MMP Books' Camera On #21: 4-Wheeled Armored Cars
Author: Alan Ranger
Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Price $25.00 from 
Reviewer: Scott Van Aken
Notes: 80 pages, paperback
ISBN 978-83-65958-78-5

MMP Books has done a series of photo essays in the 'Camera On' series. The subjects are often military vehicles of WWII and this one continues with 4-wheeled German Armored cars.

This basically covers the pre-war Kfz.13/14 series along with the later SdKfz 221/222/223 along with the later 260/261 vehicles. The pre-war vehicles were used in the early campaigns, but proved to be unable to perform its mission because its armor was only able to stop rifle rounds at a distance and were extremely vulnerable to machine gun fire. Needless to say, a lot of these vehicles were lost and so relegated to backwater areas and training.

The more popular vehicles were the more capable and modern looking SdKfz 221 series. These were everything that the earlier vehicles were not. The 221 series had machine gun armament while the 222 had a 20mm canon as its main armament. The 223 was the radio car variant and reverted to machine gun armament. These vehicles had an open top with a screen that fit over the opening to prevent grenades from being tossed into the combat compartment. Later vehicles, the SdKfz 260 and 261 were armored radio cars that were built in small numbers. Production of these vehicles was terminated in 1943/44 but were used until the end of hostilities.

Typical of all of the other books in the series, this is a photo book pure and simple. Any information on the vehicle is provided in a short introduction and through the captions of the many photos in the book. This sort of thing is a boon to modelers and enthusiasts alike. It is a welcome addition to this series. Apparently readers like these books as the titles are continuing into the future. Well worth picking up.

September 2020

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