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: Tiger I and Tiger II Tanks, German Army and Waffen-SS, The Last Battles in the East, 1945, Tank Craft 31 FILE: R3322 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, Germany Army, Waffen-SS, Panzerkorps, armoured warfare, heavy tanks, 88mm main gun, sloped armour, Zimmerit, fire control, specialist versions ISBN: 1-52679-126-9 PAGES: 64, extensive illustration in B&W and full colour, including specially commissioned images IMAGE: B3322.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/n6xebm35 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
The Tiger tanks were important technical developments with many pioneering features being adopted for most post-war designs created for other countries. The two models are visually different, the Tiger II featuring heavy sloped armour, an improved turret and more powerful main guns and fire control. Both models suffered the increasing difficulties of design, development and production that were caused by extreme shortages of materials and the disruption of British and American bomber fleets. The advanced features really required more extensive development and both models suffered reliability issues that would have been addressed by slower and more comprehensive testing before commitment to full production and deployment against an enemy.
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.