It is easy to understand why the Tank Craft series has become so popular. This addition to the series features nicely researched and presented text, with some outstanding images and an authoritative review of available model kits. – Highly Recommended
NAME: Tank Craft 18, Panther Tanks, German Army and Waffen-SS Defence of the West, 1945 FILE: R2879 AUTHOR: Denis Oliver PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Tank Craft BINDING: soft back PAGES: 64 PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: World War 2, World War II, WWII, Second World War, Great Patriotic War, Western Front, German Army, Allied Armies, Panzers, fighting retreat, weather conditions, armour, medium tanks, tank technology, Panther Tank, PkwV
IMAGE: B2879.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y3e9e73n LINKS: DESCRIPTION: It is easy to understand why the Tank Craft series has become so popular. This addition to the series features nicely researched and presented text, with some outstanding images and an authoritative review of available model kits. – Highly Recommended The Panther tank has been described as the best armoured fighting vehicle of WWII. It was certainly a significant advance on the Pkw IV and designed specifically to counter the Soviet T-34. It combined an effective 75mm anti-tank gun with a well sloped and thick frontal and turret armour. Its weight was distributed by wide tracks and overlapping road wheels. It had a good power to weight ratio and this all made it a fast all-terrain tank with good hitting power as a hard to kill target. It also included much advanced technology. Whether this all added up to justifying any claim that it really was the best tank of the war is arguable. Against its many attributes, it was late, available in relatively small numbers and frequently suffered reliability problems resulting from its many advanced features and the need to rush as many Panther tanks as possible to the front line with the greatest speed. However it was still good enough for France to seize many Panthers to use in their own service after WWII until they could start producing their own post war designs, often incorporating features in their own new tank development. This book is aimed particularly at the model makers, but the originality and quality of its illustration, together with very good concise text, make this a very attractive and low cost addition to the library of any military history enthusiasts. As always in this series, the model-specific content is comprehensive and very well presented with high quality full colour images. This covers not only kits of the Panther, but also of the specialist parts offerings that turn an interesting model into an outstanding competition grade model.