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German Self-propelled Artillery at War 1940–1945 (Paperback)

Military WWII

By Ian Baxter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 112
Illustrations: 300 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399068680
Published: 2nd August 2023


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Despite the German Panzerwaffe’s ability to engage its foes rapidly with concentrated force, additional fire power was often required to break through enemy lines. Initially this was with towed artillery but, as the war developed, converting tanks into fast-moving self-propelled artillery carrying vehicles proved far more effective. As a result a number of weapon systems came into service including the Pz.Kpfw.I and II. Other conversions followed including the Pz.Kpfw.II Wespe with its 10.5cm gun, the Pz.Kpfw.III/IV Hummel armed with a 15cm howitzer, the Sturmpanzer Brummbar with its powerful 15cm gun and the Grille series based on the Czech Pz.Kpfw 38(t) tank chassis. These and other armoured vehicles were capable of providing both close firesupport for infantry and acting as anti-tank weapons.

This highly illustrated book describes the key role played by German self-propelled artillery from its introduction in 1940 in France, to North Africa, Italy, Russia and North-West Europe. It analyses the development of the numerous variants that came into service as these formidable weapon systems were adapted and up-gunned to face the ever-increasing enemy threat. With rare and often published photographs this book provides a unique insight into German self-propelled artillery from its early triumphant war years to final defeat in 1945.

“The book is full of amazing photos, many gave me an insight into the conditions I have not considered before. There is a lot of Diorama inspiration in this book.”

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"This book is quite interesting for the Gamer/Modeler/Military Enthusiast, with some elements for everyone."

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“The author's writing style adds clarity for the reader, making it easier to understand and follow. The inclusion of numerous rare images significantly enhances the value as a reference for any library collection.”


“Easily recommended as an introduction to German self-propelled artillery of WWII, or as a modelling reference.”


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It is a well done book and will be one that both enthusiasts and modelers alike will enjoy. Worth picking up.

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Modellers and armour enthusiasts will find a lot to like in this.

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About Ian Baxter

Ian Baxter is a much-published author and photographic collector whose books draw an increasing following. Among his many previous titles in the Images of War Series are Hitler’s Boy Soldiers, Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants, The Ghettos of Nazi Occupied Poland, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Advance, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Retreat, The Crushing of Army Group (North) and the SS Waffen Division series including SS Leibstandarte Division, SS Totenkopf Division At War, Waffen SS of the Baltic States, Waffen SS at Arnhem and Waffen SS in the Ardennes. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.

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