AMX-30 – Review by Mark Barnes

Produced in Poland and aimed at the modeller this book comes from an extensive series of soft-backed A4 format bargains offering a good selection of images of the subject in service.In addition we also get a highly detailed gallery building a walk round of the tank in question showing all the nooks and crannies. Production is crisp and clear and the text does the business. I can’t see anything to fault it. The whole enterprise seems truly international and how can a website like ours not applaud the fact?

I don’t make models any more, but in my loft are a number of RocoMinitanks AMX-30s my son and I were slowly detailing and painting when he was still in to all that. Now he has well and truly moved on they are just there waiting for a time when we might get all nostalgic and do some more. Don’t hold your breath.

I am not especially attached to the AMX-30, but it comes from that classic Cold War era and exports have helped spice up it’s history.  The archive photography in this book is of a high quality and I liked the additional artwork. So, all in all, I can happily recommend it. You don’t necessarily have to be a modeller to appreciate these books, as I have proved. Well-produced tank books are always a pleasure and this is exactly what we have here. Quite how I am going to review two others now I have used up all my prose, I do not know but I will rise to the challenge.

Reviewed by Mark Barnes for War History Online.

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Mark Barnes is a longstanding friend of WHO, providing features, photography and reviews. He has contributed to The Times of London and other publications. He is the author of The Liberation of Europe (pub 2016) and If War Should Come due later in 2020.