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Panzer III: German Army Light Tank (Paperback)

Operation Barbarossa 1941

WWII Russia & the Eastern Front Tanks Photographic Books Colour Books Military

By Dennis Oliver
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Tank Craft
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 200 colour & black and white
ISBN: 9781526771711
Published: 7th August 2020


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Panzer III: German Army Light Tank, Operation Barbarossa, 1941. TankCraft 27. The Pzkpfw III tank was the mainstay of the Panzer divisions during the Blitzkrieg era, which could fairly be said to have ended with the Germans' failure to take Moscow in the winter of 1941. Although less heavily armoured than many of its opponents and somewhat outgunned by the latest Soviet types, the Pzkpfw III was at the forefront of the advances made over almost impossible distances during the summer and autumn and provided the core of the armoured reserve that fought the defensive battles of the winter months. In Dennis Oliver's latest volume in the TankCraft series he uses archive photos and extensively researched colour illustrations to examine the Pzkpfw III and the units that operated this deservedly famous armoured vehicle along a 1,000-mile front during the battles of Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union. 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.

This is one of those superb books from Pen and Sword that are intended primarily for model makers but also provide brilliantly told facts about the history of these amazing machines.

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Iron Mammoth

The quality of information and production are excellent. Anyone interested in tanks will find this book worthwhile; as for modelers embarking on a panzer III on the eastern front project, a copy of this should be on their craft desk.

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Beating Tsundoku

Another fine book in the TankCraft series from author Dennis Oliver. I also rather like it for concentrating on a period of German armour where the colour schemes are still all Panzer Grey rather than the more varied multi-colour camouflage seen on German armour from 1943. I am sure armour historians and modellers will both enjoy this one.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

An excellent and highly useful book.

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A Question of Scale

It is another issue of Tank Craft (number 27) which is dedicated in particular to a fairly small tank in terms of size, perhaps devoid of the charm of Tigers or Panthers, but which refers to a fairly limited historical period , and for me is a winner. I am sure that you too, whether you are newbies or professional modelers, will consider trying to build a Panzer III and maybe a diorama inspired by the beautiful photos, coloration schemes or the works of the modelers featured in this fantastic volume.

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On The Old Barbed Wire

The information is concise, clear and accurate, all the pictures and diagrams are large clean and of a high standard which really make the book pop.

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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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