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History of the Turán Medium and Heavy Tanks in World War II

History of the Turán Medium and Heavy Tanks in World War II Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review September 2021 Title History of the Turán Medium and Heavy Tanks in World War II
Author Peter Mujzer Publisher Kagero
Published 2020 ISBN 9788366148956
Format 80 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $24.95

Review

Third in Kagero’s new “In Combat“ series, History of the Turán Medium and Heavy Tanks in World War II recaps its subject in just 80 picture-packed pages.

Hungarian armored forces required a heavier, more powerful, and more capable vehicle than the Toldi light tank. And of available designs, the Turán proved the best – and most accessible.

Available in North America from Casemate, author Peter Mujzer’s handy handbook tells the total tale: Hungary’s license acquisition of the Czech design — and Turán development, production, derivatives, and combat.

Translation to English, however, often sounds clumsy. And text sometimes presumes knowledge of Hungarian history.

How many readers know, for instance, what “k. und k.” means?

Dozens of illustrations season the study: period photos, color profiles, scale drawings, tech-manual excerpts, and maps.

But I personally consider colorized B&W photos, despite artist ability, historically dishonest. And exactly what scale(s) are those plans?

Concerns aside, History of the Turán Medium and Heavy Tanks in World War II remains illuminating and informative. I enjoyed it.

My sincere thanks to Casemate for this review sample!