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Panzer III (Paperback)

Hitler's Beast of Burden

WWII Photographic Books Colour Books Military

By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 111
ISBN: 9781473891050
Published: 8th May 2017



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The Panzerkampfwagen III Panzer III was one of the German army's principal tanks of the Second World War, yet its history is often overlooked in comparison to its more famous successors the Panzer IV, Panther and Tiger. Anthony Tucker-Jones, in this volume in the Images of War series, provides a visual account of the tank in over 150 wartime photographs and describes in a concise text its development and operational history.

The Panzer III was designed as part of Hitlers re-armarment programme in the mid-1930's and played a key role in the German blitzkrieg offensives in Poland, France and the Soviet Union. Although it lacked adequate firepower and could not match more advanced Allied tanks like the T-34, it stayed in service in North Africa and on the Eastern Front and it was still encountered in action in Normandy towards the end of the war. Its reliable chassis was also adapted for assault gun production. In this form, as the Sturmgeschtz III, it took part in the defensive battles fought by the Wehrmacht as it retreated in Italy, France and eastern Europe.

Anthony Tucker-Jones's selection of photographs show the Panzer III in every theatre of the war and at every stage, and his text gives an insight into the design history and fighting performance of this historic armoured vehicle.

This book in the Images of War series details the various models of the PzKwIII of the German army during WW2. It covers armament changes and various upgrades as well as some of its faults and advantages.
The text is rather more than images, but I liked that as the information contained in the volume is interesting but also clarifies the service of this tank. Under-armed at first, it was up-graded but seems to have only achieved superiority over its foes for very brief periods after which they always got ahead of it. The PzIII was not a well protected tank and its success in most battles relied upon the skill of its crews and on the superior tactics used by the German army.
The photographic cover is good and mostly of images I had not seen before.

Mal Wright Author. British and Commonwealth Warships WW2 Camouflage.

A part of the "Images of War" series, looking at the ubiquitous but strangely often ignored Panzer III, which played a central role in the German military machine during the Second World War. The large and diverse photographs in this book describe its evolution from the first model to enter service to the last of its numerous variants, which saw it gradually upgunned and armoured in a losing battle for parity against the more modern and capable Allied tanks. Each of these modifications are briefly described, with the rare and carefully selected photographs showing the Panzer III in a range of theatres and situations. It also details the specialist variants, including the flame-thrower, amphibious, and command models, as well as the famous StuG-III Assault Gun, and captured vehicles which were converted and put into service with the Red Army.

Pegasus Archive, Mark Hickman

Without doubt, the key strength of this book is its extensive availability of photographic evidence that allows readers to almost go back in time and relive the historical moments. The high quality of images makes identifying specific vehicle components an easy task; this greatly complements the text-based explanations. It is particularly fascinating and refreshing to see the image of an SU-76i, which is a Soviet captured Panzer III chassis repurposed into an assault gun. As a German armour enthusiast, this book offers many rare photographs that not only show the vehicles themselves but also the battlefield conditions in which they had to operate, thereby permitting us to better understand how these tanks coordinated with infantry and other units.

It would hardly be an exaggeration to say that the Panzer III was indeed Hitler’s “beast of burden”. If one carefully observes the physical appearance of the Panzer IV and the Tiger, one notices how closely they resemble the Panzer III. Overall, this book is a must-have for any German Panzer enthusiast.

Kunwon Saw, Freelance

Another tome from Anthony Tucker-Jones where he relates the story of the Panzerkampfwagen III. Whilst not as well-known as its stable mate the Panzer IV or the more formidable Panther and Tiger, the Panzer III played a prominent role in the early campaigns in Poland, France and the Low Countries as well as the Western Desert and the early stages of the campaign on the Eastern Front

Scale Military Modeller International, September 2017 – reviewed by Tom Cole

This addition to the very popular Images of War series is another well-researched and well-presented book from Tucker-Jones. – The text should not be underestimated. It is concise and clear, very capably supporting an outstanding selection of rare images of one of the German Army’s most important tanks – Highly Recommended.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones is a writer, military historian and a widely published expert on regional conflicts, counter-terrorism and armoured and aerial warfare. He has had over fifty books published by Pen & Sword. His recent titles include The Battle for Budapest 1944-1945, The Battle for the Caucasus 1942-1943, Hitler’s Panzers: The Complete History 1933-1945 and Allied Armour 1939-1945: British and American Tanks at War. For further information his website can be found at www.atuckerjones.com.

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