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History of the 40/43M Zrínyi Assault Howitzer

History of the 40/43M Zrínyi Assault Howitzer Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review February 2022 Title History of the 40/43M Zrínyi Assault Howitzer
Author Peter Mujzer Publisher Kagero
Published 2021 ISBN 9788366673373
Format 64 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $26.95

Review

Hungarian military vehicle historian Peter Mujzer deftly distills the History of the 40/43M Zrínyi Assault Howitzer in the eighth installment of Kagero’s picture-packed “In Combat” range.

Available in North America from Casemate, Mujzer’s handy handbook recaps the WWII vehicle’s development, deployment, and disposition in just 60 pages across four succinct sections:

  • design & production
  • unit organization
  • operational history
  • camouflage & markings

Based on the Turán medium tank of Czechoslovak design, Hungary’s Zrínyi II provided the Royal Hungarian Army with a modern assault howitzer during the conflict.

A great modeling guide for your 1:35 Bronco or 1:72 IBG kit, Kagero’s succinct, lavishly illustrated study sports period photos, color profiles, line drawings of annoyingly indeterminate scales, close-ups, and archival excerpts.

Extended, explanatory captions accompany most images. And a selected bibliography – of mostly Hungarian sources – concludes contents.

But I deeply dislike Mujzer’s habit of including colorized B&W shots. I’d rather have another action illustration like Arkadiusz Wrobel’s terrific cover painting.

Don’t expect an easy read, either. Mujzer’s compact compendium sports clumsy prose, gawky diction errors, and strange tense shifts.

But I metaphorically cry “hungry” – with two loaves of bread beneath each arm!

Awkward English notwithstanding, it’s still English. And this Hungarian-American reviewer remains thankful it isn’t his maddeningly cognate-free ancestral tongue.

I can at least glean Kagero’s meaning in its History of the 40/43M Zrínyi Assault Howitzer!

Recommended!

My sincere thanks to Casemate for this review sample!