Allied-Axis: The Photo Journal of the Second World War, Issue 20 (no ISBN, Ampersand Publishing Co., 235 N.E. 6th Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida 33483, phone 561.266.9686, fax 561.266.9786, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Softcover, 11” x 8-1/2”, 96 pages, 151 black and white photos, 2008, $15.95)
The 20th volume in the Allied-Axis series contains four photo-essays on WWII military vehicles and towed weapons. First off is Jeff Kleinhenz’s article on the Raupenschlepper Ost (RSO) tracked tractor, covering its use as a utility vehicle and self-propelled antitank gun, as modified with a 75mm Pak 40 mounted on the rear deck and cut-down armored cab.
John Prigent’s collection of wartime photos of the French Char 2C tank are highlighted in the second article, while a brief piece by Pat Stansell depicts the crew of a German 37mm Flakzwilling 43, a towed twin-gun antiaircraft mount, at work. Finally, a 45-page article by David Doyle examines Autocar, Federal, and White 4–5-ton 4x4 tractors, with a mix of wartime photos and recent walk-around shots of surviving vehicles. Congratulations to Ampersand and its many authors for reaching the 20th issue in this excellent and essential series!
—Thomas R. Kailbourn