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Tanks of Hitler’s Eastern Allies 1941–45

Tanks of Hitler’s Eastern Allies 1941–45 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review June 2013 Title Tanks of Hitler’s Eastern Allies 1941–45
Author Steven J. Zaloga Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2013 ISBN 9781780960203
Format 48 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $17.95


The matchless Steven J. Zaloga returns with a superb study of WWII Eastern Front Axis armor.

Tanks of Hitler's Eastern Allies 1941–45 – one tick shy of "bicentennial" status in Osprey's acclaimed "New Vanguard" series – tells the titanic tale from the perspective of Nazi Germany's co-belligerents.

And what a superb story it is.  After a brief introduction, coverage recaps the operational histories of Romanian, Hungarian, Italian, Russian Liberation Army (ROA), Finnish, Croatian, Bulgarian and Slovak armored forces.

Photos, extended captions and color plates flavor this enormously entertaining effort.  That Hungarian M3 Stuart nearly gave me whiplash!  And the whole, indexed account ends with Zaloga's typically helpful "further reading" notes.

I loved Osprey's brilliant little book.  Make it your introduction to this spellbinding subject.

Strongly recommended.

My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!