FV430 Series: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

FV430 Series: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Rob Griffin
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5 Mushroom Heads
During the Second World War the British infantry found itself lacking suitable transport to cope with the fast moving German Blitzkrieg tactics. Various stop-gap measures were introduced with mixed success but, with the post-war nuclear biological and chemical threat, it was imperative that a robust solution was found. The FV300 and FV400 Cambridge carriers paved the way for the introduction of the AFV430 series in the 1960s at the height of the Cold War. Initially a basic armoured personnel carrier, the series grew to cover a multitude of roles; command, recovery, mortar, Swingfire and remote mine clearing to name but a selection. Over 50 years later variants are still in service. This classic Images of War book not only describes in words and images the AFV430 series but traces the development of infantry carriers for the British Army.

A smashing book from Pen and Sword I was so pleased when it came for review. If you know what a Bicki Box is this book will set your heart racing!

Lashings of Photographs of all the variants including the famous bucket used to get the oil and muck out from the bottom of the carrier. News for me was that the 432 had TWO B.V.s what else could you ask for?; then of course the many pages of text containing history and technical data enough to keep any ex BAOR or Bosnia old hand in raptures.

How could I give it anything other than Five mushrooms. Get a copy troops.

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