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By Jean Restayn, Sally Brown (Translator) & Lawrence Brown (Translator)
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Item description for ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF AFVS OF WWII: TANKS: Volume 1: Tanks by Jean Restayn, Sally Brown & Lawrence Brown...

Ten years ago, Histoire and Collections published a book entitled Tanks of World War Two, which contained hundreds of color profiles and 3/4 views by Jean Restayn. This book was a great success but has been sold out for too long. So the time has come to publish a completely renewed version, with many additions.

In this volume the proper tanks, battle tanks and light tanks, of every nation, which were involved in the various campaigns of WWII, from Poland to Berlin and from Libya to Normandy, from the earliest Panzer I to the latest British Cruiser tank, are represented in full color.

Two additional volumes are scheduled in this Encyclopedia: Volume Two will be devoted to tank destroyers, self-propelled artillery and special purpose AFVs, while Volume Three will include the various types of wheeled armored cars and miscellaneous armored vehicles.


"High quality collection of color plates spanning multiple countries, theaters, and campaigns... this book will come in handy for many modelers.", 03/2008

" incredibly diverse collection that will provide the inspiration for many... well worth having."Internet Modeler, 5/2008

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 9.25" Height: 12.5"
Weight:   2.98 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Histoire and Collections
ISBN  2915239479  
ISBN13  9782915239478  

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It is what It is.  Aug 10, 2008
The Encyclopedia of Tanks of World War II is an excellent book for what it is. In reality this book could be 4 times bigger to fulfill the project as a true encyclopedia of tanks. Most criticize the book for what it isn't rather than what it is.

On the positive side this is a book which gives the left profile of hundreds of tanks from nearly every nation that produced tanks in World War II. It includes many of the major nations like USA, Soviet Union, Germany, Great Britain, Japan. It also has tanks, from many minor countries like Romania, France, Croatia and more.

It shows the left profile of hundreds of tanks with their various camouflage throughout the war. Many of the profiles are of the same tank like Pnather, Tiger and Sherman but showing differnt camouflage schemes.

If you want a book which shows camouflage for hundreds of tanks as a painting guide, this is the book would be very helpful. Winter, desert, Russian front and almost every other major campaign is covered. Dozens of different camouflage patterns are depicted. It covers all the major tanks like Tiger, Panther, Sherman, but also includes numerous lesser known tanks from minor countries.

I highly reccommend this book as a primer of World War II tanks and its camouflage.

What the book is not....

There is very scant information given on each tank. There is basically only about one or two sentences about each tank but it gives almost no statistics in terms of production numbers or capabilities.

Giving only the left side profile of course means that it does not give a front, rear, right profile or an above view either. You of course therefore do not have a full composite of the camouflage or tank details for the entire tank.

I really enjoy the book and feel it is a good investment if you desire to see the camouflage of numerous tanks of World War II I can recommend it highly. There are so many tanks in this book which are very obscure and limited in production it will educate anyone in the various tanks from many nations. If you are looking for in depth information as to production numbers, vital statistics of the vehicles then you would be better to look elsewhere.

If you are a military artist who is looking for painting tanks in various camouflage schemes then I am hard pressed to think of a better all around work.

Great reference guide for wargamers and modellers  Jun 26, 2008
Rivet counting modellers may, or may not find this book useful depending on the depth of detail they're looking for. But any wargamer out there looking for a comprehensive painting guide for their tanks will find this book a "must have".

With a comprehensive number of colour plates of tanks serving through all the stages and all the theatres of WW2, this book easily replaces the dozen or so Osprey's I have as a quick reference guide. Restayn has focused on delivering as wide a survey as possible of the various colour and camo schemes used, but there isn't the depth you will get from a specialised Osprey title and there is next to no information on the tanks themselves. Again, not a big issue if you're using this as a painting guide.

The only drawback of the book is that, like nearly every other book on this subject, there is a huge emphasis on the Axis vehicles. It would of been great to see as much attention paid to the various colours and camo's of (as an example) the M3 Stuart tank as the 38T. But at the end of the day when I need to know what sort of tri colour camoflague I should paint my Panzer Lehr Panthers for a Normandy campaign, what sort of olive drab my 1st Armoured Sherman's would be during the Anzio battles - this is the first book I reach for.
Nice Pictures but lacking in substance  May 2, 2008
I purchased this book as a reference for model projects and it does serve the purpose of being a good color guide. On the downside, there is an obvious lack of even rudimentary technical information about the different tank models. If you are looking for that kind of information then look somewhere else. I would have rated the book higher based solely on the quality of the illustrations if, as another reviewer mentioned, there was not the author's obvious negative attitude towards the United States. No matter what country you're from and what you're political opinion is, that type of blatant bias does not belong in this type of book. I purchased this book as a reference of the tanks of WWII hoping it would give technical information as well as provide color illustrations. If color plates are all your looking for then I can recommend it for that criteria. The illustrations are very well done. If you want to learn about the basic technical specifications of each tank then this is not the right choice. This lack of information combined with the author's insertion of his negative opinion of America detracts from and devalues the book. So knowing what I know now would I purchase it again? Nice color plates or not, no I wouldn't.
Excellent Illustrations  Mar 27, 2008
The writing falls short of the spectacular art. Clearly, translating from French to English didn't go as smoothly as hoped...

The contents are excellent, with brilliantly rendered full color paintings. The section on USSR armor is too short, however. The mighty JS-2 tank only gets a few pages of coverage.

One fascinating entry is the only operational Porsche Tiger I tank. I never even knew Porsche built ANY Tiger I tanks! I'd love to see Restayn do a book on German WW2 super tank prototypes, i.e. "Mouse", "Panther II", "E-100", etc.

Looking forward to the next two volumes.
EYE CANDY GALORE!  Mar 27, 2008
True; if you are looking for technical information this NOT THE BOOK FOR YOU! But if you are like me and love those side profile color illustrations contained within most books on tanks, this book will get you fully sedated. This book is page after page of side profile color illustrations, at least 3 per page and that's all it is except for a few pages with short introductions to each faction.

This is a well made book, every page is glossy full color, and bound in that new durable plastic-like material (not sure what it is) but it's not cheap thick paper like most "paper-backs."

I would say 40% of the book is German tanks, but I think that is more to include camouflage schemes than favoritism. Lets be honest though; most tread-heads are into German tanks. If you are buying this just for color German tank illustrations, just consider the other factions included to be a curious bonus. German tanks in Romanian, Finnish and Hungarian service are also included.


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