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PeKo Publishing- PANZERWAFFE ON THE BATTLEFIELD 3

ISBN Number:
9786155583674
Published:
Friday, June 10, 2022
Publisher:
PeKo Publishing Kft.
Retail Price:
$41.95
Reviewed By:
Phillip Cavender

Front Cover - Panther Ausf. G

Back Cover - Pz. II Ausf. L

 

Arriving on the market in April 2022 is Peko Publishing's latest edition to their World War II Photobook Series, PANZERWAFFE ON THE BATTLEFIELD 3 Volume 23  in the battlefield series. Authored by the acclaimed and prolific writer on military history Peter Barnaky, provides the reader with numerous photographs previously unseen or unpublished from the collections of Peter Kocsis and the Archive of Modern Conflict.

This 9.3 x 11.6-inch landscaped hardbound book contains 112 pages on glossy paper with 105 black and white, clear and crisp images printed one to a page all contain captions in both English and Hungarian languages describing what the reader is viewing. One aspect of the book I did notice was the pages were not numbered thus the reason for not having a contents section. Searching Peko's website, I found this was true for their previous book, PANZERWAFFE ON THE BATTLEFIELD 2.

The author includes a brief one-page introduction with an ending statement I found particularly interesting. It reads, "it is clear that Allied tanks with weaker qualities actually proved to be better than the finest German panzers".

The first image in the book is of an early Pz. Kpfw 1 Ausf.A during the French Campaign northeast of Paris. A tanker can be seen in the turret with a good side view of the tank. In the foreground is a wooden road sign with directions to various cities.

The following image shows the remains of a Panzer II A or B loaded on a flatbed in Belgium. As the image shows, the damage to the tank was devastating probably for the crew as well. 

 

Moving on we see an interesting image of a Pz. II Ausf. L with a view of the tank commander in the turret and the tank's 2cm gun barrel end covered. Debris can be seen on the front glacis and a clear image of a toolbox on the front fender. This photograph is the same image as the book's back cover.

 

The book contains eight pages of tanks in the maintenance yard somewhere on the Eastern Front. In the images are Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf. F's, J's and a Panzerb- efehlswagen I (command version). The following photograph is of a Panzer III J where the damage to the turret and mantlet  are shown.

Further on in the book, the author includes an image of a Pz. Kpfw. III Ausf. H loaded on a trailer towed by a Sd.Kfz. 9 Famo.  This too would make an interesting diorama or vignette.  The markings of the 10 Panzer Division can be seen.

 

After images of Panzers I, II and III the next image we see is the front and side view of a Pz. Kpfw. IV Ausf. C with a clear view of a soldier disembarking from the side.  The author draws the reader's attention to details seen in the image such as the rain guard above the driver's visor.

With several images of Panzer IV Ausf. C, E, F1 and G versions presented, the author's next photograph he includes in the book is an excellent diorama subject of a Panther Ausf. D, with the crew atop the rear hull performing engine repairs. The date for the photograph is winter 1943-1944.

Another detailed and interesting image is that of a Panther Ausf. G's turret where views of the zimmerit and gun mantlet are seen.  The author's caption states this is an earlier version.

 

Next up are several images of the Pz.Kpfw. Tigers all in various surroundings and conditions.  The following image is a Tiger tank with winter camouflage paint and the crew obviously enjoying a meal. The author draws the viewer's attention to the first road wheel removed.

Four pages follow in the book containing images of the Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) in Crimea and on the Eastern Front. One image would also make an excellent diorama as it sits between bushes. See the image below.

The next seven pages consist of images of the iconic StuG III Ausf. B, F, G, and a StuG IV, and as with all images the author describes in detail what the reader is viewing. One fascinating image is of a StuG III Ausf. G where we see the crew, has placed a motorcycle on the vehicle.  See the image below.  This too would make an interesting diorama subject matter.

Rounding out the book are several pages of photographs of vehicles such as the Marder II Ausf. D and H, the 15 cm Hummel self-propelled howitzer, various versions of the Sd.Kfz 223, 222, and 231, the Sd. Kfz 7 Half-track and the Sd.Kfz. 10 towing vehicle.  Representing the Sd.Kfz 7 Half-track is an image of one loaded onto a railroad flatcar. See the photograph below. 

In Summary:

The author has provided in this book an array of images of vehicles used by the Panzerwaffe during WWII all representing vehicles in various states and conditions. Some as knocked out and damaged, and even a few showed Allied soldiers inspecting them. Although this book is not a complete photographic history, it does provide a sampling of unpublished photographs which would benefit the military historian and the modeler as an avenue for inspiration. The author's in-depth descriptions also enhance the reader's enjoyment. The lack of page numbering also did not detract from the book's value.

Additionally, an immense amount of information can be garnered by the modeler, especially in researching before and during the construction process due to the amount of detail in the images. Most of the photographs are clear and detailed given the period they were taken.  

Highly Recommended for the Beginner to Advanced builders or any military historian.

Thanks go out to Casemate Publishers for this review book.

Reviewed by Phillip Cavender #3060

 

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