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Osprey - Italian Armoured & Reconnaissance Cars 1911-45

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Saturday, September 15, 2018
Osprey Publishing
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James Spellmire

Italian Armoured & Reconnaissance Cars 1911-45

Osprey Publishing

New Vanguard Series #261

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This is the latest AFV book from Osprey in their New Vanguard series. As the title states, it covers Italian armoured and reconnaissance cars from 1911 through the end of world war II.

Vital Statistics

 Format - softcover, portrait format

 Page Count - medium weight, glossy paper,  48 pages

 Size - 7.5" x 10”

Illustrations - seven color plates

Photos - mostly black and white with a few color photos.  all but tywo pages have at least one photo

Authors:  Filippo Cappellano and Pier Paolo Battistelli

Illustrator: Henry Morshead


What’s in the Book?

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As expected, the majority of the information presented is on the armoured cars from 1940 - 1945.  Only nine pages are devoted to the entire pre World War II era.  This was a bit disappointing to me since I have an interest that is greater than most in the Italian Front campaigns of World War I.  The references that are provided are good and useful to both the historian and modeller.  I just wish there were more.

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The authors give very good and detailed information on the well known AB 41, AB 43 and the Sahariana.  If you have a kit of any of these in the stash, this book is a great reference when you pull it out for a build.   

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After giving a chronological history of Italian armored cars, the authors provide a very good section on camouflage schemes over the years.  The book concludes with a short list of surviving vehicles, including the location of each.  To some (including me), this information is worth the price of the entire book.

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Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders with an interest in this subject and all Italian armor enthusiasts..

Thanks goes out to Osprey Publishing for this review book.

Reviewed by James Spellmire, SoCal AMPS


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