3.7 cm Flak 18/36/37

Published: September 3rd, 2020     
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Author: Alan Ranger
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Company: MMP Books
ISBN #: 978-83-65958-55-6
Other Publication Information: 80 pages, softbound, over 150 B&W photos,
Price: $25.00
Product / Stock #: On Camera 20
Product provided by: Casemate Publishing

The "Camera On" series focuses on 'lived in' images of a specific subject. The subject in this case is 3.7 cm Flak 18/36/37, but the real value of this book is the images of its crew, their uniforms -sometimes even in civilian clothes-, the locations where the pictures were taken, the equipment -and litter!- around the gun emplacement.

The book is divided in the following sections

  • Foreword, with high level description of the weapon and its history
  • 3.7 cm Flak 18
  • 3.7 cm Flak 36
  • Tun antiaerean Rheinmetall calibru 37 mm model 1939
  • 3.7 cm Flak 37

Each section has dozens of pictures, some of them show a close up of the weapon (with very good detail for your model), most of them show the crew around the weapon (with very high value for a vignette as it show all the 'stuff' around a gun emplacement).

While some of the pictures might have been staged, none of them have the aspect of being taken by professional photographers, rather regular soldiers with a camera that were capturing their lives while manning an anti-aerial weapon.

I've found of particular historical interest how -as the war progressed- the crew became either younger (teens, almost kids) and also older, with perhaps one or two 'regular' trained crew members.

If you want to get inspiration for a vignette, get ideas for the next uniform or clothing in your figures, or simply have curiosity for "every day pictures" during wartime, this book is for you.

Recommended.

I would like to thank Mushroom Model Publication, Casemate Publishers and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

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