Prolific author David Doyle is back with another of his in depth, photographic examinations of a military vehicle subject, in this case the successors to the famed “Dragon Wagons” of World War II.
The books in the “In Action” series from Squadron Signal Publications are generally done to a standard format, and limited to 80 pages in total. Typically, these slim volumes are absolutely packed with high quality photos and much solid information, and they are usually a good value.
Format - softbound, landscape format
Page count - 80
Size - 8.5" x 11.0"
Photos - 200+ throughout, varied sizes. A handful in B/W, all the rest in Color
Tables / Drawings / Diagrams - some tables of technical specifications, performance and general data
All text and photo captions are in English
What’s between the Covers?
This volume opens with a short, concise Introduction which discusses the need for these heavy equipment transporters, and their employment. The book then methodically covers the following equipment in detail, complete with several paragraphs on the development and production of the equipment and numerous pages of photographs of the equipment;
The M911 Commercial Heavy Equipment Transporter
The M747 Semitrailer
The M1070 HET
The M1000 Semitrailer
The M1070F HET ( British Army version )
The M1070A1 HET
The book concludes with 20 pages of worldwide photos of the Heavy Equipment Transporters in service.
Above - the opening page for many of the vehicles contains introductory information on the vehicle, and a data table
Above - a hallmark of books by author David Doyle has always been terrific photographs
A Note on the Photographs - the photographs throughout this volume are well reproduced, well composed, and bright and crisp. The photograph sizes range from quarter-page size all the up to full page ( as seen above ).
Above - the equipment examined in this volume is covered thoroughly, top to bottom, inside and outside
Above - interiors of these vehicles are not neglected, getting good attention
Above - a terrific image of a HET driver having an epic ( bad ) day. One of a set of several great photos of this incident.
Above - the images selected for the 20 pages of “in service” photographs are a fascinating cross section of various actions and activities located in world-wide locations. Take a look at the lower right image above...now there’s something you just don’t see everyday!
A Note on Text and Photo Captions - the author has a gift for conveying a great deal of information in his text blocks and in his photo captions. This is particularly clear in reading the photo captions, there is always a generous amount of interesting information contained in the author’s captions.
For a relatively small sized volume at 80 pages, this book manages to do justice to the subject matter very well. This volume has quite a lot packed into it. Loads of interesting high quality images, and lots of informative text on these interesting vehicles.
I have found that author David Doyle’s works are quite consistent in terms of quality of the images selected for his books, as well as the excellent quality of his text and photo captions. This volume meets the high standards that you can expect from an author of Mr Doyle’s expertise.
This book is another winner, and a bargain at it’s modest price ( check out www.daviddoylebooks.com, this book is on sale for a terrific price right now).
Thanks to David Doyle Books for the review copy
Reviewed by Chuck Aleshire, AMPS Chicagoland
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