Another excellent addition to the TankCraft series of books, aimed primarily at modellers, but applicable to an even wider readership. The Panzer III is described as it was deployed for Operation Barbarossa with the usual high quality images for which this series is renowned – Very Highly Recommended
NAME: TankCraft No.27, Panzer III, German Army Light Tank Operation Barbarossa, 1941 FILE: R3236 AUTHOR: Dennis Oliver PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, TankCraft BINDING: soft back PRICE: £16.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, Operation Barbarossa, Eastern Front, Panzer, Panzer Army, Wehrmacht, armoured fighting vehicles, light tanks, infantry support,mobile warfare, gun tank ISBN: 1-52677-171-3 PAGES: 64 IMAGE: B3236.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y5oavj4b LINKS: DESCRIPTION: Another excellent addition to the TankCraft series of books, aimed primarily at modellers, but applicable to an even wider readership. The Panzer III is described as it was deployed for Operation Barbarossa with the usual high quality images for which this series is renowned – Very Highly Recommended
The Pkw III was developed as a light tank to follow the lightly armed and armoured Pkw I and Pkw II training and reconnaissance light tanks which equipped the Panzer formations at the start of WWII. The Panzer III was late into service and although some were deployed for the invasion of Poland, it did not reach the re-equipment targets until the Battle of France. It was the main equipment through the Blitz Krieg which effectively ended at Moscow. The Pkw IV had already begun reaching the armoured regiments for the Battle of France and marked the introduction of the first real Main Battle Tank. All of the tanks from the Pkw I to the the Pkw IV served on through the full length of the war but many were modified, or built, as assault guns and tank killers with heavier guns, most frequently mounted in a mantel on a fixed hull, rather than in a turret.
The Pkw III was something of a lost opportunity in 1940 because a smaller short barrelled gun was employed rather than the much more potent gun originally intended. The armour also left much to be desired and this explains some of the Wehrmacht panic when the British counter attacked at Arras in 1940 and almost stopped the German advance, buying extra time to evacuate the BEF from Dunkirk. The British Matilda and the French Char B were superior to the Pkw III and had they been routinely employed en mass, with close air support and mobile artillery, they would have thrown the Germans back and brought the war to a rapid end.
The introductory text, unique art work and outstanding images make this a delightful review of its subject and the coverage of available model kits and accessories makes this a highly desirable book for its intended readership and also for all those enthusiasts building a library of WWII land warfare books.