Abandoned World War II Aircraft, Tanks & Warships

...from Amber Books

Title: Abandoned World War II Aircraft, Tanks & Warships
Author: Chris McNab
Publisher: Amber Books
ISBN: 978-1-83886-087-5

A large format 224-page hardback book of some stunning photographs, perhaps what many will describe as an ideal 'Coffee Table' style book as I think it will interest many who may not have a normal interest in the equipment of WW2.
As is pointed out in the Introduction, WW2 ended 76 years ago, yet there are still many examples of the remains of aircraft, tanks and ships that can still be found all around the world. Some in less accessible places than others but fortunately we can see many of them in here, which otherwise most of us would be unlikely to get the chance to see. The book is spread across chapters which divide the world up geographically. These are Western Europe & Scandinavia: Eastern Europe: Mediterranean, Middle East & Africa: Asia & the Pacific: and finally North & South America. All the relics we see are beautifully illustrated with first class images, some in impressive double page spreads. Some are quite well known, such as the guns at Longue sur Mer in Normandy but others are less well known and not as readily accessible. Concrete gun emplacements in America and other countries which are reminiscent of the Atlantic Wall, but which are not part of it. There are wrecks beneath the sea, which look quite beautiful among the colourful light/life of the seabed. There is a rusting hull of a Churchill tank on a range one the South Downs of the UK which I had never heard of before, and even the wreck of the Japanese Betty bomber still laying in the jungle where Admiral Yamamoto was killed. Tank wrecks such as a Sherman tank on Iwo Jima and so many others. There is even a Japanese aircraft wreck on Biak, West Papua which still has a bomb hanging on its' underwing rack. That one is safe, unlike the 1400tonnes of explosive remaining in the wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery still laying in the Thames Estuary and which remain an extreme navigation hazard.
There is so much more, far to many to even try and mention, but fascinating to see and perhaps surprising just how much still remains in many out of the way places around the world. I think anyone interested in the aircraft, tanks and ships of WW2 will find this interesting, while many modellers are also likely to find some incredible references for scenarios and extreme weathering (especially rust) on so many. I found this one fascinating.
Thanks to Amber Books for our review copy.

Robin