Quarter Ton Ford & Willys Jeep, Austin Champ, Land Rover Series I: The Story of the Quarter Ton, 4x4 Utility in British Military Service by Pat Ware (ISBN?0-9525563-2-4. Warehouse Publications, 5 Rathbone Square, Tanfield Road, Croydon CR0 1BT Great Britain, distributed in the United States by Portrayal Press, P.O. Box 1190, Andover, NJ 07821; phone: 973.579.5781; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.portrayal.com. Hardcover, 8-1/2" x 10-1/2", 220 pages, 323 black-and-white photos and line drawings, 47 color photos, 1996, $45.00).
English Jeep authority Pat Ware has assembled a very effective story of the WWII?jeep from a British point of view. As such, it includes a wealth of never-before-seen photos of Willys, Bantams, and Fords including BRC 40s, GPs, GPAs, MAs, and of course, MBs and GPWs. But, unlike any books written from a U.S. perspective, Quarter Ton also covers the Austin Champ and the Land Rover Series I, each of which served with the British Army during the 1950s. The text describes the development, production, and deployment of each vehicle, and covers variants and their uses. Each section includes a full technical decription. A bibilography of technical manuals and suggested readings, as well as a full index, are included.
Because of its heavy English leaning, Quarter Ton may not be the book for the average jeep enthusiast, but the advanced student of the jeep and the role of 1/4-ton 4x4s in the military will want to buy a copy before it goes out of print.—JAG