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Dust, Sand and Jungle

A History of Australian Armour 1927-1948


by Paul Handel



S u m m a r y

ISBN: 1-76439-75-0
Media: Hard cover; 199 pages; 18cm x 25cm format; 88 B&W photos (many never previously published); 6 armour location maps; 9 diagrams of tanks and badges.
Price: AUD$40.00 from the RAAC Memorial and Army Tank Museum from their website
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Everything you always wanted to know about Aussie armour; people and machines covered; good span from the beginnings to the Japanese Occupation Force
Disadvantages: Not specifically designed for the modeller (but plenty of info for us!)
Recommendation: Recommended for history buffs and modellers..


Reviewed by Glen Porter

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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.



Dust, Sand and Jungle by Paul Handel is available online from the
RAAC Memorial and Army Tank Museum website.

Review Copyright 2003 by Glen Porter
This Page Created on 09 April, 2003
Last updated 24 August, 2003

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