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Pz.Kpfw.IV Family

Pz.Kpfw.IV Family Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2013 Title Pz.Kpfw.IV Family
Author Marek Jaszczolt, Jacek Pasieczny, Slawomir Zajaczkowski Publisher Kagero
Published 2013 ISBN 978-8362878475
Format 18 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $16.95


Kagero is a prolific publisher of great military historical references, especially in World War II subjects. This latest release is out of the 'mini TOPCOLORS' series with this one being number 32 in the series. These titles contain a number of nicely detailed color profiles of selected subjects that no doubt come from their research of other titles. What's especially nice about these series is that Kagero provides decals for each of the subjects covered in this title in all three 'standard' scales: 1/35, 1/48, and 1/72.

This title covers 16 Panzer IV variants including:

  • Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.F2 (G) coded 1233 of III./Pz.Rg.24, 24th Panzer Division, Russia, summer 1942
  • Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.F2 (G) coded B11 of Pz.Rgt.29, 12th Panzer Division, Ssinjawino, Russia, spring 1943
  • Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G coded 623 of II./Pz.Rgt.15, 11th Panzer Div, Battle of Kursk, Russia, July 1943
  • Befehlswagen IV Ausf.G coded 055 of Stab/SS-Pz.Rgt.1, 1st SS Panzer Div LSSAH, tank commander: SS-Ostubaf. Joachim Peiper, Zhitomir area, Ukraine, Nov 1943
  • Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H/J coded 715 of the 7th company, II./Pz.Rgt. Hermann Göring, 1st Fallschirm-Panzer-Division Hermann Göring, Italy, spring 1944
  • Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H/J coded 511 of II./Pz.Rgt. Großdeutschland, tank commander: Oblt. Hans-Joachim Jung, battle of Târgu Frumos, Romania, 1944
  • Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H coded 813 and named 'Germaine' of II./Pz.Rgt.26, 26th Panzer Div, Lanuvio area, Italy, May 1944
  • Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H coded 821 and named 'Gisela' of an unknown unit, Eastern Front, 1944
  • Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H coded 531 of II./Pz.Rgt.16, 116th Panzer Div, Normandy, August 1944
  • Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.J coded 732 of II./SS-Pz.Rgt.3, 3rd SS Panzer Div Totenkopf, Warsaw, August 1944
  • Sturmpanzer IV coded 8 of Stu.Pz.Abt.217, Aachen area, autumn 1944
  • Panzer IV/70 (A) coded 223 of II./Pz.Rgt. Großdeutschland attached to the Führer-Begleit-Brigade, Trier, Germany, January 1945
  • Sturmgeschütz IV coded 214 of an unknown unit, Eastern Front, winter of 1944-1945
  • Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.J coded 831 of II./Pz.Rgt.31, 5th Panzer Division, Königsberg area, East Prussia, March 1945,
  • Panzer IV/70 (V) coded 522 of an unknown unit, Germany, May 1945
  • Befehlswagen Panzer IV/70 (V) coded 101 of s.H.Pz.Jg.Abt.655, Oldenburg, Germany, May 1945

P-38 Lightning

The descriptions of each subject is provided in English and Polish and these color profiles are very nicely done. The decals are printed by Cartograf so you know the quality is there as well.

With distinctive subjects each in all three scales, the modeler can have a nicely produced reference AND decals all for about the same price the average decal sheet these days.

My sincere thanks to Kagero for this review sample!