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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Histoire and Collections (February 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2915239479
  • ISBN-13: 978-2915239478
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gary Gillespie on August 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John H. Spear on March 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a masterfull display of tank drawings in color. Having said this, if you are looking for technical expertise or even accuracy, this is not your book. examples; pg. 161, middle ill."this tank" no description as to wether it is a BT-7 or BT-5. pg.129 two views of Churchill Mk VI's one with the 75mm dual purpose gun , one with the 6 pounder. Restayn doesn't bother to note difference. pg 166 second ill. is a T-80 not a T-70. And if your'e going to show a T-80 in two ills.(about 120 made, Zaloga "Soviet Tanks WW2")why not one ill. of British Challenger (200 tanks plus or minus and certainly more significant)?

If you want to look at tanks buy this book, if you want to learn about tanks buy Zaloga, Hunnicutt, spielberger,doyle, or the old master, von Senger und Etterlin.

In passing Restayn does not appear to favor the United States and its book buying public as he starts the section on the U.S. off with "Far from being a peaceful nation, as it is all too often described....
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Wingate on March 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B J Wiese on April 22, 2013
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World War II information and Items will become the most sought after Collectables in History. This book brings WWII to life! I wanted great pictures combined with the best written history about Tanks and this book delivered. You can not only peruse its delicatessen of beneficial tank history, which is no easy task to find in a book, yet yield to the particulars of Tank comments from those who were in the Tanks themselves. First person, first hand, what else could you want?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By McWong on June 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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.
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