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Zrínyi II Assault Howitzer

Zrínyi II Assault Howitzer Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review January 2016 Title Zrínyi II Assault Howitzer
Author Attila Bonhardt Publisher PeKo Publishing
Published 2015 ISBN 9786158007238
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!

Robustly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Casemate for this review sample!