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Reviewers' Notebook XLIV | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Monday, 07 July 2008
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Universally Used: A 15mm Universal Carrier FireFight! | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Monday, 07 July 2008


All the vehicles in this review. 

Everyone recognizes the Sherman as the hallmark of American tanks, and most people whether they wargame or not think of the Germans when they see an Sdkfz 251. But there is one vehicle that was more pervasive than either one of these icons, and receives passingly little credit for its achievements outside of the UK, and as time goes on it is less recognized even by native Britons.

But it was the only truly universal vehicle, seeing service everywhere in both Pacific and European fronts, counted on by the troops that used and heavily modified them, and taking a beating while still doing their job. 

For armor protection, they weren’t much at all, for weaponry they were under-gunned for most jobs originally planned for them, and being open-topped, they were more susceptible to indirect fire than most AFVs. And yet as many as 100,000 of them were produced in every role from AT Gun tow to mortar carrier, Armored Observation Post, Machinegun carrier, and reconnaissance.

This review is our tribute to this redoubtable little carrier and the men who bravely drove them into battle on all fronts. We salute the men and the vehicle that served them from 1940 to the 1960s.

We offer a huge thank you to Dom Skelton of Dom's Decals for reading this one for us and offering excellent input, and for allowing us to pass some decals he sent us along to a reader.

 

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Reviewers' Notebook XLIII | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Wednesday, 02 July 2008
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Reviewers' Notebook XLII | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Tuesday, 01 July 2008
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Reviewers Notebook XLI | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Monday, 30 June 2008
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