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T-34 Mythical Weapon Hardcover – 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Air Connection; First Edition edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978109104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978109103
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 8.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,454,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jukka-pekka Hietaniemi on July 30, 2007
This thick book (well over 500 pages) offers both great amount of good information but also reveals very biased view of the author. Book includes the story of the tank t-34 from development to war, concentring mostly to technical aspects.

Especially there is emphasis on differencies between factories building the t-34 during war and productional history of tank. Not much discussion of this weapon in the context of ww2 or battle stories (except one very comperhensive chapter of t-34 in battle of mcensk. Book includes also much of history of the tank service in Polish army.

Text is interesting and enjoyable in most parts, many details of development and modifications are there. However author has decided to choose rather negative treatment for the subject when "busting" the myth of leading role of t-34 in the course of war.

Couple of sections in this book this attitude is almost inbearable and strange. It was very true that this tank had many (even serious) flaws in its design, but somehow author doesn't want to put this into objective perspective, as if he would have rush to convince people that this tank was after all big disaster.

Other drawback is that author seem to have he's study mainly from Polish archives and other literature (not from original source)and at times it leads to speculations and authors opinions merged into the text. Author has without a doubt gone thorough massive amount of work to put up this book and for most parts text is studied and well written.

Almost half of the book is consisted of detail pic, 3d plans, 1:35 scale pics etc. with great detail and accuracy. This section is absolutely greatly produced. All the pictures in this book are very goodly reproduced, paper andf finish is better than average.
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This book is another classic in the J.J. Federowicz line of specialty books - translations of outstanding non-English books of modern European military history, mainly World War II. As with many other J.J. Federowicz books, it has quickly gone out of print and the price of the few copies available have started to go up. Hopefully it will be brought back again for a wider audience.

In the history of World War II, the T-34 has indeed become a mythical weapon, and author Robert Michulec (Zientarzewski is listed as an author on the cover, but not in the overleaf or preface - Michulec credits him only as one of many contributors in the preface) makes clear from the start his intent to shred this myth with an extraordinarily detailed look at this Soviet tank.

From his Polish vantage point, Michulec had detailed access to the T-34 tanks and to the written histories from both Soviet and German sources, while maintaining a point of view free of the usual mythology. Michulec does go overboard at times in his efforts to downgrade the T-34 relative to its opponents, and there are a few minor inaccuracies. But the great strength of this book is the massive amount of detail, especially photographs of the T-34, which he uses to back up his point of view.

The book opens with its thesis that much of the myth of the T-34 was started largely by the post-WWII German biographies of Gen. Heinz Guderian and other German commanders and was later continued and magnified by Soviet era propaganda which censored all the negative aspects of the T-34.
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This is by far the greatest compilation of T-34 pictures and information anywhere! It teaches you how to know where each tank was build trough detailed desciptions and clear, bright photos. This is truly the epitome of T-34 perfection!

If you are a modeller this book is essential to build T-34's. Also, if you are looking fir diorama ideas this book has thousands of great ideas. Many of the photos are of vehicles that were blow apart from German weapons and really helps to see what happened when these fire breathing dragons met their ends.

This book is a must have for modellers, history buffs, or anyone interested in Soviet armor. Good luck finding a reasonably priced book since there are always "people (read jerks of the highest order) that mark this book up to four digit numbers. If you can wait a few years, and maybe have yourself and a few friends contact the publisher, maybe you can get them to do another printing. If you can find this book for under two hundred (until a possible reprint) I would consider jumping on it. You will not be disappointed!
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This is everything that you need to know about the T-34 and then some. 520 pages of incredible photos, drawings, text and information that seems almost impossible to comprehend. Any serious modeler of Russian armor would love to get this book. Anyone that has a library of World War 2 books should include this one in it. I believe that it covers everything that is needed to know about the production of the tank and the steps leading to the T-34's conception.

Originally written in Polish and translated to English by J.J. Fedorowicz and L. Erenfeicht, this book is big, 9"x12" and crammed with information.

T-34's were made in several different plants and they all differed and the author provides detailed explanations of variants, differences and quality control and well as every other conceivable thing that would interest an enthusiast of the tank. Hundreds of photos of different production tanks, tank interiors and scales drawings in 1/35 will overwhelm even the most ardent fan of the T-34.

The book follows the tank during the war years and then lists its postwar usage and production also. Hulls, engine, turret, suspension, wheels....its all there. An incredible accomplishment and worth the investment.
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