A welcome addition to the very popular Land 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: SDKFZ 251, 251/9 and 251/22 Kanonenwagen, German Army and Waffen-SS Western and Eastern Fronts, 1944-1945, Land Craft 8 FILE: R3324 AUTHOR: Dennis Oliver PUBLISHER: Land Craft, Pen and Sword BINDING: soft back PRICE: £16.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, Eastern Front, Western Front, German Army, Waffen-SS, half-track, 75mm main gun ISBN: 1-52679-114-5 PAGES: 64, extensive illustration in B&W and full colour, including specially commissioned images IMAGE: B3324.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/9b5cempd LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A welcome addition to the very popular Land 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
The Germans produced a range of half-track vehicles for use as personnel carriers and artillery tractors. Initially the vehicles were soft skinned but battle experiences led to the development of armoured half-tracks that continued to fill the original roles but were also able to serve in new roles including anti-aircraft vehicles and, with heavy guns, that could be used as general artillery, or in the tank-killing role. The SDKFZ 251 adopted the same 75mm gun as that added to 8-wheel heavy armoured cars, but was also fitted with a variety of other weapons. This book contains information on the development and deployment with a fine selection of images showing the variants and the available model kits.
As with other volumes in the Land 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.