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Panzerjager on the Battlefield

ISBN Number:
978-615-5583-07-0
Published:
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Publisher:
PeKo Publishing Kft.
Retail Price:
EU 25
Reviewed By:
Danny Egan

Panzerjager on the Battlefield

 

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PeKo Publishing from Hungary is gaining a reputation for publishing some excellent references. This latest title is no exception. In a large-f0rmat hardcover, the author brings us 101 photos, many previously unpublished, of the self-propelled antitank guns of the German Army of WW2. Vehicles covered include: 

Panzerjager I

Marder I

Marder II

Marder III (all three major variants)

Nashorn

Elefant/Ferdinand

Stug III

Stug IV

The photographs are reproduced in a very high quality format, almost always covering an entire large page, so there is ample opportunity to pick out all the details. The author has a brief introduction in which he clarifies the nomenclature of each vehicle, provides some background on why it was produced,and gives production statistics. Then it's on to the photos, the captions of which provide additional details. 

Here's a Panzerjager I with some serious mud on the suspension

 

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The "Marder II", perhaps not really called that name, undergoing gun maintenance

 

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Another Marder, on the pzkw-II chassis, with an unusual national marking

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A 38(t)-based Marder, in a very interesting photo full of character 

 

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A Waffen-SS Marder III H, driving through a Soviet village

 

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A Nashorn, again with some major mud; you can hardly see the wheels!

 

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The ubiquitous Stug-III, but this one has a very prominent crew marking and the rare L/43 gun with single-baffle muzzle brake

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An oddball: a Stug-IV, but with zimmerit on the schurzen and Pzkw-IV G drive sprockets. This would make a great model. 

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 Another Stug IV, thoroughly destroyed in 1945

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Pretty much the ultimate Panzerjager, the Ferdinand, on it's way to Kursk in 1943.  

 

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Conclusion

Terrific collection of high-quality photos of the whole range of German antitank SPGs; many new photos; many 'oddballs' such as the Stug-IV shown above. No downsides really - if you are into WW2 German self-propelled guns you will want this book. I suspect it will inspire many new models.  

 

Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.

Thanks goes out to PeKo Publishing for this review sample.

Reviewed by Danny Egan

 

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