Firepower for the Panzer Divisions

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A new book by Thomas Anderson describes the artillery support for advancing tanks and infantry.

Panzerartillerie units were an essential part of the German Panzer divisions during World War II, providing vital artillery support for advancing tanks and infantry.

Prior to the 1930s, almost all artillery weapons were pulled by motor vehicles, horses, and even soldiers, but the need to keep pace with advancing armoured units necessitated their transformation into self-propelled guns. The weight of the guns and the strength of their recoil posed significant technical challenges to this development, and experimentation and refinement continued throughout the war.

In this volume, armour expert Thomas Anderson outlines the theory and development behind these guns and the hard-run race to match production to meet the wartime needs of the Wehrmacht. Drawing on rare archive resources, he demonstrates how tests and after-action reports influenced the guns’ official development, but also explains how other suitable chassis would be adopted in the field, including those of captured enemy tanks.

The text is supported by a wealth of images which make it a fantastic resource for modellers. The book is published on 21 March 2019.

  • Osprey Publishing
  • £30
  • ISBN 978-1-4728-2024-2
  • Hardback

 

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