In The Beginning

Collectable Books On the Shelf

Bart H Vanderveen was among the first to have military vehicle books published, John Carroll is a huge fan of several of Vanderveen's 1970s books

If you have been around military vehicles for any length of time, the chances are that you will have heard of Bart Harmannus Vanderveen, who was one of the first military vehicle enthusiasts, the editor of Wheels & Tracks and a prolific author.

He died in 2001 but left a huge legacy to the military vehicle fraternity. When I came to pick one of his books off the shelf for this month’s Collectable Books column I was spoilt for choice. I narrowed it down to two; the Observer's Fighting Vehicles Directory of World War Two and a book simply entitled The Jeep.

The first was originally published in 1969 and was the first reference work dealing with military motor vehicles of all kinds which were used by the Allied and Axis powers in World War Two. The emphasis was on the soft-skin vehicles that had until then not received much coverage.

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