This beautifully illustrated book is a guide to American vehicles and heavy weapons used by the Army and Marine Corps between 1965 and 1973 when ground combat units were in Vietnam. Vietnam War vehicles and heavy weapons is the first in a series on Vietnam War weapons, vehicles, aircraft and ships used by United States forces.
Author David Doyle is no stranger to Vietnam War vehicles. A collector of military vehicles, Doyle is proud to own 10 Vietnamese-era vehicles and received the 2015 Bart Vanderveen Award from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association. He has written over 100 books on American military vehicles.
The wealth of material in this book is divided into three major sections. The first two are dedicated to wheeled tactical vehicles and tracked combat vehicles. The last section is devoted to artillery and heavy weapons, in particular self-propelled (pilotable) weapons and towed weapons.
The author supplements a wide variety of archival photos with detailed historical information, including the development processes behind certain weapons and vehicles. The photographs are accompanied by detailed captions. Doyle also includes graphs on engine data and general statistics that will no doubt be useful to researchers.
The most remarkable feature of the book is its range of images. Jeep enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the section on wheeled vehicles with its many photos of rugged vehicles in classic designs from manufacturers such as Willys, Ford and Chrysler. Readers who collect military vehicles or share the same obsessions with war history and admiration for military machinery as this reviewer may covet these.
Plus, there are some great tank photos, with one of this reviewer’s favorites being the M67A2 Flame Tank, illustrated with photos from the Patton Museum showing the tank’s roaring flames in action.
Vietnam War vehicles and heavy weapons is a useful tool for military history researchers, Vietnam War scholars, or simply those with an enthusiasm for rugged military vehicles and weapons.
Vietnam War vehicles and heavy weapons
by David Doyle, Pen & Sword Military, 2021
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