A welcome addition to the very popular Tank Craft Series. Aimed at model makers, this series has become popular with a much wider readership, due to the excellent text describing the subject vehicle and its deployment, including unit structures. – Very Highly Recommended
NAME: Panther Medium Tank, IV.SS-Panzerkorps, Eastern Front 1944, Tank Craft 32 FILE: R3321 AUTHOR: Dennis Oliver PUBLISHER: Tank Craft, Pen and Sword BINDING: soft back PRICE: £16.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: World War II, World War 2, Second World War, WWII, Eastern Front, 1944, IV.SS_Panzerkorps, armoured warfare, medium tanks, 75mm main gun, sloped armour, Zimmerit ISBN: 1-52679-126-9 PAGES: 64, extensive illustration in B&W and full colour, including specially commissioned images IMAGE: B3321.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/uy3vvmak LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A welcome addition to the very popular Tank Craft Series. Aimed at model makers, this series has become popular with a much wider readership, due to the excellent text describing the subject vehicle and its deployment, including unit structures. – Very Highly Recommended
Many will say that the Panther Medium Tank was the finest armoured vehicle of WWII. Unlike the much heavier Tiger I and Tiger II tanks, the Panther was well-armoured and armed but also agile. Intended as an answer to the Soviet T-34, it suffered somewhat from the difficulties of developing and building tanks under continuous British and American bombing. It also suffered from the serious lack of resources by 1944. It proved generally reliable and would have been even better had the development process not been rushed to get the new tank into service as quickly as possible. After the end of WWII, many Panthers served in the French Army until France was able to rebuild its factories and design teams.
As with other volumes in the Tank Craft Series, this new volume features extensive illustration, mostly in full colour and commissioned specifically for the series. There are many excellent full colour side view drawings, depicting a range of camouflage patterns and equipment states. There are also colour photographs of completed models and available enhancement kits. This provides a great deal of information that will enable a model maker to complete an exhibition grade model, either for static exhibition on its own, or on a diorama. It will also provide the detail for those completing working models under remote radio control, for which pinned-link tracks are necessary.
What has made this series so popular to a wider readership is the quality of the text. There is detailed historical text that covers the vehicle in general and specifically in the model, campaign and period of the subject. This includes organization details for the units operating the subject. The publisher has been commissioning multiple volumes for most subjects, and this volume’s subject is no exception, that together build into a formidable library of information for military history and technology enthusiasts to add to traditional military history books, filling detail gaps that otherwise exist.