A reminder that some things with wheels are a bit more grim than sports cars, motorcycles, and construction machines, this series presents 20th-century American, British, French, German, Japanese, and Russian military equipment. The texts are brief, with much information conveyed in captions and boxes with specifications, performance data, armament, and miscellaneous facts. Each volume begins with definitions and a history of the weapon, which leads into two-page descriptions of 12 examples, arranged chronologically. An account of their use and success in war is included. This arrangement, along with the readable explanations, helps trace the development of each kind of weapon on an international scale through the century. Excellent photos, almost all in black and white, depict these machines and include some pictures of them in action or under attack, such as the sinking of the Japanese battleship Yamato . In short, this is a stylish and well-executed production.
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