Combat Colours Number 4: Pearl Harbor and Beyond, December 1941 to May 1942 Book Review

Combat Colours Number 4: Pearl Harbor and Beyond, December 1941 to May 1942

By H. C. Bridgwater and Peter Scot, Edited by Neil Robinson

Paperback, 68 pages

Publisher: Guideline Publishing 2001

ISBN-10: 0953904067

ISBN-13: 978-0953904068

Dimensions: 11.5 x 8 x 0.2 inches

This is very much a profile book.  There are four sections organized by nationality with a short introductory history before each section.  These cover the Imperial Japanese Navy and Army, the US Navy and Army Air Corps, the British Commonwealth, and the Netherlands East Indies.  Each profile is accompanied by a short caption describing the colors and markings, some of these also contain a line with details about the aircraft.

This book does a good job of explaining the standard camouflage and markings of the participants.  It is an excellent primer for those studying the Japanese carrier aircraft markings from the Pearl Harbor Raid, or the American defenders.  Where it falls a bit short in my opinion is the absence of illustrations of the less common schemes and aircraft, perhaps due to a lack of reference photographs.

A good general primer on the topic, and useful for modelers in determining potential subjects.

 

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