By Chris McNab
From the light Panzer I that rolled into Poland to the monstrous Tiger II that fought on both Eastern and Western fronts in Europe, this is the story of the development of German tanks up to the end of WWII. There are chapters on light panzers, Panzer III, Panzer IV, Panther medium tank, Tiger I heavy tank, King Tiger and Panzer crews. Although the introduction sets the scene and explains some of the developments to come, the chapters listed discuss tank development, deployment and performance during WWII. It’s all printed on very glossy, high quality paper, with colour photos amongst the copious monochrome photography.
The initial German tanks weren’t technologically advanced so when they ran into the T-34 during Operation Barbarossa they were woefully underequipped, leading to the development of Panther and Tiger tanks. For anyone interested in German armour, it’s a must-have overview.
• Osprey Publishing
• ISBN 978-1-4728-3976-3
• 340 pages • Hardback • £30
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