M3 LEE GRANT
David Doyle, AFV Modeller, ISBN: 9780993564680, Hardback, 470pp, 297 x 210mm, RRP: £59.00
This is a mahoosive volume from the noted (and prolific) author David Doyle which gives the reader an excellent resource for information on the M3 Lee and Grant series of tanks. The introduction is followed by a description of the development of the type from the M2 series, the engine types, variety of hull types, suspension, track types and production. The in service history of the M3 in the U.S., overseas, and in foreign service is neatly illustrated with copious amounts of photos, as are the various production types, variants, developments and M3 based conversions such as ARVs and CDLs.
There is a large number of the photographs that are ‘New to me’, so the book is good value for money, and it is useful to have all these photos in one volume.
What the book does not have is scale drawings, although these can be found in other publications, including back issues of Tankette. In recent times the M3 and derivatives have been amply covered with plastic kits in both large and small scale by such companies as Takom, Academy, Miniart, and Mirage, with the ancient Airfix kits being re-released as well.
The book is completed by several pages of production figures and data to make an excellent reference.
Recommended for the amateur historian, vehicle restorer and model-maker.
Review copy kindly supplied by Casemate UK, available from www.casematepublishers.co.uk .
North American members can order from DavidDoyleBooks.com.
Paul Middleton 17/09/2020