Since 1963, Paul Handel has studied armoured vehicles
used by Australia and has had many articles published on the subject. In
1970 he joined the CMF and in 1999 was appointed Museum Manager of the RAAC
Memorial and Army Tank Museum. In short, he knows what he is talking about,
bit techically and historically.
From the formation of the first tank
units in 1930, the formation of the training programs and schools, war
service of the various units to the occupation forces in Japan, this book
covers it all.
There is also a technical description of each of the
vehicles uses, with five-view drawings of the more common wartime tanks.
Individual unit histories with war service (including casualties and awards
where known) add further depth to the text.
Personal histories of some of
the more prominent personalities involved, medical reports on tank crews in
the tropics, and a report on the trials of various tank types concerning
their suitability to operate in jungle warfare conditions.
There is even a
piece on camouflage and markings for modellers!
In summary, this is a very
comprehensive work on Australian armour of the period that is very well
written and easy to read.