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on April 16, 2010
Certainly one of the oddest looking armored vehicles ever. Appropriate name, Ontos is Greek for "Thing". 297 were built in the late 1950's. The Army rejected them and the Marines got them. Designed for anti-tank warfare, they were used successfully in Vietnam to help the Marines as antipersonnel weapons. Six 106mm recoiless rifles + .50 caliber spotting rifles and .30 cal MG could do that quickly.
This book has just enough narrative to be of help to the reader. The real story lies in the photographs. 70 pages mostly color shots, up close and absolutely perfect for a modeler. Every angle, aspect and feature are captured here.
What's not to like? The captions are sometimes confusing, but it can be hard to describe what you're looking at unless you know something about the vehicle. This does not detract at all from the book.
This book fills a void on this small, footnote of armored warfare that has been barely mentioned elsewhere. Absolutely recommended for anyone building a model on this thing, or those tread heads that love to study everything armor.