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The book begins with a summary of the highly effective “Panzertaktiks” and tactical organizations that Germany developed prior to WWII. This involved combined all-arms cooperation, as well as components like reconnaissance, combat engineers, artillery and air support. The written introduction also summarizes the important elements of German command and control (C2) and logistics. The work then proceeds to a dazzling array of black and white photos of vehicles in action. The range of vehicles is extraordinary – including the Sd.Kfz.222, Sd.Kfz.231, Sd.Kfz.232, Sd.Kfz.234, Hetzer, Panzer I, Panzer II, Panzer III, StuG III, Panzer IV, Jagdpanzer IV, Panther, Jagdpanther, Tiger I and Elefant. This list is not exhaustive but it does indicate the gamut of vehicle types featured in these pages. Each photo is accompanied by a detailed caption providing pertinent information regarding vehicle types, units and locations.
In the center of the book are 16 color plates by the accomplished illustrator Laurent Lecocq. These plates provide sample camouflage schemes and markings in full color. This is a well-written and well-illustrated book that will provide modelers and enthusiasts with much inspiration and information respectively. It’s a fine companion to the four previous volumes in the Panzer Vor! series.
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