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German Tanks of World War II

German Tanks of World War II Book Review

By Ray Mehlberger

Date of Review September 2007 Title German Tanks of World War II
Author Dr. Stephen Hart & Dr. Russell Hart Publisher Barnes & Noble Publishing
ISBN 0-76071-581-5 MSRP (USD) $14.98

Review

If there is a type of book that I personally love it is one that is heavily illustrated with pictures. This one that I recently found on the sale table at Barnes & Noble sure fits the bill.

It is a hard-bound book in 8 ¾” x 11 ½” format of 176 pages. It is a detailed directory which includes all the main German tracked armored fighting vehicles and their variants that fought in WWII.

Vehicles featured in the book are:

  • Pz.kpfw.I & II
  • Marder I, II & III
  • Pz.kpfw.35(t) & 38(t)
  • Pz.kpfw.III & StuG. III
  • Pz.kpfw.IV & Jagdpanzer IV
  • Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer
  • Pz.kpfw.V Panther & Jagdpanther
  • Pz.kpfw.VI Tiger & King Tiger
  • Pz.kpfw.II Luchs
  • “Maus” heavy experimental tank
  • Sturmpanzer IV “Brummbar”
  • Sturmpanzer VI “Sturmtiger”
  • “Nashorn”
  • Panzerjager Tiger (p) “Elefant”
  • “Wespe”
  • “Hummel”

There are 78 black and white photos in the book. Full color illustrations include 13 views showing the front and sides, 20 side profiles, 2 rear and side view and three cutaway drawings of the Stug. III Ausf. A, the Tiger I-E and the King Tiger B. There is also a three-view color illustration of the Panther Ausf. D. Each of these illustrations has a block beneath it with specifications for that vehicle.

The book has 16 pages of information tables at the rear of it, along with a page of bibliography and an index.

Although the two authors share the same last name, it is not mentioned if they are related or not.

Dr. Stephen Hart is a senior lecturer in the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy , Sandhurst, England. He specializes in the British Army in WWII , particularly the 1944 campaign in Normandy. He currently lives in the south of England.

Dr. Russell Hart is a senior lecturer in the Department of History at Ohio State University. He specializes in the British and German Armies in WWII. He currently lives in Ohio.

This book is very inexpensively priced and should be of interest to WWII historians, armor buffs and modelers. The camouflage shown on the majority of the color illustrations will be a great reference for finishing those German armor kits.

Highly recommended.

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