- Series: Tech
- Hardcover: 386 pages
- Publisher: Leandoer & Ekholm (September 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9185657018
- ISBN-13: 978-9185657018
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,542,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jagdtiger: Design, Production and Operations (Tech)
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Top Customer Reviews
As I did not want to buy the 2-volumes work by Andrew Devey, I decided to try this book, even if there were no reviews; I have to say I am quite happy I did.
As The title implies, Design, production and operations are all covered; these are the contents:
- Part 1: Design and Development
- Part 2: S.Pz.Jg. Abt 653
- Part 3: S.Pz.Jg. Abt 512
- Part 4: Conclusions
- Part 5: Appendix (notewhorty the two chapters dedicated to Otto Carius (2/S.Pz.Jg.Abt 512) and Albert Ernst
(1/S.Pz.Jg.Abt 512)aka as "The Tiger of Vitebesk" because of his succesful action on the Eastern Front with the Nashorn Panzerjager.
- Graphic Appendix:
Maps and vehicles color profiles.
Design, development and production are extensivily covered: this part is quite clearly inspired to Spielberger's books, but the text is somewhat less dry and easier to follow; furthermore there is a more detailed description of automotive parts (engine, gearbox, lubrication and electrical systems.
On the downside line drawings, tough good are not as good as in Spielberger's books and some pictures appear a bit dark and badly reproduced, again compared to the same pictures in the already mentioned Spielberger's work (Schiffer Edition).
Operations by both S.Pz.Jg. Abt 512 and 653 are throughly covered, almost day by day, with various maps and many pictures, many quite good and large, some less so, also due to probably a very thin, NON glossy paper.
I found very interesting, even riveting the story of the 1st Company of S.Pz.Jg.Abt 512 and the final Surrender of Iselhorn by Hauptman Ernst (there is also a video of the three Jagdtigers and their crews surrendering in Iselhorn on youtube), while I already knew the experience of Lt. Otto Carius, owning "Tigers in the Mud" which is extensivily cited in the chronicle of 2/512.
The graphic appendix is also quite good with many nice color profiles/front/rear views and maps showing where and when single vehicles were destroyed or abandoned.
In conclusion I would wholeheartedly reccomend this book to anyone interested in the Jagdtiger, modellers, history buffs and those interested in the technical details; it is only a shame that the paper quality is not up to the standard of the best Schiffer books (such as T. Jentz Panther or Tiger books), otherwise it would be a 5 stars.