Panther: Panther and Jagdpanther Units - The Eastern Front from Operation Bagration to Berlin Part 2
Dennis Oliver and Stephen Andrew bring us Part 2 of their history of Panther and Jagdpanther units on the eastern front in the last year of the war. This is a 32-page, 8.5" X 11" book that at first might appear to be a little thin. Make no mistake, however, this little book has a very high density of information targeted straight at the tank modeler. There are 28 period black-and-white photos, 12 full color vehicle paintings, and four full color crewman paintings.
This book provides a history of the major units that employed the Panther and Jagdpanther. There is a short operational history of each unit, accompanied by period photos and color plates. Below, a typical set of pages. Each battalion is given a one to two page treatment, accompanied by photos of tanks from that unit, with their features pointed out.
To give some idea of how densely packed this little book is, page 2 is a table listing every unit that had the Panther, with their date and location of initial formation.
The 12 color plates showing some of the units described in the text are excellent. The authors really put in the effort both on the research side and in calling out those little details that we tank geeks love to get right. It's great to see the color plates next to the photos upon which they are based.
The crewmen are not neglected in the text or artwork; four color plates provide samples of typical uniforms.
Another 'typical' page showing a very late Panther with the camouflage loops on the turret sides.
Although I would not go so far as to label myself a Panther fanatic, I do build them. Most of the photos were new to me, as was much of the operational history. The format of this book is targeted squarely at Panther modelers, so, if you aren't one, you probably won't find this of interest. if you are into Panthers or Jagdpanthers, however, this is an excellent, efficient resource to have on your shelf. I would look forward to additional work in this series.
Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders; Very Highly Recommended for Panther fans.
Thanks goes out to Bookworld Publishing for this review sample.
Reviewed by Danny Egan
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