Reviews for Weapons, Gear, and Uniforms of World War II


Library Media Connection Reviews 2012 November/December
Read the entire series in chronological order and an outline history of six major U.S. wars is revealed. An additional chapter in the World War II and Iraq War volumes discusses wartime inventions and new technology. The pages are formatted like a scrapbook with clear b&w photographs succinctly labeled, fact boxes add human interest. Boys interested in military history will grab the books off the shelf, but will learn little new information. Bibliography. Glossary. Maps. Websites. Index. Marion Mueller, Library Media Consultant, Starr Academy, New London, Wisconsin. ADDITIONAL SELECTION Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 April

Gr 4-6--Every volume offers a short introduction to its featured war, followed by chapters on equipment. Each section contains several paragraphs about specific pieces of equipment, machinery, and uniforms, many of them illustrated. The books have no conclusions; instead back matter follows immediately after the final equipment description. The extreme brevity of the introductions and the lack of context for the discussions of these weapons are problematic. Vietnam blithely describes flamethrowers as "useful" and able to "clear a tunnel of enemies," while World War II describes knives used by the Allied forces that "could take out enemies quickly and quietly." The introduction in Iraq War mentions WMDs as a reason for entering the war without revealing that none were found. These volumes don't stand alone but might be considered where there is demand for highly visual works on the military.

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