Sherman in the Pacific 1943-1945
By Raymond Giuliani, twenty color profiles by Christophe Camilotte
Hardcover, 144 pages, heavily illustrated
Published by Histoire and Collections May 2015
Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.2 x 0.7 inches
This book is a photo essay of all US Army and USMC M4 Sherman operations in the Pacific War, from Taupota, New Guinea in October 1943 through the invasion of Okinawa which was secured in June 1945. The photographs are arranged by operation, with each section introduced by a map and a brief paragraph giving an overview. The author then lets the photographs tell the story.
The photographs are, in a word, spectacular. They are the crème of the crop, sharp and in high resolution. Often there are several views of the same Sherman showing the vehicle from different angles or at different times. They are reproduced in large format on glossy paper, and the pages are piled full of pictures. This is a modeler’s dream with crew stowage and modifications being clearly seen, and the vehicles are shown in many situations which would make excellent inspiration for dioramas.
The captions are well detailed and provide insight and context to what is seen in the photographs. There are several instances of some awkward translations in the captions and while these make the descriptions read a little clunky they do not prevent the reader from grasping the meaning. A minor (but avoidable) fault which I found easy to adjust to.
Interspaced among the pictures are twenty color profiles of M4 Shermans and the M32 recovery vehicle, which are displayed along with the photograph(s) which inspired the artist. These are quality renderings and the photographs of the particular subjects only enhances the artist’s credibility. This is a nice standard which I wish more artists and decal manufacturers would follow.
Overall this is an outstanding treatment of the subject and a valuable reference for anyone wanting to model these vehicles. If you can find a copy pick it up, you will not be disappointed!