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Churchill Vol 1
GunPower No 26 - AJ Press

by Leszek Moczulski

Reviewed by Al Bowie



Churchill Vol 1– Gunpower No 26



Media and Contents:

Soft Cover A4 portrait style with 176 pages including Colour plates and B&W and colour photos with scale drawings plus extensive historical data presented in a bilingual format (Polish/English)



Review Type:

First Read


Superb collection of photos supported by excellent scale drawings and a good History of the Churchills development and Specialist Variants. Many new photos


Soft Cover (Makes it hard to scan!) . The plans are mislabelled in scale, they are actually 35th


Highly Recommended


AJ Press Military Publications



The Churchill, or to give it its official title Tank, Infantry Mk IV, A20 (and the later A22 (Mk VII) was the last and probably the most important of the British Second World War Infantry tanks. It was produced in Many Variants of the standard Gun tank plus it was adapted in a wide range of specialist armoured engineering roles. Over 5600 were produced during the war and as an infantry tank it was second to none.


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References on the Churchill are few and far between which is surprising given the breadth of service in amazing roles and the importance it played in British Armoured operations during WW2. This book is apparently Volume one of three on the subject and will be welcomed eagerly by modellers and Historians alike. 

This volume covers the following subjects:

  • Chapter One- Development of the Churchill tank
    • The A20 tank Design
    • Vauxhall’s A22 tank
    • Design and development of the Churchill tank
      • First prod Variants
      • Churchill Mk III
      • Churchill Mk IV
      • Churchill Mk V
      • Churchill Mk VI and a 75mm gun
      • Super Churchill
      • Churchill NA 75
      • Black Prince
  • Chapter Two – Special Variants of the Churchill tank
    • Flamethrowers
      • Crocodile
      • Oke
      • Other Flamethrower tanks
    • Combat Engineer variants of the Churchill
      • AVRE
      • MK II SBG AVRE
      • Carpet layers
      • Mine Clearing tanks
      • Bridge Laying tanks
      • Tanks Carrying explosive- minefield detonators
    • Engineering and Recovery Vehicles
      • Light Carrot
      • Onion
      • Goat Mk III
      • Elevatable Goat
      • Churchill with Bangalore torpedos
      • CDL (Canal Defence Lights)
      • ARV
  • Chapter Three
    • Gun carrier 3 in Churchill Mk 1
  • Chapter Four
    • production
  • Scale Plans
  • Colour plates

The first Chapter deals with the development of the Churchill from its start in 1939 through to the end of the war and beyond. It covers the major variants including sections on the NA 75 and Black prince with photos I had not seen before despite owning most of the published reference on the subject. The pages are split into columns with polish text on the left and English on the right.

In the second chapter, which makes up the bulk of the book, the specialist variants are covered and again are supported by excellent photos of the major specialist variants and a lot of the minor ones. Chapter three is a small one devoted to the 3 “ gun carrier variant and has a lot of good photos of this rare variant.

The scale plans section follows with a series of 1;35th  scale plans (despite being labelled 1:50th )of the following variants:

  • Mk I
  • Mk II, and
  • Mk III

Following on from this is a collection of colour plates of 3D models of the same subjects but in colours and markings:

  • Mk 1”Titania” of 48 Bn RTR early 42
  • Mk II unknown unit with many different angles of the turret shown
  • Mk III unknown unit in SCC 15 with many different Turret angles

In all there are 26 pages of colour plates covering almost all details of the variants listed. These are an excellent reference to the modeller.

Given that AFV club is shortly to release a kit of the Churchill Mk III this book is timely particularly as AFV are wont to do whole families of the subject. This book is a modellers dream with stunningly clear photos covering a multitude of different variants and details. All of this is backed up by informative and detailed histories with superb scale drawings and  colour plates of 3D models.
I thoroughly recommend this book to modellers, historians and fans of British Armour in WW2. I eagerly await Vol 2 and 3 (and many AFV kits)