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Hitler's Panther Tank Battalions, 1943–1945 (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartimes Archives

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By Ian Baxter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 250 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526765451
Published: 6th October 2020


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From July 1943 to the Nazis’ final defeat in May 1945 the Panther main battle tank and its variants were the mainstay of Germany’s armoured forces. This superbly engineered fighting vehicle offered a lethal combination of firepower, mobility and protection.

As this classic Images of War series title reveals, the Panther saw non-stop fighting on the Eastern, Western and Italian fronts. Using rare and often unpublished contemporary photographs with full captions and authoritative text, it provides a comprehensive coverage of elite Panther battalions in action.

The book traces the development of the Panther, for example into tank hunter (Panzerjäger), and also covers the other supporting vehicles that formed part of the Panther battalions’ establishment. These included armoured recovery, Bergepanther, halftracks, Sd.kfz.2 Kettenrad, gun tractors and communications vehicles.

This is another beautiful book that joins the immense collection of the "Images of War" series, a series of the highest level with very clear photos and certainly of interest to historians and modelers.

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On The Old Barbed Wire

This particular book in the Images of War series has around two hundred black and white photographs that follow the Panther Tanks and their development, I would say it is predominantly photographs obviously, with maybe slightly less supporting information about the events and campaigns. Which is perfectly fine as much of these books must overlap a bit, put the text and information is still excellent and very well written. The author Ian Baxter, is a well-known and much published author who is an excellent writer. In fact from reading these Images of War books, my knowledge and interest in tank warfare has come on greatly. I know thoroughly enjoy a good book about tanks. This book is excellent with first class photographs and the specifications section near the back is great. Definitely a 4.5 star read and highly recommended.


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UK Historian

As ever with this series, we are offered concise narrative that allows the images to convey the real story. A good presentation that features the technical elements of this formidable tank, as well as interesting images of operations predominantly on the Eastern Front.

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. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.

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