Panzergrenadiers 1942–1945 (Kindle)
Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
The term Panzergrenadier was introduced in 1942 and applied equally to the infantry component of Wehrmacht, Luftwaffe and later Waffen-SS Panzergrenadiere divisions.
As this classic new Images of War book describes, these elite divisions fought as mechanized infantry and escort for and in close cooperation with panzers and other armoured fighting vehicles. Trained to fight both mounted and on foot, their priority was to maintain the fast momentum of armoured troops on the battlefield.
Using a wealth of rare, often unpublished, photographs with detailed captions and text, the author charts the fighting record of the Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe Panzergrenadiertruppe units.
This includes their initial successes on the Eastern Front. But as defeat approached, they were forced on the defensive on all fronts including the bitter fighting in Italy and the Western Front. As well as describing their many actions, the book details the vehicles and weapons used and main personalities.
Overall, this book is an excellent collage of photos of these brave troops and the author has produced a remarkably interesting volume. There are many details which the photos highlight such as personal equipment and weapons, vehicles, the terrain traversed by the Panzergrenadiers and action shots of combat. It is an exceptionally good book, and the mainstay is of course its imagery. Anyone interested in photographs of the German Army in World War 2 would find this volume exceptionally good value and informative.Dr Stuart C Blank
The selection of archive images is of course the heart of the book, and it has a good balance of clear images of the men in these units, and their equipment. A few photos will be familiar to many, but most I had not seen before. An interesting mix among the images, especially in Russia, from the hot summer on the Steppe, to the deep snow, mud and winter white uniforms and vehicle camouflage. Among them are 2 or 3 showing the rare Ausf A version of the Sdkfz 251, with the extra vision blocks down the sides of the crew compartment, not seen on later versions. There are also a lot that show a number of AFVs carrying a large number of Tank Riders, which should offer lots of ideas for modellers especially. Another good addition to the series from Ian Baxter.Military Model Scene
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The photos are of the usual high quality and actually it’s nice to see ‘normal’ black and white photos rather than the fashion for colourized photos. Maybe an undermined group of men, it was interesting to read about them, when and where they tended to utilize and what they were having to work with regarding vehicles and weapons. A thoroughly good book, well written and presented with the text supporting the images well indeed. An excellent book for fans of German troops.UK Historian
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