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Armoured Warfare and Hitler's Allies 1941-1945 (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

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By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9781781592588
Published: 8th May 2013



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German, American and British tanks come to mind first whenever the military vehicles of the Second World War are considered – they get all the historical attention. The tanks, self-propelled guns and armoured cars built and deployed by the secondary nations in the conflict, in particular by Hitler’s Axis allies, have been almost forgotten. The rarity of these armoured fighting vehicles makes them especially interesting, and that is why Anthony Tucker-Jones’s photographic history is of such value.

His selection of previously unpublished wartime photographs provides a visual record of the armoured forces thrown into action by Hitler’s allies on the Eastern Front from 1941 to 1945. Illustrated here are the panzers deployed by Bulgaria, Finland, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy and Romania on the Eastern Front and in the Balkans. Hungary’s home-made armour included the Toldi and Turán tanks and Zrínyi self-propelled guns. The Italians produced CV-33 tankettes, Semovente self-propelled guns, Autoblinda and Lancia armoured cars and a series of tanks. Romanian and Czech tanks and assault guns were also deployed.

This book has much to offer. The images are excellent and I found it to be an informative and easy read. There is quite a bit here for model makers and anyone who has a liking for the sort of armour used in the early years of the war. French built tanks appear to turn up in all the wrong places at the wrong time, while Italian and other home built kit fair little better. There is a kind of tragic naivety to it all that really impresses on us how hopeless things proved to be for the states embroiled in supporting Hitler’s ambitions. Good stuff.

War History Online

There are few English language books dealing collectively with this subject and [this] is a useful additional reference.

Miniature Armoured Fighting Vehicle Association

SMMI columnist Anthony Tucker-Jones presents a multitude of unpublished photographs and provides a visual record of armoured forces thrown into action by Hitler's allies on the Eastern front from 1941 to 1945.

Scale Military Modelling Monthly

About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones is a prolific writer on the history of fighting vehicles and armoured warfare. He has also written extensively on military affairs and terrorism. After a career in the intelligence community, he became a freelance defence writer and military historian. His most recent books are Hitler's Great Panzer Heist, Falaise: The Flawed Victory, Stalin's Revenge: Operation Bagration and the Annihilation of Army Group Centre, Operation Dragoon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944, Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front, Armoured Warfare in the North African Campaign, Armoured Warfare in the Battle for Normandy, The Kalashnikov in Combat and The Soviet-Afghan War.

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