Ausf A, D & G: Panzer V Panther (Tanks in Detail, 3) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2003/5
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During the invasion of Russia, German armor increasingly had to battle with Russia's superb new T34 medium tanks and the excellent KV1 heavy tank, both of which had better armor and armament than the Panzer III and Panzer IV. The Germans urgently initiated the design of an entirely new medium/heavy tank Project VK3002. A contract to build the Panther was awarded to MAN. It soon gained a reputation as an all-round excellent tank, with over 6,000 being built.
Designed with the modeler, preservationist and the warmer in mind, Ian Allan Publishing's new 'in Detail' series is intended to provide the reader with a comprehensive history of the type of tank, self-propelled propelled gun and military transport featured.
This book covers the best tank of WW2, the Panzer V Panther (hey, no booing from the T-34 crowd!). As always, Jonathan Forty's text is concise, easy to read and absorb. The photos are spectacular. I thought that the Panther was pretty well covered in photos by now, but there were still some pictures in this book that I had never seen before.
We're also treated to many wonderful line drawings that are crisp and easy to discern. Color illustrations depicting camo patterns, identification, etc. is also included. There are plenty of interior photos, engine details, and gun as well as photos of a Panther factory.
There is even a discussion and photos of the "Ersatz M10". This was a conversion performed on some Panthers to make them look like the US M10 tank destroyer so they could slip behind enemy lines as "friendlies" and wreak havoc.
All in all, a great book from a great series of books. Note that this only covers the standard turret versions of the Panther. If you're looking for coverage of the Jagdpanther, you'll have to look into the Tanks In Detail book on Jagdpanzers.