Book Review - "The Staghound" by David Doyle

Book Review: The Staghound: A Visual History of the T17E Series Armored Cars in Allied Service 1940-1945 by David Doyle; Ampersand
Publishing 2009; 128 pp.; retail price US$19.95 (ISBN 978-0-9773781-6-6)
Advantages: a good reference book for the two series of kits available for the Staghound
Disadvantages: plan scale not provided
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all armored (armoured) car fans and Staghound modelers
    For reasons best known to themselves the US Army only adopted one armored car during WWII – the 6 x 6 M8 Greyhound and its M20 armored utility vehicle derivative. But the US did develop both 4 x 4 and 8 x 8 variants, with the 4 x 4 version being produced as the T17 series. The British named them Staghound and they saw combat as part of the Commonwealth forces.
    The prolific Mr. Doyle has provided a short two-page thumbnail history of the Staghound in US development and a very lovely selection of photos of the Staghound family under construction, in service and in preservation over the course of this book. 102 pages cover the most widely used variant, the T17E1 Staghound 4 x 4 armored car; 7 pages cover the T17E2 twin .50 caliber antiaircraft variant; two pages cover the stillborn T17E3 75mm HMC variant; two pages the Staghound II 75mm tank howitzer variant and nine pages the Staghound III with the upgunned Crusader turret with a 75mm gun.
    Most useful to modelers is the first section, which has a lot of photos covering the construction of the T17E1 (e.g. Staghound I) variant and its details. Canadian armour fans will enjoy the book as it has a lot of coverage of the 12th Manitoba Dragoons in action with the Staghound I. (For those interested in a more in-depth history of the vehicle I suggest “The Staghound in Canadian Service” by Roger V. Lucy, Service Publications, Ottawa, ISBN 978-1-894581-37-).
    The book includes the Ordnance plans for a Staghound I which appear to be 1/35 scale but are not identified as such, so you may wish to measure them first before using.
    Overall this is a handsome book which is going to make anyone with a Bronco or Italeri kit happy as it answers most of their modeling questions.
    Thanks to Pat Stansell for the review copy.
Cookie Sewell
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