Steel Thunder on the Eastern Front
German and Russian Artillery in WWII
Author Michael Olive
Publisher Stackpole Books
Size 215x280mm (8.5x11in)
This book is described as ‘a visual history of the artillery used by both sides on the Eastern Front in World War II’ and this is achieved by the hundreds of archive, black and white photos, most of them sourced from private collections around the world so are rarely seen elsewhere. They depict artillery pieces and other equipment as well as the men who crewed the guns through hot summers, cold winters and seas of mud. An inserted colour section shows preserved guns and ammunition so, overall, it is an ideal reference for military history buffs, scholars, modellers, and re-enactors. What I like about it is that many of the archive pictures are full-page and many more are half-page size which means that the details of the machinery are clearly visible.