This book is a new release made available via Zenith press earlier this year. The softcover book is a general overview of the M4 Sherman from development through it's use in Korea. The book is 128 pages, has 78 black-and-white photos, and 66 color photos. The list price for the book is around $20 in the USA, $25 in Canada, and 13£ in the UK. All very affordable prices for a specialized reference book.
For modelers there are a nice assortment of interior photos, WWII in-theatre photos and the like. The quality of the photos is very good. There are also some illustrations of several interior systems like the loaders area, as well as a cutaway drawing of the M4 itself.
The origins of the M4 area also covered via the development of the M3. At least 5 pages of information are dedicated to outlining that part of the M4's liniage.
The book is broken down into fairly simple sections:
3. M4 Background
5. Firepower and Armor Protection
While not the Hunnicut M4 resource, this book packs a lot of information in terms of text into it. There is a lot of very specific detail on the operation of the vehicle, historical accounts by those who used the tank in WWII, and other pertinent facts. For the modeler this may be a good mid to entry level resource book for the M4 Sherman. You certainly can't go wrong for the price no matter how many books you may already have on the Sherman.
Highs: Low cost reference book packed with lots of good details, photos, and factoids.Lows: 128 pages is still not enough to really cover such a huge subject in any great detail.Verdict: Recommended for all Sherman builders and those needing a good reference book on the M4.
About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim) FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...