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Tankograd: BATUS
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Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 02:55 PM UTC
Henk Meerdink reviews the Tankograd Publishing recent release "BATUS: British Army Training Unit Suffield".

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Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 03:26 PM UTC
Having had a chance to look at the book I found the images very good overall.

I think there is an error in the review......a line in the review reads as follows:

"The vast majority of the vehicles are OPFOR vehicles in the NATO Green and Stone camouflage scheme."

The BATUS "friendly force" vehicles used by the rotating troops are painted in the NATO green and stone camouflage.....not the OPFOR vehicles.

The OPFOR vehicles at BATUS are in fact painted in a shade of a dark brown with camouflage green and reddish brown stripes.

One disappoint I saw in the book was actually the lack of OPFOR vehicle images.....the OPFOR vehicles and troops play a very important role at BATUS and there is literally no coverage of their vehicles in the book.

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Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 05:50 PM UTC
Well spotted Jason, I did indeed slip up on the OPFOR colour scheme. I must have got confused with the Land Warfare School here in Warminster (I live practically next door to Salisbury Plain), where the OPFOR forces do use the Green and Stone scheme. (I have edited this in the review, thanks for the heads up Jason)

The BATUS OPFOR scheme is indeed mentioned in the book, but only in one sentence... I overlooked it, until I just went to look for it specifically.