Vehicle Art of World War Two

John Norris

* Full colour depictions of authentic (surviving or recreated) WW2 vehicle art

* Covers official unit and divisional badges and unofficial art, eg pin-ups, Betty Boo etc

* Covers Axis and Allies

* Text and extended captions give context and explain the development of vehicle art through WW2

* Excellent reference for reenactors, vehicle res
Date Published :
March 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
200 illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473834187
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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The ‘nose art’ that decorated WW2 aircraft has received considerable attention but the images and slogans that decorated land vehicles has been less widely appreciated. This visually stunning book displays many fine examples (original or faithfully recreated) of the art that adorned the military vehicles of both Allied and Axis forces. Both official unit markings, such as divisional badges and unit emblems, as well as decidedly less official renderings of pin-up girls and cartoon characters are included. John Norris’s concise but well researched text and extended captions set the artwork in context and explain the development of vehicle art through the course of the war and in the various armies. The result is a visual treat for the casual reader and a valuable reference for reenactors, vehicle restorers, wargamers and modelers.

About The Author

John Norris is a freelance military historian who writes regular monthly columns for several specialist titles, ranging from vehicle profiles to reenactment events. He has written fifteen books on various military historical subjects, most recently Fix Bayonets! (due to be published by Pen & Sword).


"An interesting topic and one which modellers, military historians, re-enactors and military vehicle restorers will find interesting."

- Military Model Scene

"This book will be very interesting to modelers that are looking for some cool markings to put on their vehicles. It will hold interest for military historians and enthusiasts too."

- AMPS Indianapolis

"After reading the entire book, I came to a realisation that this lovely work by Mr. Norris is not just a simple collection of photographs and images. It is a hallowed testament to the eternal human aspiration to leave a mark of his own in this world before vanishing into the flames of war. It is a book that reminds us that soldiers are not killing machines who mercilessly slew their enemies on the battlefield but human beings with a heart and a soul"

- Kunwon Saw

"Entertainment for the casual reader and a valuable reference for vehicle restorers and modelers alike. All colour photos."

- FineScale Modeler, May 2017

A detailed study of the subject.

- WWII History

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