Reviewed by Ken Bowes
M3 Lee/Grant Medium Tank 1941-45 will be available online from Squadron.com
The timing of this book on the Lee/Grant
series of tanks couldn't have come at a better time with Mirage Hobbies of
Poland having just released their 1/72 scale models of the same vehicles.
I haven't read any of Steve Zaloga's books before but I believe he has authored
quite a few so it comes as no surprise to find that it's a very easy read
indeed. I do know of him as an extremely good modeller so it also come as no
surprise that he would not get bogged down in technicalities as is so often the
case with this kind of book.
Beginning with an introduction, he then takes us through the production of the
M2 medium tank and on to the development of the M3. This is then followed with a
detailed description of the various marks complete with tables to show how many
of each was built, when and by who. In this section there's even two photos of
the very rare M3A2. Not bad considering there were only twelve built.
We then get into the combat history, initially with the British in North Africa
and then in a separate chapter, the U.S. Army. That's followed by another on the
Russian use at places like Kursk and then we move on to the M3's combat history
in Burma and it's use in Australia and the Americas. Finally, Steve tells us of
all the conversions made to it after being replaced by the M4 as a front-line
Gun Tank such as Tank Recovery Vehicles, Canal Defence Light Tanks and
Flamethrower Tanks just to name a few.
The colour artwork is excellent and there are two particular prints, a Russian
M3 and a Canal Defence Light Tank that I would have sworn were colour photos.
There are six profiles, two U.S. Lees, two British Grants and two Lees used in
the Burma campagn and a cut-away with descriptions of the various items seen.
This brings me to my only criticism, I would have liked a lot more side profiles
of other variants and colour schemes.
Having read this book, you will not become an expert on Lee/Grants but you will
have a well rounded knowledge of the subject.
|M3 Lee/Grant Medium Tank
(Osprey New Vanguard 113)
Author: Steven J Zaloga
Illustrator: Hugh Johnson
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: August 10, 2005
Details: 48 pages; ISBN: 1-84176-889-8
Review Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
Page Created 25 August, 2005
Last updated 24 August, 2005
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