I have a thing for certain tanks and armored vehicles. I have over time built a battalion of Elefants to use on the Russian Front and the FT17 in several versions and scales (more on that in a latter post). But for me my favorite is the Rolls Royce Armored Car in all of its versions. It must have stared for me with the movie Lawrence of Arabia, but I have used the Rolls in Egypt in both wars, as well as East Africa, France in The Great War and in Britain in the Very British Civil War.
So I was pleased to see Osprey release their book, The Rolls-Royce Armoured Car by David Fletcher, on the Rolls but not happy with what I received. The book covers the development of the vehicle from 1914 to 1940. It is an AFV that was anything but standard. Changes were made in the field as well as back in the depots and factory. Keeping tack of them is difficult. The author does succeeds in track many of the changes it is the deployment that I find lacking. The author does say that the car was used in India, Africa, mainland Europe and the British Isles but the level of detail on use is limited.
Color patterns are also handled in a haphazard way with the exceptions and more colorful examples shown over the more standard colors. If the book has a saving grace it is the collection of photographs, many of which are new to me. Unfortunately the captions are verbatim from the text so little is added. The bibliography was also complete and has given me a new list of books to find and follow up.
Over I can only give this book 3 out 5. The only way I can see it improving is if a new edition would add additional pages.