Car Patrol, provided valuable service until well after the Armistice.
The First World War also saw the emergence of the tank which, despite unpromising beginnings, was to realise its potential in the crucial 1918 battles of Hamel and Amiens. A British Mark IV tank which toured Australia in 1918 demonstrated the power of this new weapon to an awestruck Australian public.
Much of the story of the armoured cars is told in the voices of the original members of the section and in newspaper articles of the time which highlight the novelty of these vehicles. Painstaking research has produced a remarkable collection of images to accompany the narrative, many never previously published. Biographies of the members of these extraordinary units are also a feature of this book, their stories told from the cradle to the grave. Appendixes provide a wealth of supporting biographical and technical information that enriches the text and adds factual detail.
Panzers of the Wehrmacht. 1933 - 1945. Ludeke
German Panzers continue to exert a tremendous fascination for military historians and military vehicle enthusiasts alike. To the delight of all fans of tank warfare, this Fact File provides valuable reference on vehicles of the German Wehrmacht. During the Second World War the tank became the main weapon of every army. This Fact File edition provides a concise technical history of German WW2 tanks.
Australian Army - 1st Brigade. Arthur
The Australian 1st Division has three brigades, with the 1st Brigade acting as the army's major mechanised formation equipped with M113s, ASLAVs and the new M1A1 AIM Abrams main battle tanks. This publication grants an inside on the unusual motor pool of this unit and its regiments in hitherto unpublished photographs.
ANZAC ARMY VEHICLES: Arthur.
AUSTRALIAN ARMY 1ST BRIGADE: ARMOURED AND UNARMOURED VEHICLES OF THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY'S 1ST BRIGADE.
A pictorial record of vehicles in service today; includes the 8x8 Light Armoured Vehicle, the NZLAV; the M1A1 AIM SA Abrams main battle tank, the M113AS4 armoured personnel carrier, the ASLAV wheeled afv, and the Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle. With 134 colour photographs.
In action photographs and a detailed walkaround of Australia's Protected Mobility Vehicle.
Land Rover Military One-Tonne. Taylor
A fully illustrated history of the Land Rover 101 One-Tonne - the forward-control military vehicle developed as a gun tractor for the British Army, in production from 1975-1978. Including specification guides, production histories and original photography, Land Rover Military One-Tonne is an essential guide to these small yet powerful 4 x 4 vehicles
Design and prototypes - from 6-cylinder to V8 and the abandoned powered-axle trailers
The 101 in British military service between 1975 and 1998, including home and overseas deployments
The 101 variants - ambulances, Rapier tractors, hard-bodied versions for electronic warfare and special field conversions
Sales to overseas military authorities
Advice on buying and owning a 101 today
The Jeep in Detail. Koran, Mostek.
Jeep In Detail: M38A1 & M606A2, The First from the New Military Jeep Generation is billed as a photo manual for modelers, but restorers will find the pictures very helpful. Covers the M38A1 and the M606A2.
Good addition to any collection
Land Rover Series III Specification Guide. Taylor.
With around 400 illustrations, this is the most wide-ranging book yet written on the Series III Land Rovers, and is certain to become the standard reference guide for restorers and enthusiasts.
The complete specification guide to Series III Land Rovers, produced from 1971 to 1985 covers:
Vehicle identification and specification changes
Options on standard models and special equipment
Conversions and Forward Control models
Overseas models and markets
Military and Lightweight models
The Series III Land Rovers enjoyed a long production run of nearly fifteen years, taking over from the Series IIA types in 1971. They overlapped with the new coil-sprung models in their last two years between 1983 and 1985, and were the last leaf-sprung Land Rovers. They stood at a crossroads in the marque's history because, in Stage 1 V8 form from 1979, they embraced the new technology of permanent four-wheel drive, which would become a Land Rover trademark.
Precise production figures are still in doubt, but were close on the half-million mark. That number embraced a huge variety of different specifications, and enthusiasts today often have difficulty in discovering what their vehicles would have been like when they were new. Many Series Ills have been modified in service over the years, which means that there are few completely original vehicles around to use as reference guides.
This book follows its predecessor, Land Rover Series II and IIA Specification Guide, in trying to establish exactly how its subject vehicles would have been when they were new. Compiled over a period of more than thirty years, the book draws on extensive reference material from Land Rover itself, and on the observations and knowledge of an army of enthusiasts. It will function as a comprehensive reference guide to the specifications of the various Series ill Land Rovers, and also to the dozens of options, items of special equipment and major conversions. In addition, it covers military versions of the civilian Series Ills, the military-only Lightweight or Half-Ton model, and the special models built for overseas markets and in overseas countries.
Kampfpanzer Maus. The Porsche Type 205 Super Heavy Tank. Frolich
In 1944 the Maus giant battle tank, weighing almost 190 tons, was supposed to help turn the Wehrmacht’s fortunes of war on the Eastern Front. Just two prototypes of this monster were delivered, for its undeniable advantages—tremendous firepower and virtually impenetrable armor—were outweighed by the disadvantages of its slowness, excessive use of materials in construction, and fuel consumption so high that it was, by that time, far beyond the Germans’ ability to supply. With this volume, Michael Fröhlich continues the legendary Spielberger series and delves into one of the most curious military vehicles produced by Germany—the Maus super-heavy tank. For the first time, this book tells the complete story of this vehicle, including its inner workings, accompanied by many previously unpublished illustrations. But that is not all: the book includes another novelty, the complete operating instructions for the tank’s crew!
German Pioneer Equipment and Vehicles: The Amphibious Vehicles. Roussille.
The fruit of the seven years’ research, this is the first of a series devoted to the vehicles and crossing equipment used by the German pioneers during World War Two, a theme neglected by military specialists until now. This book now fills the gap, tracing the development of amphibious vehicles from the initial hesitations in the thirties to the secret projects at the end of the war which remained on the drawing board.
Illustrated with thirty or so colour profiles and more than 200 black and white period photographs, of which a hundred or so are as yet unpublished, this book is the new reference for as yet relatively unstudied subjects such as:
- The Trippelwagen amphibious cars and how they evolved.
- The Land-Wasser-Schleppers in all its forms
- The L.W.S. II Panzerfähre
- The Skoda LWS III Project
- Amphibious trailers
A historian and model-maker, Rodolphe Roussille has specialised for more than ten years now in engineers’ vehicles and equipment, and in the secret weapons developed by the Allies and the Axis forces during WWII; he is the author of numerous articles on the subject.
For Want of a Gun. The Sherman Tank Scandal of WW 11. Dejohn.
This remarkable story exposes the Sherman tank scandal of World War II, involving some of the biggest American names and stretching from the White House and Pentagon to factories and battlefronts. Outgunned by more powerful German opponents, the inferiority of American tanks led to some of the worst setbacks of the war, prolonging it in Europe. US tankers ultimately prevailed, but over 60,000 armored division soldiers were killed and wounded; their preventable sacrifice inspired the Hollywood movie Fury. Included are striking images of the Sherman’s adversaries (photographed exclusively at the National Museum of Cavalry and Armour), along with original equipment, documents, period propaganda, and vintage photos of Sherman tanks in action. As a German officer noted, “I was on this hill with six 88 mm antitank guns…Every time they sent a tank, we knocked it out. Finally we ran out of ammunition, and the Americans didn’t run out of tanks.”