3.7 cm Flak 18/36/37
The “Camera On” series focuses on ‘lived in’ images of a specific subject. The subject in this case is 3.7 cm Flak 18/36/37, but the real value of this book is the images of its crew, their uniforms -sometimes even in civilian clothes-, the locations where the pictures were taken, the equipment -and litter!- around the gun emplacement.
The book is divided in the following sections
- Foreword, with high level description of the weapon and its history
- 3.7 cm Flak 18
- 3.7 cm Flak 36
- Tun antiaerean Rheinmetall calibru 37 mm model 1939
- 3.7 cm Flak 37
Each section has dozens of pictures, some of them show a close up of the weapon (with very good detail for your model), most of them show the crew around the weapon (with very high value for a vignette as it show all the ‘stuff’ around a gun emplacement).
While some of the pictures might have been staged, none of them have the aspect of being taken by professional photographers, rather regular soldiers with a camera that were capturing their lives while manning an anti-aerial weapon.
I’ve found of particular historical interest how -as the war progressed- the crew became either younger (teens, almost kids) and also older, with perhaps one or two ‘regular’ trained crew members.
If you want to get inspiration for a vignette, get ideas for the next uniform or clothing in your figures, or simply have curiosity for “every day pictures” during wartime, this book is for you.
I would like to thank Mushroom Model Publication, Casemate Publishers and IPMS/USA for the review sample.