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SdKfz 251 Half-Track 1939-45 (New Vanguard) 2nd Edition
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The author lays the groundwork for the appearance of the armored personnel carrier in Germany's armed forces after combat in Spain showed that tanks in built-up areas or confined spaces needed accompanying infantry to protect them and help take and hold objectives. He moves quickly to the creation of the German half-tracked carrier, it's characteristics and specifications. There's a lot of time taken with the various versions and changes as the war went on. Among these are pioneer (combat engineers) versions, armored ambulances and even a support version with a 75mm short-barreled howitzer.
The book does a fine job of explaining the training and organization of armored infantry within both Panzer and Panzergrenadier divisions. There's a fairly good exposition of the way these vehicles and the men that rode in them were used in combat. Briefly, the author talks about the tactics of offense and defense for these units. Lots of the period photos show this vehicle and its infantrymen in action.
There are a couple things I would have liked to have the author go into in more depth. Firstly, there's the comparison of German and American half tracks. He briefly mentions it, but not in much depth. There seems to be a consensus that one was about as good as the other with the German vehicle having slightly better off-road capabilities and having a little better protection for the crews and infantrymen.Read more ›
Good mini-history of the development of this vehicle, but some of the photos are blurry.
I bought this because there is nothing else in print right now on this famous vehicle that helped to pioneer blitzkreig. Wake up, Vanguard - for the price, you can do better.
Like all the books in this series it's to thin in my opinion but this book is one of the better ones.
general back ground info the Sdkfz 251 and variants with a section on tactics. What is missing is a more detailed production history , Production figures and Avail Dates, actual combat usage or after action accounts. Overall very good however.
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Great book! Lots of detail great help in making my model as accurate as possible.Published 3 months ago by John Romano