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Panther Tanks (Paperback)

German Army and Waffen-SS, Normandy Campaign 1944

WWII D-Day & Normandy Tanks Modelling German Forces & Weaponry in WWII WWII Photographic Books

By Dennis Oliver
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Tank Craft
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781526710932
Published: 4th September 2017
Expected Re-release Date: 31st January 2019


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Central to the German strategy of dealing with an Allied landing in France was the availability of a strong, mobile armoured reserve. In June 1944, as part of this force, the Army in the West was able to deploy over 300 Panther tanks, perhaps the best armoured fighting vehicle produced by Germany during the Second World War. British and American tank crews found to their horror that the Panthers could often survive numerous hits while a single round from one of their 75mm guns was enough to destroy any enemy tank. In his book, his third in the Tank Craft series, Dennis Oliver uses archive photographs and painstakingly researched, exquisitely presented colour illustrations to examine the part these powerful tanks played in the Normandy battles and also the battalions that operated them. As with previous titles in the Tank Craft series, a large part of this book showcases available model kits and aftermarket products and accessories, complemented by a gallery of skilfully constructed and painted models.

I already wrote about one book in this series, Sherman Tanks (Tankcraft #2), and now have read a few more, both in paper and in eBook versions. The more I leaf through them, the more enthusiastic I get. These are real gems for both scale modelers and those of us interested in the technical aspects of these tanks.

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FSAddon, Francois A. 'The Navman' Dumas

This is a book that has been designed to inform and enthuse the modeller.

IPMS Magazine

This is an excellent book covering German Panther tanks involved in the fighting after the Normandy Landing in 1944. It has a time line and some excellent photographs. However the colour plates are outstanding and aimed at detailed information on individual tanks that the author has identified. I had thought it would be another 'ho hum' book about German tanks, but it certainly was not, with some excellent research by the author that has to impress any reader. There is even detail of some of the tank commanders. I was quite taken with this book and recommend it not only to modellers, to whom it is firstly aimed, but also to historians who will enjoy reading the detailed research put into it.

Malcolm Wright, Australian Maritime Artist & Author

For the modeller or the wargamer, this is a worthwhile addition to the bookshelf. Colour details are excellent and accurate as are the marking details. I am looking now for both my glue for the model sitting on my workbench as well as hunting around for the wargame vehicles for my late German Army. Highly recommended

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Thomo's Hole - reviewed by Ian Thompson

An inexpensive book on a popular subject and other tanks already covered in this series include the Tiger, Jagdpanther and Sherman. Well worth a look if Panthers float your boat!

Military Vehicle Trust

Another excellent book from Dennis Oliver. The Tank Craft series has become very popular with modellers and enthusiasts. This new addition to the range meets the criteria of excellent photographs and drawings with descriptive text and full captions – Very Highly Recommended.

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Very much a modellers book that tied in so well with the details of the tank and the context of the history surrounding it. Good value and well worth adding to your reference shelf.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

About Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver is the author of over twenty books on Second World War armoured vehicles including Codename Swallow: British Sherman Tanks at Alamein, To The Last Bullet: Germany's War on 3 Fronts, Westwall: German Armour in the West 1945, Viking Summer and A Sound Like Thunder.

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