Tank Craft 29, Hetzer, Jagdpanzer 38 Tank Destroyer, German Army And Waffen SS, Western Front, 1944-1945

A great addition to the highly popular Tank Craft Series. This book reviews the Skoda 38t in its Hetzer tank destroyer variant Very Highly Recommended

NAME:  Tank Craft 29, Hetzer, Jagdpanzer 38 Tank Destroyer, German Army And 
Waffen SS, Western Front, 1944-1945
FILE: R3353
AUTHOR: Dennis Oliver
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword
BINDING: soft back
PRICE: £16.99                                                
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT:   Second World War, WWII, World War II, World War 2, Western Front, 
1944-1945, Wehrmacht, Waffen SS, Panzer Divisions, tank killer, tank destroyer, 
Skoda

ISBN: 1-52679-118-8

PAGES: 64,  A wealth of illustration throughout the book in both full colour and 
B&W images. Most of the images are uniquely shot to illustrate this book.
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DESCRIPTION: A great addition to the highly popular Tank Craft Series. This book 
reviews the Skoda 38t in its Hetzer tank destroyer variant  Very Highly 
Recommended

This book provides the outline to the last stage of the Skoda 38t reluctant contribution to the German war machine. As with sister volumes of this series, this book features outstanding illustration with B&W and full colour illustrations, together with 12 pages of specially commissioned full colour illustrations. The text is clear and concise, with the background to the Hetzer and the histories of the units operating this version of the Skoda 38t. There is technical analysis with lists of modifications. This is all interesting and useful material to the curious and to the military history enthusiast.

The model making information is again first class and covers both the available model kits and the special enhancement products that a dedicated model maker would need to turn the kits into exhibition grade models, or to turn them into radio controlled models. The model section also includes high quality colour photographs to illustrate the text and modelling advice.

When the Germans prepared to invade Poland, their armour left much to be desired. The Pkw I and Pkw II were lightly armed and armoured training and reconnaissance vehicles. The Pkw III medium tank was only just entering service and, although a significant advance in tank design, entered service with a short barrel main gun rather than the intended anti-armour cannon. The availability of the Skoda 38t was therefore all the more important to the German invasion, well armoured, agile and reliable, with good cross country performance and a capable anti-armour cannon mounted in a two man turret.

As the war proceeded, the Skoda 38t was renamed Pkw 38t and was to be converted to an armoured artillery vehicle to counter increasingly challenging enemy tanks. The first attempt with the Marder was not entirely successful. It did allow the 38t to carry an effective larger calibre anti-tank gun, but in a mount, with shield, that replaced the original turret, creating a higher silhouette and leaving the gun crew exposed, in the sides, rear and overhead, to bursting shells. The Hetzer followed other later German assault and anti-tank self-propelled artillery. The gun was mounted in a mantel, set in a well-sloped glacis plate, that provided limited traverse, elevation and depression but produced a low profile in well armoured body that fully protected the crew. A long barrel 75mm canon gave the Hetzer the ability to take on the best Soviet tanks and to hold its own against British and American armour. This book covers the use of the Hetzer on the Western front after the Normandy invasion as the Allies pushed the Germans out of France and chased them through the Low Countries and into the German homeland.