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M40 Gun Motor Carriage and M43 Howitzer Motor Carriage in WWII and Korea

Published: August 9th, 2017     
M40 Gun Motor Carriage and M43 Howitzer Motor Carriage in WWII and Korea
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Eric Christianson, IPMS# 42218
Company: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

DavidDoyleBooks.com (Schiffer Publishing) out of Memphis TN, has just announced a new offering in the widely held 'Legends of Ground Warfare' series, called 'M40 Gun Motor Carriage and M43 Howitzer Motor Carriage in WWII and Korea', by popular author David Doyle.  Anyone familiar with Mr. Doyle's previous work will recognize this authoritative combination, and this latest release won't disappoint.

M40 Gun Motor Carriage comes as a hardcover, 9.5inch square book, following the format of Mr. Doyle's previous 'Legends' volumes, containing high-resolution images printed on heavy, high quality stock paper.  Like most of his other works, Mr. Doyle's M40 is comparatively priced, and a great value.

The book opens with a table of contents and a brief, two-page introduction to the various vehicles covered in the book, as well as a comparison chart of the two main types; the M40 155mm Self- Propelled Gun (SPG), and the M43 8-in. Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH). 

Douglas TBD Devastator

Published: August 9th, 2017     
Douglas TBD Devastator
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Schiffer Publishing

David Doyle's latest book is one of the initial entries into a new series called 'Legends of Warfare' with entries in Ground, Naval, and Aviation. The first Ground book is focused on the Panzerkampfwagen IV, the first Naval book is on the USS Yorktown (CV-5), and the first two Aviation books are on the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (#4) and Douglas TBD Devastator (#3). The first and second in the series (Wayne Mutza's Bell 47/H-13 Sioux Helicopter is #1 and David Doyle's Grumman F4F Wildcat at #2) are scheduled to release later this year.

P-38 Lightning In Action

Published: August 7th, 2017     
P-38 Lightning In Action
Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: David Doyle books

David Doyle's latest book continues to expand on Squadron Signal's long standing In Action series that initiated back in 1971.This is a completely updated and expanded edition over Squadron's earlier Aircraft In Action number 25, a 50-pager on the Lightning by Gene B. Stafford that was published in 1976. That first release was followed by Squadron's In Action number 109, a 58-pager on the Lightning by Larry Davis that was published in 1990. A third release came in 2011 from David Doyle with 72 pages as Squadron In Action number 1222. This 2017 release adds an additional eight pages and includes many new photographs.

Lockheed P-38 Lightning Early Versions

Published: August 7th, 2017     
Lockheed P-38 Lightning Early Versions
Author: Robert Pęczkowski
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Mushroom Model Publications

Robert Peczkowski is part of the Wydawnictwo Stratus publishing group as a co-owner, publisher, and author. Robert attended Politechnika Rzeszowska from 1983 to 1988. Robert has written a number of books including the major work in English on the Polish air Force of WW2. He is married with two children. His books include: Me 163 Komet (1997), PZL P.11c (1998), Messerschmitt Bf-109G (2000), White Eagles (2001), British WW1 Aircraft in the Polish Air Force (2001), Messerschmitt Bf 109E (2001), Messerschmitt Me 262A Schwalbe (2002), Lockheed P-38 J-L Lightning (2003), Messerschmitt Bf-109G Gustav (2004), P-47 Thunderbolt 'Bubbletop' (2005), Douglas SBD Dauntless (2007), Henschel Hs 126 (2008), North American P-51D Mustang (2009), Messerschmitt Me 163B Komet (2010), Bell P-39 Airacobra (2011), Republic P-47 Thunderbolt 'Bubbletop' (2011), Messerschmitt Me 410 (2013), Mitsubishi J2M Raiden (2013), Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe (2014) Republic P-47B-D Razorback (2016), Messerchmitt Bf 109E (2017), North American P-51D (2017).

USS Lawrence vs HMS Detroit - The War of 1812 on the Great Lakes

Published: August 3rd, 2017     
USS Lawrence vs HMS Detroit - The War of 1812 on the Great Lakes
Author: Mark Lardas; Illustrated by Paul Wright
Reviewed by: Rob Benson, IPMS# 44038
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thank you to Osprey Publishing for providing a review copy of their new release, USS Lawrence vs. HMS Detroit, The War of 1812 on the Great Lakes, number 79 in the Duel Series. As always, I appreciate all those in the IPMS Reviewer Corps, whose work is critical to sharing new and exciting modeling products with the world.

Overview

The War of 1812 is often characterized by the epic and decisive battles between the USS Constitution and the HMS Java and Guerriere, resulting in the establishment of the upstart nascent US Navy as a dominant naval force. Yet while these battles were critically important to the outcome of the war, there are many smaller engagements that may arguably have had more influence on that outcome. The famous and well-known expressions "We have met the enemy and they are ours," and "Don't give up the ship," are attributed to the American Master Commandant, Oliver Hazard Perry, as the battle on the Great Lakes progressed.