Reviewed by Brett Green
Landing Craft in action is available online from Squadron.com
General Dwight D. Eisenhower described the LCVP landing craft as the most
important war-fighting tool of WWII. With more than 20,000 landing craft of
various design produced by the Higgins Boat Company alone, and with a crucial
role to play on all fronts that US forces operated, this was not an
Squadron/Signal's book, "WWII US Landing Craft in action", is an interesting
introduction to the subject. In common with other books in the "in action"
series, this title comprises 50 pages plus soft covers in landscape format. The
attractive colour plates on the covers, plus the six colour profiles inside, are
by Don Greer. Additional line drawings provide details to distinguish the
various types of landing craft and scrap views of important details.
The backbone of the book, though, is more than 100 photographs of all types
of landing craft in action globally during the Second Worlds War. The complex
logistics of operating and landing these vessels is well conveyed in the many
images of cluttered beachheads.
Camouflage and markings of landing craft was quite varied and, in the case of
some Pacific examples, quite wild. The schemes are described in captions and
some of the more interesting examples are illustrated in colour.
The entire range of WWII US Landing Craft are covered, from the small LCP, to
the unimposing but stratgeically critical LCVP, through to the larger LCM, LCT,
LCS, LCI, LSM and the huge LST - the Landing Ship Tank dubbed by its crews
"Large Slow Target" for obvious reasons. Some of the most spectacular photos in
the book show LCTs lashed to the decks of LSTs.
"WWII US Landing Craft in action" is a handy introduction to the subject. The
colour profiles provide inspiration for the modeller, and the photos highlight
plenty of detail. At less than USD$9.00 it is also typical of the good value of
Squadron's "in action" series.
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