US Amtracs & Amphibians at War 1941-1945 (Armor at War Series) by Steven J. Saloga & George Balin, 72 pages, Concord Publication *Vintage & Hard to Find* (World War 2 Military History Non-Fiction Reference)
Very rare *specialised* pictorial book pertaining to the subject title. This is not the normal run-on-the-mill war book. Specialised... bcos they contain vast amount of rare and mostly unpublished photos that are screened and curated by professional editors on the subject matter extracted from archives of private collectors and wartime combat journalists who ran the ground alongside soldiers. You get to see all perspectives up close. Therefore, what you get are clear pictures and reliable, detailed and compelling captions. Book is worded in a way that expect readers to know some background of the war that the book is covering. The nature of photos are raw and can be quite graphic, ie, in the thick of action that may cause loss of life, dead decomposed bodies, etc. As such, this book can bring out all sorts of emotions from the awe of the machinery and advances in technology working together with soldiers to the fear, pain, suffering, desperation, jubilance, relief faced by the soldiers as the tide turns in or against their favour. This book is a great reference for modellers to learn, understand and obtain inspirational ideas based on the real life photos about how to weather their models, the markings on the models and meaning, deployment stance of men and machines in action and at ease, damage pictures, equipment modifications, vehicle variants, support vehicles, ammo & aux equipment placement, how to camouflage the model beyond painting, terrain effects, textures and natural features, useful when planning for a landscaped diorama with ideas that can be reaped from the many dynamic war time environments showcased by the photos. Overall Condition 9.5/10. Clean, dust free and in pristinely crisp condition. Extremely well kept and looks just like new. Soft cover in excellent state with no dents from book drop, bends, scratches or stains. Inside portion of the cover may have slight yellowing due to age. Pages are in excellent condition with no crease, tear, missing page, scribbling, dog ears, writing, stains. Material used for the pages are excellent. Comes in thick and heavy grammage gloss art paper that brings out the clarity of the photos on print. Published between 2000-2007, these pages are still able to resist deterioration remarkably > 10 years on! * PLEASE CHECK OUT MY PHOTOS ATTACHED TO UNDERSTAND THE CONDITION Do note that I will not be entertaining refunds/exchanges once item is bought. Item sold "as is" based on: 1. Photos attached 2. Listing's term & condition 3. Question & answer via Carousell's chat function 4. Physical check during meet up Use these avenues for clarification before confirming your purchase after which there will be no recourse for any issues the buyer were to discover after the sale. Thank you for viewing.