9. Panzer Division Book Review
by Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||September 2011||Title||9. Panzer Division|
|Author||Marek Kruik and Radostaw Szewczyk||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||144 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£19.99|
Mushroom Model Publication (MMP) is based in the Uk. They have all their books printed in Sandomieraz, Poland by Stratus Publications in the English language. Stratus also prints their own books in Polish. I received this book from Stratus in a very well padded envelope.
This latest book in the acclaimed MMP Green Series is a volume on the 9th Panzer Division. This unit was formed in January 1940 from the 4th Leichte-Division. It took part in the campaign in the West, fighting in the Netherlands, Belgium and finally France before being transferred to Poland in September 1940. Later, it took part in the campaign in the Balkans before fighting on the southern sector during the invasion of the USSR. It then transferred to the central sector in October 1941 and took part in the summer offensive of 1942 and later in the fighting at Kursk. Subsequently, the unit transferred to the southern sector again in the fall of 1943 and took part in the fighting at the Dnieper where it suffered heavy losses.
The book is soft-cover and 144 pages in length. Page size format is 8 ½” x 11”
This lavishly illustrated book tells the story of this unit and it’s operations. Many previously unpublished photos are included. There are 161 black and white ones and one color one that is the cover art of the book. Included also are 5 battle maps, 5 information charts, an appendices and bibliography. It will prove to be essential reading for armor enthusiasts, WWII historians and modelers.