Tank Craft 18, Panther Tanks, German Army and Waffen-SS Defence of the West, 1945

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

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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

ISBN: 1-52675-590-4

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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.