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 =96 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 =93The Staghound in Canadian Service=94 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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