M26 Dragon Wagon Walk Around

Published: February 6th, 2012     
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Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: Chuck Bush - IPMS# 42838
ISBN #: 978-0-89747-645-4
Other Publication Information: Softcover, 80 pages, color photographs
Price: $18.95
Product / Stock #: SS27025
Product provided by: Squadron

David Doyle has given us another excellent walk around publication. This one covers the M26 Dragon Wagon tank transporter, used by the United States Army during World War II. Those of us who have the Ampersand Publishing Dragon Wagon book, by David and Pat Stansell, will find 80 pages of new pictures with cover art by Don Greer. This book is filled with captioned color pictures of expertly restored vehicles.

The tractor portion of the Dragon Wagon is an M26 or M26A1 tractor. The trailer portion is the M15 or M15A2 Tank-Recovery Semi-Trailer. Together they become the M26 Dragon Wagon.

The M26 tractor is the hard top version seen in the Tamiya kit. It had an armored cab, so that it could be "buttoned up" when under fire, but it was heavy and hard on the power train, and was rarely used under fire. The M26A1 was a soft-skin version, unarmored, with lower maintenance requirements.

The book covers both types with sharp, well captioned, photographs in great detail. You will find everything from the engine and unique chain drive to the cab interior, tool placement, tandem winch drums, and A-frame vertical lifting device.

The M15 and M15A2 semi-trailers are covered at the end of the book. Again, the color photos are sharp and well captioned.

There are a few contemporary pictures in the book. One black and white photo shows an M26 tractor dragging a German Panther G. You will also find a few re-enactment pictures.

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in US armor, tank recovery vehicles, or anyone building a Dragon Wagon. The detail here is outstanding with crisp color photos and well researched captions.

Thank you to Squadron for the review copy, and for giving us another outstanding book, and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

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