VEHICLE ART OF WORLD WAR TWO


VEHICLE ART OF WORLD WAR TWO

JOHN NORRISS    Book Number: 86882    Product format: Hardback

Men in battle have long been known to decorate their armour or given names their personal weapons. King Arthur had Excalibur and Odin Gram. The tradition of naming military hardware and decorating equipment with highly elaborate, hand-painted motifs can be traced back to the classical period when armies are known to have adorned chariots and shields with religious images, royal emblems, and good luck symbols. During both World Wars amidst all the bombs exploding and soldiers in their uniforms of drab brown, grey and green, there could be spotted dashes of colour in the form of divisional patches on their vehicles and uniforms. Often they used lion heads, birds, numbers and letters, unofficial symbols and nicknames for individual pieces of machinery. Aircraft of the First World War were decorated with lucky mascots in bright hues such as playing cards, animals or hats and trucks were often called after girls or locations or nicknames like Tigress. The images in the book covers 'nose art' which decorated WWII aircraft, pin-up girls, cartoon characters and very personal decorations like My Kerry (a Vargas style girl with her skirt being lifted) and Choosy Suzy in a bathing costume. The crew of a Swedish army tank has named it Cold As Ice (in the style of typically military humour), another Great Balls of Fire and a Norwegian one, T-Rex. Here are images of Native American Indians, many named Harley Davidson motorcycles, and warning signs used by the German army on their vehicles. Well over 100 colour and archive photos in a compendium of 180pp, a visual treat for the casual reader and a valuable reference for modellers. Covers Axis and Allies and full colour descriptions of authentic (surviving or recreated) WWII vehicle art.
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ISBN 9781473834187
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