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Land Craft 11: Pakwagen SDKFZ 234/3 and 234/4 Heavy Armoured Cars (Paperback)

German Army, Waffen-SS and Luftwaffe Units - Western and Eastern Fronts, 1944–1945

Colour Books Military > Modelling Military > Tanks P&S History > British History Photographic Books WWII > German Forces & Weaponry

By Dennis Oliver
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Land Craft
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781399065047
Published: 17th November 2022



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Experience in the Polish and French campaigns had convinced the German high command of the value of fast-moving, armed reconnaissance vehicles. But it was realised that many of the early designs were too lightly-armed and development of a heavy eight-wheeled prototype resulted in the Sdkfz 234 series of armoured cars, the first of which entered service in late 1943. Built by the firm of Büssing-NAG, these sturdy and reliable vehicles were gradually up-armed and served in the infantry support role and eventually as tank killers, largely as the result of Hitler's desperation to arm as many vehicles as possible with anti-tank weapons. Drawing on official documentation and unit histories Dennis investigates the formations that operated these vehicles and uses archive photos and extensively researched colour illustrations to examine the markings, camouflage and technical aspects of the Sdkfz 234/2, 234/3 and 234/4 armoured cars that served on the Western and Eastern Fronts in the last months of the war. A key section of his book displays available model kits and aftermarket products, complemented by a gallery of beautifully constructed and painted models in various scales. Technical details as well as modifications introduced during production and in the field are also examined, providing everything the modeller needs to recreate an accurate representation of these historic vehicles.

"The color profiles depict factory finishes, field modifications and a winter scheme that modelers will find informative."

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Scale Modelling Now

The captions are well written and explain the accompanying photographs and illustrations in great detail.

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Squeezes a lot of useful information into a modest 64 pages and is a useful addition to any library of German armored cars.

War Wheels

Overall, this is a good book on these vehicles and the author must have spent a long time researching it. Although it is aimed at modellers, I feel that this under-sells this publication. My interests are in World War 2 military vehicles and their histories and as such this book is a superb tome on these rare, armoured cars. It can be confidently said that this book will become the standard reference book on these vehicles once its circulation has been established.

Dr Stuart C Blank, Military Archive Research

Anyone wanting to add an excellent reference, history and modeling how-to book on German Sd.Kfz 234/3 and 234/4 heavy armored cars used during World War II to their personal library will be pleased with this informative and interesting book.

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I confess to really liking the format of these books. They cover quite specific development and combat history and also give modelling reviews and advice in the relevant scales along with excellent colour drawings and photographs.

5 out of 5

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

This book is a bit of a hybrid, providing much in-depth historical information on the subject vehicles, along with content designed solely for scale model builders.


I’ve really enjoyed this book and certainly one for the avid modeller.

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The History Fella

This is another really excellent addition to the LandCraft series... Great value for modellers, and plenty in here to inspire more model building I think.

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Military Model Scene

These books where you have a mixture of history, camouflage and models are becoming more and more the norm. This one is well done.


Again, another consistently good book from Dennis Oliver that delivers in equal measure for those wanting the detailed history of units, pertinent images and the modellers seeking accuracy.

Michael McCarthy, Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver is the author of over twenty books on Second World War armoured vehicles including Panzer III: German Army Light Tank, Operation Barbarossa 1941, Panzer III: German Army Light Tank, Tripoli to El Alamein, 1941-1942 and Stug III and Stug IV: German Army and Waffen-SS, Western Front, 1944-1945.

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