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German Reconnaissance and Support Vehicles 1939–1945 (ePub)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Military WWII > German Forces & Weaponry WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich WWII > Photographic eBooks

By Paul Thomas
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
File Size: 45.4 MB (.epub)
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781526720900
Published: 5th September 2018


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The Wehrmacht used reconnaissance and support vehicles widely in the Second World War and this book sets out to show the full range of both categories using over 200 rare images and descriptive text and captions in true Images of War Series fashion.

Both tracked and wheeled vehicles were employed for reconnaissance and screening. These included light tanks mainly comprising of the Pz.Kpfw.I, armoured cars such as the six and eight wheeler Sd.Kfz.231,232,233,234 and its variants, 263, the Sd.Kfz.221,222,223,234 and 247, motorcycles such as the famous BMW R75, the Zundapp KS750. In addition to their recce role they would, when possible, engage similar or light units.

Support vehicles such as the tracked Sd.Kfz.2 Kettenkrad, and the renowned Sd.Kfz.251 halftracks were used in the follow-up role, frequently with mounted grenadiers to mop up over-run enemy positions.

The book fills a gap by outlining the full range of such equipment including the variety of armaments and power plants, and the crews that performed these missions.

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Classic Military Vehicle, June 2019

Includes some interesting tactical advice.

Miniature Wargames, March 2019 – reviewed by Chris Jarvis

A really interesting and very complete documentation.

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Miniaturas JM

One of the latest in the excellent Images of War series which describes the pivotal role that German reconnaissance vehicles played in their Blitzkrieg tactics and the constant challenge faced by designers to achieve the right balance between "the holy trinity" of firepower, protection and mobility characteristics in vehicle design. By the end of the war the crews of German reconnaissance vehicles were increasingly used to support their armour in defensive roles and crews, who by then were preoccupied with personal survival, found themselves outmatched by Allied anti-armour weapons. This is a very clear and succinct account of this key wartime component of German operational capability which is immeasurably enhanced by a large number of outstanding and scarce original black and white photographs. Highly recommended.

Military Historical Society

There are lots of details to be gleaned from this collection of images for the military modeller, with camouflage and markings over the course of the war, detail on stowage, uniforms, weathering as well as useful diorama ideas.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

About Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas is an expert on WW2 fighting vehicles and avid collector of contemporary images. His previous books German Halftracks At War 1939-1945, Panzer III at War 1939-1945, Panzer IV at War Hitler’s Tank Destroyers and German Reconnaissance and Support Vehicles are in print at the Pen and Sword Images of War Series.
He lives in Braintree.

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