The Churchill Tank: A Visual History of the British Army’s Heavy Infantry Tank, 1941-1945, Part Two: Churchill Based Vehicles

Review by

Paul L James

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The Churchill Tank: A Visual History of the British Army's Heavy Infantry Tank, 1941-1945, Part Two: Churchill Based Vehicles

Like its companion volume this is another 120 page book packed full of over 160 images of the Churchill tank adapted for special tasks. Some will be immediately familiar to the reader, like the CROCODILE and the BOBBIN, others less so. I had never heard of the ONION or the GOAT!

One surprising omission is the AVRE SBG Bridgelayer which was certainly used in action and is represented in 1/76 scale by the venerable Matchbox (now Revell) kit. I don’t know of a complete kit In 1/35 scale, but Resicast do the small box girder bridge and other companies the AVRE Churchill. I have included a couple of pictures of the Churchill AVRE SBG Bridgelayer.
The photos in the book follow the same format as the other volumes in the series, one per page and big enough to make out nearly all the detail on the tank. Coupled with useful captions from the knowledgeable author, David Doyle they will be extremely useful for modellers and AFV enthusiasts alike.

There are 17 different variants covered in total – the Black Prince, AVRE, Onion, Goat, AVRE Snake, Mk.I ATOG, Bullshorn, CIRD, AMRCR, Flail FV3902 ‘Toad’, 3-inch Gun Carrier, ARV, TLC, ARL, Bridgelayer, Okes Flamethrower and Crocodile.
Published by AMPERSAND 11 x 8.5 inch format, soft cover with rigid binding
ISBN 0977378128 / 9780977378128

 

 

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