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Panther Tanks: Germany Army Panzer Brigades (Paperback)

Western and Eastern Fronts, 1944–1945

WWII Tanks Modelling WWII Photographic Books Military

By Dennis Oliver
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Tank Craft
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 200 colour & black and white
ISBN: 9781526771599
Published: 7th August 2020


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In July 1944, with the Eastern Front crumbling and the first cracks appearing in the Normandy defences, Hitler ordered the creation of a new type of unit based on the ad-hoc Kampfgruppen which the Germans used so successfully throughout the war. Hastily assembled and short-lived these independent Panzer brigades nevertheless served on both fronts in some of the fiercest fighting of the conflict. The real striking power of the initial units would a battalion equipped with the Pzkpfw V Panther, perhaps the most effective armoured vehicle produced by Germany during the Second World War. In Dennis Oliver's latest volume in the TankCraft series he uses archive photos and extensively researched colour illustrations to examine the Panther battalions of the Panzer brigades that fought to hold back the Allied advance during the last months of 1944. 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 tanks.

Dennis Oliver has written many of the “Tank Craft” books and his meticulously researched text is well supported by numerous black and white archive photographs. I have reviewed many books in this series and this is one of the best. The emphasis in this book is on the ad-hoc Brigades, rather than the Panther tank, which will doubtless appeal to the military historian. But there is much here for the military modeller and as the Panther is an iconic tank there can be no doubt this book will prove popular. Highly recommended to model makers and historians interested in German AFVs used in the latter stage of World War II.

Tom Cole, Miniature Armoured Fighting Vehicles Association, September 2020

The colour profiles are terrific, as ever. And the quality of the showcase models is jaw-dropping.

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A Question of Scale

About Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver is the author of over twenty books on Second World War armoured vehicles including Tiger I and II Tanks: German Army and Waffen-SS: Eastern Front 1944; Panther Tanks: German Army and Waffen-SS, Normandy Campaign 1944; Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer: German Army, Western Europe 1944-1945; and Tiger I and Tiger II Tanks:German Army and Waffen-SS, The Last Battles in the West, 1945.

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