“M7 Priest: Rare Photographs from Wartime” by David Doyle

I have been unable to get any models built in the past month as we have been out of the house while getting some renovations done, and then we were overseas for three weeks on a most excellent holiday! So I am missing my hobby a bit and getting itchy fingers.

But luckily I can still read and write. My latest reading material is about another awesome Allied design from World War Two, the M7 Priest. It was a powerful 105mm howitzer placed on a Sherman hull, used for supporting infantry and attacks with some heavy firepower. It was used very effectively during the war and even after in later conflicts. I had just purchased two Priest kits made by Unimodel so it was excellent timing that I had this book for inspiration for when I actually get around to building them. Plastic kits of the Priest in 1/72 scale are very hard to find, and I think Unimodel must be one of the only manufacturers.  The Plastic Soldier Company make a Sexton, and I think Revell do a 1/76 scale Priest, but Unimodel maybe the only 1/72 scale producer.

Anyway the book is full of fantastic pictures, as the main title “Images of war” suggests. It does detail the design and development stages of the Priest, plus some specifications and performance of the vehicle. But most of all there are many, many shots of the tank in action in many different situations. They were used in multiple roles from blasting strong points, longer range artillery and even transporting troops. The main design was constant but details were fiddled with over the years and these slight differences are illustrated very well throughout the many photos.

If you have an interest in this particular vehicle or you are planning to build one in small scale this book is a great source of visual inspiration. I will be picking a couple of pictures out to use to base my kits on when my Priest models get to the front of the queue. I was very happy to add this book to my growing collection of reference material for military vehicles from World War Two. If you like tanks you will enjoy this book.

5 thoughts on ““M7 Priest: Rare Photographs from Wartime” by David Doyle

  1. Was thinking I hadn’t heard from you for a while, so hope you enjoyed the holiday! I might just have to get this book, since in theory I’d like an M7 for late war Pacific and Yuogoslav partisans believe it or not. I think Italeri do a two-kits-in-a-box fast build M7 that I might go for, although I know you like “proper” kits! 🙂

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  2. Welcome back mate ,always good to have a holiday ,I like do like the M7 but I’ll pass on the book purchase as I don’t need any more distraction than I have at the moment ,Ha ha, It’s cold and wet here at the moment so I’m indoors paint with a fury so I hope to have something on the blog showing I haven’t been idle .

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