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Military Briefs 3

Australian Centurions in Vietnam

by Shane Lovell


Mouse House Enterprises


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Military Briefs 3 - Australian Centurions in Vietnam by Shane Lovell. Line drawings by Chris Evenden. Colour artwork by Barry Crook.
ISBN: 0-9577586-2-6
Media: Soft cover; A4 format; 76 pages plus covers
Price: AUD$36.95 (approx USD$22) from the Publisher
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Great coverage of the Australian Centurion Mk.5/1 (Aust) and Centurion ARV in Vietnam; colour photos; more than 100 photos in total
Disadvantages: High contrast and/or dotscreen effect impairs detail on some photos.
Recommendation: Recommended.


Reviewed by Brett Green

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Military Briefs 3 - Australian Centurions in Vietnam is a new soft-cover book with 76 pages in A4 portrait format.

The title is is an accurate description for the contents. Author Shane Lovell thoroughly covers Australian Centurion gun tanks , tank dozers, bridge layers and recovery vehicles in Vietnam, starting with a description of the Australian Centurion fleet, moving through the unique attributes and upgrades to these vehicles, deployment to South Vietnam, field modifications, colours and markings, a census of tanks, summary of operational damage and Tank Squadron Organisation.

The text is interspersed with around 106 photos, including four colour pages which give a good impression of the colour of the tanks and the red dust.

In addition to many operational photos, the concluding section of the book includes walkaround photos from museum Centurions and diagrams from the Centurion manual.

All the images are helpfully captioned.

Barry Crook's colour artwork will be welcomed by modellers, as will the 1/35 scale drawings by Chris Evenden of unique Australian Centurion fittings.

The only negative comment is that some of the photos are high in contrast and/or have visible dot screen pattern which detract from the detail of the images.

This is a great, compact package of information and images for any amateur historian or modeller interested in Australian armour in general, or the Centurion tank in particular.



Military Briefs series is available from Mouse House Enterprises website.

Thanks to John from Mouse House for the review sample.

Review Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 30 March, 2003
Last updated 24 August, 2003

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