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however, IMO, the book is an excelent value. In regards to image quality, the photos that are of marginal quality (as opposed to excellent quality) are a small portion of the whole. The book has almost 500 pages of photos, with most pages having 3 photos and some with only one or two, so the total number of photos is extroidinary in a single volume. The edition that I got has glossy pages with good overall printing and binding quality, so the produciton standard is high.
I got mine from Amazon, and with shipping in the US, the total cost was less than US$33, or less than twice the cost of a 75 page Concord title, with about the same photo and caption quality.
I also like the organization by time and major operational periods. I consider the book to be a very good companion to be refered to when reading other history references that inevitabley come up short on the photos offered. So, for instance, as I was re-reading "A Dark and Bloody Ground," "Armored Attack" was a great source to have at hand. Same for reading the US Army's historical survey on the battle for St-Lo; "Armored Attack" provided a ton of excellent photos of US armor working with the US 30th ID. The organization makes finding photos of particular operational areas or battles very easy.
There are a few "curious" inclusions. For instance, there are a few pages of German and Commonwealth armor operations where the photos stand alone and are only vaguely conected to the US Armor Operations context. The first few pages of "generic" armor ID photos is not particulary useful, but maybe other readers would see that differently. But these are minor issues and only represent a few out of almost a half-thousand other very interesting and useful pages.
On a side note, one of the most interesting secions of the book deals with the Cullin hedgerow cutters. Mr Zaloga breakes these down by "type" or "test" series numbers, i.e. the "Green Dozer;" the T-1 "Rinocerous;" T-1E1 with extra prongs; T-1E2 heavy bumper with 5 prongs; T-2 "Douglas" device; T-3 "Rhino;and the " T-4 "Green Dozer Rhino;" (These "T" designations are quotations from the book.)
I've been meaning to post a question here as to whether these were official designations or did Mr. Zaloga make up these up for convience in his own research. I've never seen them used before in any other reference.
At any rate, the book, "Armored Attack", is IMO an excellent photo reference and a great value. I've already pre-ordered the next volume.