BOOK REVIEW: Challenger 2: Photosniper 30
by Dick Taylor.
Another fine photo-infused profile of the series covers the British tank in rivet-counting glory. Oversized at 8.3x11.7 inches, the softcover book contains 196 color photos plus six color profiles (four UK and two Omani camouflage schemes).
Text describes the Challenger 2's design and development, from the prototypes up through the deployed tanks. Every once in a while, you get little gems of information that makes a wargamer wonder. For example: "Experience of ammunition fires during WW2 led to the adoption of the policy...of stowing the propellant charges below the turret ring in the hull inside armored containers, meaning that they are much less likely to be hit than if they were in the turret -- which traditionally takes 2/3 of the hits." (p.31)
The book is meant as a photo guide, so no footnote or bibliography, but I wonder about the source.
In any case, you get photos from all sides, including one showing the bottom of an overturned tank. TO&E information for regiment and squadron level is also in there (p.34). All the camouflage patterns you'd expect are inside, including a photo of 'light stone' camouflage (p.72), presumably for the desert.