The “Camera On” series under features rare images, all from German sources and the majority from private collections of ordinary German soldiers of the period. “Camera On 17” is the second volume of images of the SD.KFZ.7. – Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: Camera On - 17, DS.KFZ.7 Mittlerer Zugkraftwagen 8t, Vol.2 FILE: R3192 AUTHOR: Alan Ranger PUBLISHER: Mushroom Model Publications, MMP BINDING: soft back PRICE: £15.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, World War Two, Second World War, German Army, personnel carriers, gun tractors, half tracks, Blitz Krieg, Lightning War, all arms warfare, mechanized warfare ISBN: 978-8365958-52-5 PAGES: 80 IMAGE: B3192.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y2htjoto LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The “Camera On” series under features rare images, all from German sources and the majority from private collections of ordinary German soldiers of the period. “Camera On 17” is the second volume of images of the SD.KFZ.7. – Very Highly Recommended.
The Blitz Krieg concept depended on an all arms fast moving mobile task force. The Battle Tanks may have been the spearhead of the force but they could not have achieve their objectives without having infantry in all terrain vehicles capable of keeping up with the tanks and towing artillery, particularly anti-tank artillery, assault and engineering gun armoured vehicles and self propelled artillery , all moving under the umbrella of ground attack aircraft and fighter aircraft.
One of the critical vehicle types, the soft skin Sd.Kfz. 7, 8 ton middle half-track has received very little attention. From 1937 to 1945, some 13,600 units were produced and used on all battle fronts. The Wehrmacht depended heavily on these vehicles which were used to carry infantry, and gun crews, while towing artillery, but also for logistics transport. One of the little known parts of the vehicle’s history was that BREDA in Italy produced 200 under license and even Vauxhall in the |UK produced a version.
As warfare continued to develop, many of the roles of the Sd.Kfz were taken over by armoured vehicles, some built on tank chassis and some as half-tracks, but the Sd Kfz continued to serve as a stalwart. Variants were produced, sometimes as field modifications to mount anti-tank or anti-aircraft guns on trainable mounts as viable stop gaps to fill the many holes in arms production as the Anglo-Amercian bombing campaign disrupted and destroyed German factories.
This very affordable volume will appeal to an extended readership beyond the enthusiasts and modellers who always snap up books in this series