Book Review: Panzers Forward


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19 December 2019
Robert J Edwards

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While the subtitle of this book: A Photo History of German Armor in World War II, might lead you to expect an IMAGES OF WAR style production, there’s a lot more text and detail than that. This is a chronological look at the use of armour by Germany and Axis forces, from Poland and France, to the Balkans, North Africa, Italy, the Eastern Front and the final battles on the Western Front in Europe. There’s a well-written history of each campaign which, while obviously not in depth, does set the scene for what armour was dispatched to the combat zone. Then there are photos of the armour arriving, in action and often captured or abandoned. The interesting thing is the amount of detail in the captions with the author really explaining what you are seeing in detail.
The design isn’t very modern and it’s all mono, but for just under £20 this is a good value book that provides an interesting overview of the use of Axis armour in WWII.

• Stackpole Books
• ISBN 978-0-8117-3770-8 
• 292 pages • Softcover • £19.95

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Reviewed in The Armourer February 2020 issue