Another addition to the very popular Tank Craft series, taking the Tiger I story on. There is a concise analysis of the tank’s design, development and variants with in-action photographs and specially commissioned full colour drawings and exhibition grade models of a selection of available kits. – Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: Tank Craft 20, Tiger I, German Army Heavy Tank, Eastern Front, Summer 1943 FILE: R3055 AUTHOR: Dennis Oliver PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Tank Craft BINDING: soft back PRICE: £16.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, German Army, Eastern Front, 1943, armour, armoured warfare, Tiger I, heavy tank, reliability, 88mm canon, heavy armour, ground pressure, bridge crossing
IMAGE: B3055.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/tfympl5 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: Another addition to the very popular Tank Craft series, taking the Tiger I story on. There is a concise analysis of the tank's design, development and variants with in-action photographs and specially commissioned full colour drawings and exhibition grade models of a selection of available kits. – Very Highly Recommended. The Tiger I was undoubtedly one of the most important designs of WWII. It has justified many model kits and specialist alternative components and it justifies this carefully presented book with its specially commissioned full colour artwork and models. The Tiger I introduced thick armour equal to Allied tank anti-armour capability, combined with the very potent 88mm canon. To provide adequate mobility, it was necessary to mount a powerful diesel power pack and very wide tracks that required overlapping road wheels to keep ground pressure to acceptable levels. Even so it was too heavy for some bridges on the Eastern Front. It was also demanding in maintenance and repair and especially demanding in terms of tank transporters and battlefield recovery vehicles. In some respects the Tiger I was an interim design. In 1939, the German Army was being required to fight a war planned provisionally for 1944 or later, after weaker neighbours had all be absorbed into the Third Reich. Predominately, the Wehrmacht was being required to fight with light tanks that had been designed as training vehicles and reconnaissance vehicles. This was adequate for the invasion of Poland but it would have been much harder had it not been for the Czech Skoda 38t which was a 38 ton armoured fighting vehicle equipped with good armour, an effective main gun and very good cross country performance. The chassis was still in demand to the end of the war for assault tanks and tank killers. The medium/heavy Pkw III and Pkw IV were a great advance on the Pkw I and Pkw II light tanks but were still being introduced into service during the Battle of France. As the British proved at Arras, the German tanks could be destroyed by the main gun fitted to the Matilda infantry tank, while German shells just bounced off the Matilda's armour. The French also had some very capable tanks that showed similar superiority. Had the British and French used their tanks in mass formations, as the British did at Arras, the Germans might have been stalled as in 1914 and even have been pushed back over their start line in Germany. The Tiger I was hurried through testing and pre-production to enable the first models to be issued to the Afrika Korps and to units on the Eastern Front. It achieved acceptable cross country performance for such a large and heavy machine, but its great strengths were the thickness of armour and the power of the 88mm cannon. It was more than a match or the American Grant and Sherman tanks, until the British began fitting their powerful 17 pounder cannon to Shermans. There continued to be serviceability issues through the life of the Tiger I and batteries proved a special problem on the Eastern Front in the low winter temperatures. The design also provided some shell traps. The Panther medium tank and the Royal Tiger, AKA Tiger II, completed the development upgrades from the Pkw IV, introducing thick sloped armour for turrets and frontal armour. The remaining weakness being the rear armour which was vulnerable to attack aircraft with heavy cannon and to well- sited anti-tank artillery. This book provides useful information for military history enthusiasts in its introduction but the outstanding full colour illustrations are specially important to model makers. The colour drawings have been specially commissioned and the photographed models have been especially commissioned, achieving exhibition standard.