Vehicle Art of World War Two

By John Norris

Most of us are more than familiar with the artwork that adorned the noses of Second World War aircraft which very often included the image of a scantily clad woman with an appropriate name. This form of adornment and affection for your own machine was not just the domain of aircraft but also a plethora of military vehicles including everything from heavy tanks to light soft skins.

This book by military historian, and soon to be contributor to Military Modelling John Norris, highlights the vast range and methods of applying art work to an equally large range of military vehicles. The examples of work presented are virtually all from preserved machines either in museums or shows but this does not detract from their providence and in many cases they have been faithfully recreated from an original vehicle. The author also goes to great lengths to explain how artwork evolved during the course of the war and with several different armies. This seven chapter book includes sections on the French, British, German, Russian and US Armies backed up by a large 40-page appendix. The latter contains detailed colour images of a variety of artwork; this section in particular would be useful to modellers from a detail perspective alone.    

Very nice, high quality, eye-catching book and thanks again to Charlie Simpson at Pen & Sword for our review copy.


ISBN: 978-1473834187

Price: £19.99

Pages: 180

Format: Hardback – 249mm x 173mm

Publisher: Pen & Sword Military