Tank Craft 8, Jagdpanther, Tank Destroyer, German Army and Waffen-SS, Western Europe 1944-1945

This popular series is aimed primarily at model makers and engineers but it contains first class illustration and a very effective text overview of the Jagdpanther. This new book covers the development, on the Panther chassis, of a very effective tank destroyer – Highly Recommended.


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NAME: Tank Craft 8, Jagdpanther, Tank Destroyer, German Army and 
Waffen-SS, Western Europe 1944-1945
FILE: R2659
AUTHOR: Dennis Oliver
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES:  64
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, World War 2, armour, 
tanks, light tanks, medium tanks, heavy tanks, assault guns, tank 
killers, reconnaissance vehicles

ISBN: 1-52671-089-7

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DESCRIPTION: This popular series is aimed primarily at model makers 
and engineers but it contains first class illustration and a very 
effective text overview of the Jagdpanther. This new book covers the 
development, on the Panther chassis, of a very effective tank 
destroyer – Highly Recommended.

This very affordable book follows the series format of providing an 
excellent review of the subject and its deployment, with many first 
class images, including full colour drawings. This very worthwhile 
start is then followed by a review of model kits of the subject, 
examples built by prize winning modellers, and a review of 
specialist components that can be used to achieve outstanding 
exhibition grade models.

The final year of WWII in Europe saw the Germans desperately trying 
to match Allied armour on the Eastern and Western Fronts. The 
Tiger II and Panther tanks were very capable machines with many 
advanced features but produced in inadequate numbers and suffering 
a variety of reliability problems, suggesting that they had been 
rushed into battle before typical teething problems had been fixed.

Tank destroyer and assault gun modifications to proven tank chassis 
became an increasingly important part of the German battle line. 
This self-propelled artillery had a number of critical advantages 
for the crumbling Third Reich. By replacing the turret of a gun 
tank with a fixed superstructure the demand on production facilities 
was reduced and there was less to fix in the field. Very much 
thicker, well-sloped, frontal armour provided better protection and 
the limitations of turret trunions allowed a more powerful gun to be 
fitted. The disadvantage was that the whole tank had to be aimed at 
the target and it was at a serious disadvantage if enemy tanks 
appeared to the side or behind.

The Jagdpanther proved effective on the Western Front against, mainly, 
Sherman tanks, but on the Eastern Front, the Soviets were introducing 
much more powerful tank killers equipped with 122mm guns.

The illustrations are outstanding, the text excellent, and the 
review of model kits and components will keep the model makers happy