The Almark Publications book was an expensive purchase at only 32 pages, but it felt like a very grown up, technical booklet to my 12 year old self. Of course, in those days, the only readily available German half track was the Airfix SdKfz 7 and 88mm gun, and this little booklet made me wish for some armoured half tracks - see how things have changed! The booklet also covers some pretty exotic bits of kit. Including:
A Famo SdKfz 9 and 88mm anti-aircraft! I'm tempted to do a conversion even now, although I suppose some manufacturer already makes the complete combo.
The other little booklet, by Terence Wise, Battles for Wargamers, World War II, Tunisia, dates from 1973, although I didn't buy it until a decade later (hence the 30/- price tag). A very useful little booklet of 43 pages that gives outline accounts of six key battles, notes for wargaming them, and fold outs:
Each fold out carries a photograph of the relevant action being wargamed (and in a very old school way too), plus a map. What strikes me now about both booklets is the low production values, especially in terms of illustrations, maps and photographs, all of which are frequently indistinct, fuzzy, and certainly lack detail. But the world was young, and peering closely for protracted periods of time was the norm in the long-gone days before electronic media turned us into demanding budgies.
Finally, on the chocolate egg and superheroes front, look at these cheerful chaps: