M48 Patton - A Visual History of the U.S. Army's Mid 20th Century Battle Tank

Published: February 22nd, 2016     
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Author: David Doyle
Reviewed by: 
Phillip Cavender, IPMS# 50085
Company: Ampersand Publishing
ISBN #: 978-0-9861127-6-8
Other Publication Information: Soft Cover, 128 pages, over 250 color images, over 20 black and white images.
Price: $22.95
Product / Stock #: M48 Patton

This latest addition to the Ampersand Group's Visual History Series contains a wealth of information not only for the historical buff but, to the serious modeler whose dedication for detail will provide immense resource. David Doyle and Ampersand Group, Inc. have provided the serious modeler a welcomed addition to his library.

At first glance one sees a clear, detailed, color cover page depicting the crew of a M48A3 at Fire Base Bastogne in Viet Nam on 16 April 1968.  The back cover shows an image of a damaged M48A3 at the 218th Collection, Classification, and Salvage Company at Long Binh 14 June 1967. The book is broken down into various sections including;

The Introduction consisting of the first 13 pages giving a brief history of the M48 Patton series of medium tanks from the inception and development, to upgrades and modifications.

  • M48A1 is covered in pages 14-26.
  • M48A2/M48A2C variants are covered in pages 27-39
  • M67A1 is covered in pages 40-43
  • M48A3 is covered in pages 44-111
  • M48A5 is covered in pages 112-128

Each chapter consists of high quality color and black/white images.  The historical images are well represented and describe in detail what the viewer is looking at.

In conclusion this book will be an invaluable resource for anyone having a M48 Patton on their next build list. I do and I'm sure I will be referring to it quite often as my go to book during the construction stage.

Thanks to David Doyle and the Ampersand Group as well as IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this book.

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