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Hitler's Heavy Tiger Tank Battalions, 1942-1945 (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Military > Tanks Photographic Books WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich WWII > Photographic Books

By Ian Baxter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 250
ISBN: 9781526747877
Published: 3rd February 2020
Last Released: 8th August 2023



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With rare, often unpublished photographs and full captions Hitler’s Heavy Tank Battalions provides a superb record of the Wehrmacht’s Schwere Panzerableilung on operations between 1942 and 1945.

In addition to the Tiger I and successor Tiger II heavy tanks, these battalions were equipped with Pz.Kpfw III’s, Flakpanzer IV, Sd. Kfz 7/1 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, Sd.Kfz 9 and 10 halftracks, Sd.Kfz 2 and Kettenkrad gun tractors. The Tigers required substantial maintenance and the Berge Panther armoured recovery vehicle played a key role.

Heavy tank battalions saw action on the Eastern Front, in Italy and North West Europe before being pushed back to Berlin for the final defensive battles and there are graphic photographs and descriptions of vehicles on operations in all these theatres.

While feared by the Allies in the early years, these units suffered increasing attrition from anti-tank artillery, ground attack aircraft and mechanical issues.

Modellers and equipment buffs in particular will find this latest Images of War book extremely useful and fascinating.

This is an entertaining and informative book on an iconic tank that WWII enthusiasts will enjoy.

Beating Tsundoku

Documentation of great interest both historically and for modelling.

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Miniaturas JM

A new book from the very popular Images of War series. The Tiger heavy tanks were formidable machines, but also suffered from weight, reliability and logistics. – Highly Recommended.

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An excellent informative book filled with a multitude of photographs showing the tanks in service, in action and in some cases, in pieces! This book is perfect for anyone wishing to build a model of this beast of a tank and even includes pictures of the tank markings. As well as model-makers, this book also caters for the military historian and vehicle watchers.

In my opinion, Baxter has done his usual expert job on this book, producing something for many genres while keeping to the subject matter in hand.

I would recommend this book to any of my fellow Modeller's and historians. While tank warfare isn't everyone's cup of tea, the are plenty of other vehicles shown in this book.

Rating out of five - four and a half.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

With all Images of War books by Pen and Sword Books, you know you’re going to get a good book of pictures and text in this case. It also helps when you respect the author as I have read a few books by Ian Baxter, an author who writes well concise and knows his stuff in detail. This book follows the evolution of the Tiger tank and I imagine this book will be very popular as the tank involved is such an iconic tank of WW2. We see and learn about the evolution of the tank from the Eastern Front to North Africa and Italy and so on.

I enjoyed the back of the book too, as you learn more about the battalion’s history, equipment and organisational structure. Which is why I said about this being a popular book as the images are excellent and we have a wide array of them and the text is well researched and written by the author. I really do look forward to reviewing a few more of these great books as they are an excellent read for all.

UK Historian

Those who are unfamiliar with the Tiger tank and the German battalions that deployed it in battle in this book can find an excellent starting point to get passionate about their history, but even those who know it well have good reasons of interest: the choice of photos is excellent and the text is very detailed and informative.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

This offering from Pen and Sword should prove of great appeal to the modeller due to its primary content being on the Tiger 1 which is possibly the most modelled tank anywhere in the world. I like that the theatres where the Tiger 1 served is faithfully replicated here for your information and will I believe prove of particular interest to those modellers who like to place their models in a diorama. All told a great offering for the fans of the Tiger 1 and the units they served in, but not one for the heavy reader.

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Another new Images of War title from author Ian Baxter, concentrating on perhaps one of the most famous tanks of WW2, the Tiger, and their Heavy Tank Battalion units.
The book starts with an Introduction and a few pages of text which provides some background to the Panzerwaffe in the years 1941-42, and the introduction to service of the Tiger 1 in 1942. Then it moves into a series of chapters which are accompanied by their own set of appropriate archive photos, a format familiar to anyone who has seen the Images of War books before. They are organised in a chronological sequence, covering the Tiger on the Eastern Front and North Africa in 1942-43, then Sicily and the Eastern Front in 1943. Chapter 3 deals with both Eastern and Western Fronts in 1944 before rounding things off with the Last Year of War 1944-45, which includes the Tiger II and Jagdtiger as well. Usefully the photos take in all the support units and equipment that accompanied the Tiger units, including lighter tanks such as Pz III & IV, along with maintenance, Flak and infantry units which made these heavy tank battalions such self-contained units.
In the final section of the book there are 6 useful Appendices, giving us Tiger Profiles: Tiger Tank Battalion History (there were 10): Battalion Markings: Equipment: Organisational Structure of the Units and finally the organisation of the Tiger II Battalion as of 1944.
Some of the pictures will be familiar to anyone who has an interest in the Tiger, but not all, and the coverage of all the support units will provide something to interest historians and modellers alike.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

As ever this series continues to impress and this book is no exception. Highly recommended.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

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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