David Doyle’s earliest published works appeared in periodicals aimed at the hobby of historic military vehicle restoration. By 1999 this included regular features in leading hobby publications, appearing regularly in US, English and Polish magazines. Since 2003, over 100 of his books have been published. Broadening his horizons from his initial efforts concerning vehicles, he soon added aircraft and warships to his research objectives.
The book is divided into two chapters all covering the beginning of construction to the final day.
- Chapter 1 - Production
- Chapter 2 - Field Use
In the Book
The book is hardbound with 2 chapters and 112 pages. It didn’t take long for me to read all the book in one night, I was intrigued by a lot of facts about the Tank being presented and the information on the Tank and the photographs were a joy to look at and read. There are both Black and White and color photographs in the book. Some of the subjects covered in the book include:
- M-24 Chaffee gets name from Maj Gen Adna R Chaffee the first commander of the Armored Force.
- The Tank used two Cadillac engines for power and had a torsion bar suspension, both very reliable and made maintenance on the chassis of the tank easy.
- The driver’s compartment was very sparse for ease of maintenance.
- Floatation devices were added to some models so the tank could be used like a boat for shore landings.
- The first tanks were sent to Army field units during the Battle of the Bulge.
- The M-24 saw front line use in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, eventually being replaced by the Walker Bulldog.
The subject was very well covered with history of the Tank’s construction, missions, and different upgrades throughout its service. If you have an interest in this tank or if you are preparing to build a model of the M-24 Chaffee, I recommend this book as a reference.
I want to thank David Doyle and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to read and review the book.