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