Zrínyi II Assault Howitzer Book Review
|Date of Review||January 2016||Title||Zrínyi II Assault Howitzer|
|Author||Attila Bonhardt||Publisher||PeKo Publishing|
|Format||120 pages, hardbound||MSRP (USD)||$41.95|
Based on the Turán medium tank of Czechoslovak design, Hungary’s Zrínyi II provided the Royal Hungarian Army with a modern assault howitzer during World War II.
Now it’s the subject of a compact, heavily illustrated monograph in PeKo Publishing’s new “Armour of the Royal Hungarian Army” series – available in North America from Casemate.
Coverage commences with a densely informative, 12-page introduction recapping the vehicle’s design, development and deployment.
Don’t skip this section. Notes on armament, performance, protection, crew dispositions and chassis design provide key details. And remarks on political, tactical and strategic issues contribute critical context.
Over 100 pages of Zrínyi II photos with extended captions follow. Here you’ll find over 110 pretty pictures packed with details. Now I know why forward Zrínyi “bumper” wheels often appeared shiny.
Hungary produced only enough Zrínyi II assault howitzers to equip two Assault Artillery Battalions. But as author Attila Bonhardt notes, it proved the “most successful Hungarian combat vehicle program”.
Tackling Bronco’s 1:35-scale Zrínyi II? You need this book!
My sincere thanks to Casemate for this review sample!