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German Assault Guns and Tank Destroyers 1940 - 1945 (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Military WWII > Photographic Books

By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 160
ISBN: 9781473845992
Published: 12th October 2016
Last Released: 16th December 2021



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The assault guns and tank destroyers deployed by the Wehrmacht during the Second World War are not as famous as tanks like the Tiger and Panther, but they were remarkably successful, and they are the subject of Anthony Tucker-Jones's wide-ranging photographic history. As the conflict progressed, the German army had to find a use for its obsolete panzers, and this gave rise to the turretless Sturmgeschütz or assault guns designed for infantry support. From 1944 onwards they played a vital role in Nazi Germany's increasingly defensive war.

A selection of rare wartime photographs shows the variety of turretless armoured fighting vehicles that were produced and developed – various models of the Sturmgeschütz III, the Sturmhaubitze, Jagdpanzer, Panzerjäger, Marder, Hetzer. Often a lack of tanks meant that these armoured vehicles were called on to fill the panzer's role, and they proved ideal during the Germans’ defensive battles on the Eastern Front as well as in Italy and Normandy – they were instrumental in delaying Germany's defeat.

This highly illustrated account provides is a fascinating introduction to one of the less well-known aspects of armoured warfare during the Second World War.

The value of this volume comes from the photographs, which are a treasure trove for the modeller and wargamer.

Miniature Wargames, March 2017 – reviewed by Richard Baber

A great reference for the modeller and historian alike, the many scenes within this book, many of them quite graphic will prove very useful to all. Highly recommended and thanks again to Pen & Sword for our copy.

Military Modelling Magazine

All in all, an immensely interesting book with a profusion of pictures illustrating just about every type of assault gun and tank destroyer the Germans deployed. The text is a treasure of incredible details that will appeal to the dedicated “kit spotters” but also to others with more than a passing interest in tank warfare. A highly recommendable book.

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Another excellent book from Anthony Tucker-Jones, published by Pen And Sword books. For fans of German World War Two armour and all you modellers out there looking for some inspiration this book doesn’t disappoint. All the important tank destroyers are featured within its pages, including the Jagdpanzer, Hetzer and Marder, all copiously illustrated with some awesome photos.

Each vehicle has its own chapter with some history behind its design and creation, its combat performance, production numbers, and distribution. Some tank destroyers were born out of necessity with designs that were a product of what was available at the time with restricted resources, rather than anything else. Plenty of success and failure both.

The photos are excellent, with pictures including vehicles in combat and also plenty of destroyed and wrecked vehicles in situ. This is a great reference book for anyone with an interest in the lesser known German armoured vehicles of World War Two. I am immediately going to run out and grab a couple of Hetzers to start with. I think Unimodel make a 1/72 scale kit i need to find!!!

Colonel Mustard Blog

Part of the famous 'Images of War' series this new book provides a great range of images, many of which have not been available for public viewing before. However, there is also some well-written text, in addition to the captions and extended captions, providing a great deal of information. Strongly Recommended.

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Each chapter has a few pages of text giving background information, and then a set of associated photographs, all with useful captions. The Stugs and the Marder assault and anti-tank guns are a popular modelling subject, and the subjects of an ever increasing number of kit releases from the major manufacturers. Lots of detail to be picked up in here, including physical detail along with camouflage schemes, stowage, weathering and battle damage, plus some potential diorama ideas as well.

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Military Modelling, Robin Buckland

About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones, a former intelligence officer, is an author and commentator who specialises in military history, with more than 50 books to his name. His work has also been published in an array of magazines and online. He regularly appears on television and radio programmes commenting on current and historical military matters. His books include Armoured Warfare in the North African CampaignThe Battle for the MediterraneanThe Desert Air WarThe Devil’s BridgeHitler’s Winter and Churchill Master and Commander.

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