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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good basic reference and plain fun book, March 18, 2006
This review is from: German Tanks of World War II (Enthusiast Color) (Paperback)
4 Stars

Yes, I like this book. I got it for less than $10 and love the modern pictures of the German Armor from WWII.

My first paragraph being said, I will say this book is an introduction to German Armor. It's a simple introduction.

There is an extensive series of pictures on a recovered and restored Panzer I. That is worth nearly two stars to see that. The museum had an old WWII vet sit in the commanders hatch and you will see him riding around on that vehicle. Boy, that must have brough back the memories of the glory days for that old Heer soldat.

The Germans had dozens of tank models in WWII. One of the reasons they lost the war was a lack of standardized models. The book really does not mention this fact in great detail. You will see the write up on a German Panzer Mark IV, perhaps the most effective model in pure numbers, but you will not know much about the various models from Ausf D (used in France and Poland) to the final models, with added bolted on armor and a long 75mm gun. The book really should have done a better break down on the Panzer III. The Panzer III was part of the great formations that invaded Poland in 1939 and the body of the Panzer III was the basis of the StuG III with the 75mm PAK 40 anti-tank cannon. The StuG knocked out over 30,000 allied tanks. The StuG with a good crew was equal of a T-34. If the Germans had more available in numbers they would have won the war. The book really does not communicate that too well.

There is just one page that devotes itself to explaining the weapons on a German tank. So, the typical reader will not know that the 88mm of the German Tiger I was not the same as the 88mm guns found on the Jagpanther or the King Tiger. The book does explain that the 75MM on the first Panzer IV tanks (actually, a close support howitzer) is not the same gun as on the later Mark IV, the 75mm PAK 40 model anti-gun.

However, this book has lots of nice photos. It's a fair picture book. I will say it's a fantastic introduction for somebody who is just learning about German tanks or somebody like myself who has a large amount of books dealing with tanks but just wants something general.

This book is better than your typical squadron-signal books on the subject. Conversely, for model makers there isn't many line drawing or really great pictures for the subject for a diorama. Model makers will still want to stick with Squadron-Signal books.

Still, I like this book. I got it for less than $10, that included shipping. You get a picture of all the main German tanks from WWII. You don't get a breakdown of all the models and sub models, that would take a book with four times as many pages and cost over $60.

I highly recommen this book. It's not perfect. But it's cheap. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

4 stars.
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Initial post: Feb 20, 2012 3:02:33 PM PST
You say the Germans would have won the war if only they had more StuG III's. Roughly how many would they have needed to completely over-run the USSR all the way to Kamchatka, in order to halt Soviet tank production? And with the Combined Bomber Offensive depriving Germany of petrol, would Speer have ordered a StuG that ran on piss? If the war had come to that stage, such StuG Abteilungen would have been crewed by mere kindergartners. Really, now, even if Hitler had obtained the atomic bomb and obliterated Moscow, London, New York, & Washington DC, there was no way Germany could ever have overcome the industrial capacity of the US, all revisionist fantasy to the contrary notwithstanding.
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