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Pen & Sword- Images of War: Hitlers Anti-Tank Guns

ISBN Number:
666
Published:
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Publisher:
Pen and Sword Books
Retail Price:
22.95
Reviewed By:
Chuck Willis

Images Of War:

Hitler's Anti-Tank Weapons

1939-1945

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Pen & Sword Publishers must never get any rest or vacation time when learning how quickly they are churning out top-notch publications with this latest book being no exception. "Hitler's Anti-Tank Weapons, 1939-1945" is their latest offering which covers the evolution of Germany's anti-tank development with plenty of pictures and excellent text that give the reader a general understanding of Germany's weapons that were developed from the pre-WW2 days till the end of the Reich. 

Each chapter begins with approximately two pages of introduction to the specific chapter subject, in brief but informative detail followed by wartime era photographs.

 

Release date: May 2020

Page count: 128

Photo/illustration count: 250 (mostly photographs, few illustrations.)

Size: 9.5 x 7.5 inches, in a paperback cover 

 

Contents

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Chapter One

Early Years (1939–41) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Chapter Two

Operations in Russia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Chapter Three

Stop-Gap Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Chapter Four

1943 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Chapter Five

The End . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Appendix I

Popular Towed Anti-Tank Guns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Appendix II

Converted Anti-Tank Guns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

Appendix III

Hand-Held Anti-Tank Weapons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

 

The author keenly divided the book into five chapters, all which contain excellent, numerous not or seldom seen photos, along with accompanying, informative text.

 

CHAPTER 1: Early Years (1939–41)

 

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Several pictures include closeups of the particular gun which is an invaluable resource for those modelers who scratchbuild or add missing or inaccurate detail.

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CHAPTER 2: Operations In Russia

 

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Now here's a rarely seen photo of a Pak 36 being taken apart for repair and maintenance.

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Plenty of great photographs to feed the modelers' imagination when planning for the next project.

 

Chapter 3: Stop-Gap Solutions

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This publication provides plenty of photographs that are in focus and highlight plenty of detail on the guns, uniforms and surrounding environment.

 

Chapter 4: 1943

 

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While nearly all the photographs are in focus, there are a few that are not, but due to the rarity of the photographed subject, the publisher smartly included them.

 

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Now this is an ideal photograph for anyone wanting to build and paint camo on an Ausf. D,  Sd. Kfz. 251/22.

 

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Chapter 5: The End

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There are a number of photographs contained in this book that I personally haven't seen before; a number of them that, after careful review, are quite unusual. In the above photograph, the Schwimmwagen appears to have balloon type tires normally seen on DAK vehicles.

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The results of parking in a bad neighborhood.

 

Appendix I

Popular Towed Anti-Tank Guns

Brief description of the following:

PaK 36 (Panzerabwehrkanone 36)

PaK 38 (L/60) (5cm Panzerabwehrkanone 38 (L/60))

PaK 97/38 (7.5cm Panzerabwehrkanone 97/38 and
7.5cm Panzerja¨gerkanone 97/38)

PaK 40 (7.5cm Panzerabwehrkanone 40)

PaK 43 (Panzerabwehrkanone 43 and Panzerja¨gerkanone 43)

 

Appendix II

Converted Anti-Tank Guns

This publication provides a brief description of the following:

Panzerja¨ ger I (4.7cm PaK on Pz.Kpfw.I chassis)

Marder I (7.5cm PaK on captured French chassis, the Lorraine 37L)

Marder II (7.5cm PaK, or from captured Soviet 76.2mm gun on Pz.kpfw II chassis)

Marder II (7.5cm PaK, or from captured Soviet 76.2mm gun on Pz.kpfw II chassis)

Marder III (7.5cm PaK, or reused Soviet 76.2mm gun on Czech-built Pz.Kpfw.38(t) chassis)

Hornisse/Nashorn (Nashorn 8.8cm PaK 43 (L/71) Panzerkampfwagen III/IV
(Sd.Kfz.164))

Elefant (Panzerja¨ger Tiger (P) Elefant)

Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer

Jagdpanther

Jagdpanzer IV

Jagdtiger

 

Appendix III

Hand-Held Anti-Tank Weapons

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For those having a need to arm a Panzerfaust 60, this publication provides the original instructions, in German of course, to prepare taking on some tracked targets.

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Conclusion:

Having reviewed several books from the Images of War series for AMPS and personal purchases, I have found this series of books to be excellent in the quality of information provided, layout and format of the series, and loaded with many excellent quality wartime era photographs, many that have not been widely seen. This particular offering is an exceptional value for the money, both to the modeler who is looking for a good, concise history of Germany's anti-tank development, evolution and uses in various combat environments and the military historian and enthusiast. For the modeler, the excellent choices of photographs provide many diorama and vignette possibilities. For the all around military historian and enthusiast, while this offering is certainly not exhaustive, again, it provides a clear, concise and descriptive history of Germany's anti-tank development during WW2.  For both the modeler and military enthusiast, reserving a half inch space in the bookshelf for this one is a good investment. 

 Highly Recommended for modelers of all skill levels, military historians and anti-tank enthusiasts.

Thanks goes out to Casemate and Pen & Sword publications for this review product.

Reviewed by Chuck Willis

 

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