Hitler's Panzers Images of War (英語) ペーパーバック – 2007/1/19
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Using previously unpublished photographs, many of which have come from the albums of individuals who took part in the war, Hitlers Panzers presents a unique visual account of Germany at arms.
The book analyses the development of the Panzer and shows how it became Hitlers supreme weapon. It describes how the Germans carefully built up their assault forces utilizing all available reserves and resources and making them into effective killing machine.
From the Panzerkampfwagen.1 to the most powerful tank of the Second World War, the Jagdtiger, the volume depicts how these machines were adapted and up-gunned to face the ever-increasing enemy threat.
Hitlers Panzers is a unique sight into the full workings of the various light tanks, main battle tanks, self-propelled assault guns and tank destroyers. It is a vivid and fully illustrated account of the development and deployment of the German tank and brings together a captivating glimpse at the cutting edge of World War Two military technology.
After forgoing my disappointment, I finally realized this book was pretty good. The photos and their captions were pretty good and should satisfy many readers. The narrative, though brief, was good also. It covered the different variants, production numbers, types of engines, speeds through the gears, power to weight ratios and inherent weaknesses. Being under gunned and thin armor were consistently mentioned for the early panzers.
It will show you what armor was used to defeat Poland and France and it will also show how this same armor wasn't sufficient to take on Stalin's new tanks. (I still am surprised Hitler waited so long before producing a heavy panzer.)
If your main interest is heavy German armor you might be disappointed but if you're looking for good photos of a broad spectrum of panzers or looking to study the evolution of German panzers, this photo book would make a nice introduction or supplement.
The chapters in the book are:
1. Development and Training
4. Panzerkampfwagen.38 (t)
7. Panzerkampfwagen.VI Tiger
8. Panzerkampfwagen.V Panther
9. The Sturmgeschuetz
10. Tank Destroyers and Self-Propelled Guns
Each chapter includes a brief description of the vehicles, their variants, production, and uses.
Later production models, the Pz.Kpfw.IV, Pz.Kpfw.V Panther, and the Pz.Kpfw.VI Tiger, are given slightly more coverage than the earlier models.
There is some overlap between this book and an earlier book in this series by the same author, "Panzer-Divisions at War 1939-1945", but they are more complementary to each other than duplicative.
Overall, the book is a fine photographic introduction to the use of Panzers in World War II.