U.S. Vehicles & Heavy Weapons of the Vietnam War
...from Pen & Sword
Title: U.S. Vehicles & Heavy Weapons of the Vietnam War
Author: David Doyle
Publisher: Pen & Sword
This new book from David Doyle, a well know author on the subject of military vehicles focuses on the many types that were deployed by the USA during the Vietnam War. A 238-page hardback book packed with photos and details of the many AFVs and softskins that saw service in SE Asia over the years.
The various types are split up into 4 main sections, covering Wheeled, Tracklaying, Self-Propelled and Towed Weapons. I was especially interested to read David's explanation of the SNL number, the Standard Nomenclature List) and how that is used to assist in identifying specific vehicles, something I hadn't really picked up on before. All sorts of wheeled equipment is covered, from the small M151 Mutt and M38 Jeeps, through various truck types to the large GOER and LARC. In Tracklaying section they are equally varied, from the M48 and M551 tanks to the LVTP 5 and M113 as well as the distinctive Ontos among others. Self-Propelled and Towed weapons are both smaller parts, with such things as the 175mm M107 and the 155mm M114A1. Text elements give the basic details of each one, many with data tables, and each is well illustrated with a good mix of archive images plus examples preserved in museum or private collections to this day. All these have even more detail in the informative captions.
This is the first of a number of planned titles covering US equipment in Vietnam, and has instantly gained a place in my list of favourite references on the topic of equipment in the Vietnam War. It adds to a list of over 100 books written by David Doyle on armour topics, and mentions that he himself owns 10 Vietnam era vehicles. Definitely one I'd recommend.
Thanks to Pen & Sword for our review copy.