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George Bradford is a technical artist and military historian who has been researching World War II and producing scale drawings for more than thirty years. He lives in Canada.
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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (February 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811733556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811733557
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. W. Levesque on February 2, 2008
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This is not a book for the WWII armored vehicle newcomer and knowledge of overall German armor is a plus, or at least a few other books on the subject.

As advertised this book has "AFV Plans" and not much else -- but this is its strength. It is a straight forward book of line drawings of German armored vechicles from the mid-war period to the end of the war. It has the well known and the obscure; tanks, armored cars, self-propelled guns, etc. Also of note is that all are drawn to scale (either 1:35 or 1:48) and the book includes a chart for how much to reduce or enlarge the drawings for other scales. At the same time there are at least four drawings per vechicle; straight-on front and rear, a top view, and a side view.

This is a niche book for the specialist. There is very little in the way of explanation for the vechicles in the book. In fact, most of the drawn vechicles don't have any kind of written explanation or history; and the book doesn't list the technical specs. You'll need other books on German armored vehicles to flesh out the information presented here.

Why do I recommend the book? It is probably the most complete book available on the many and varied armored vehicles used by the Germans from mid- to late-war. Many times when I'm reading WWII histories, or playing WWII wargames, I find references to various armored vehicles and I was looking for a simple to use, yet complete reference, so I could visualize what I was reading about. The vast majority of books out there address the famous and common vehicles (Panther, Tiger) but this book has drawings of the more obscure to include Germany's remote controlled tanks.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ignorance is bliss on September 7, 2007
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When I received notice from Amazon for pre-publication orders on several George Bradford books, I jumped on it. I'd seen many of his drawings previously and the individual drawings are available online. This collection fits the salient illustrations together under one cover.

There are several prototype or paper vehicles included as well as familiar production types. Collected here are tanks, self-propelled guns, prime movers, APCs and reconnaissance vehicles from the latter half of the German war effort. Some of the larger vehicles are reproduced in 1/48 or 1/76 scale but most are in 1/35 so copy making is kept at a minimum.

A must-have for any modeler or military vehicle enthusiast. There are also titles available on U.S., Soviet and early war German vehicles. I hope that Mr. Bradford will be able to publish his drawings of more modern vehicles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 10, 2008
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In the final years of WWII German industry produced a number of tanks and AFVs. Some were awesome killing machines that could have prolonged the war; others were dead-end projects. Noted tank author and illustrator George Bradford offers up a collection of scale drawings of 65 of these metal monsters in this 2007 volume, #4 in Stackpole Book's 'World War II AFV Plans' series.

Some of the vehicles illustrated in Bradford's book are well known: the Sturmgeschutz 40, Tiger Ausf. E, the ponderous 'Ferdinand' and compact 'Hetzer' tank destroyers, the 'Ostwind' flakpanzer, the Schwimmwagen, the StuG.IV and others all saw combat. AFVs such as the Panzerbeobachtungswagen Panther, 5.5cm PlakPz. Panther and 'Katzchen' APC, however, saw limited production or were paper projects only. Many were effective fighting vehicles, others were so impractical you wonder why Germany wasted the time and money on them.

Usually each machine gets a four-view plan; some smaller machines allow for five or more. Bradford's excellent illustrations are good for picking out the many small details on AFVs that most photos could never capture. Some machines get sidebars with information on that tank/AFV; others have only the item's model designation. I would have liked a bit more info across-the-board.

While Bradford's book will appeal mostly to tank enthusiasts, wargamers and modellers, its does present a fascinating visual record of some awesome war machines.
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I have followed George Bradford’s work since 1964 and he has always come up with an excellent product. These plans originated in a series, by country in 1/35 and 1/48 scale, of popular armored fighting vehicles (AFVs) that he sold on his web site. They complement the standard reference texts in the field that provide the technical and operational details of AFVs. Since the Bellona series stopped production years ago these are the best available resource for military modelers other than articles specifically written on a particular vehicle. What I found particularly useful is that he covers subjects that are obscure or have been overlooked in the normal study of AFVs. This opinion applies to the entire series that has been published.
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This book is very good for anyone interested in modeling or research on the more prolific German AFVs in te last years of the war.Along with line drawings there are some good photos of some of the vehicles showing some stowage and equipment mounting. Some of the vehicles that are shown is tiger,king tiger,panther,jagdtiger and many half-tracks and armored cars. They are shown in 1:35 & 1:72 scale with conversion tables with an short bibliography.In all it is an good book and I have well over 3000 books on military history and weapon systems, this book stays close by.
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