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Panzers of the Wehrmacht (Paperback)


Military > Tanks WWII > German Forces & Weaponry

By Alexander Ludeke
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Fact File
Pages: 127
ISBN: 9781473823976
Published: 21st September 2015


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German Panzers continue to exert a tremendous fascination for military historians and military vehicle enthusiasts alike. To the delight of all fans of tank warfare, this Fact File provides valuable reference on vehicles of the German Wehrmacht. During the Second World War the tank became the main weapon of every army. This Fact File edition provides a concise technical history of German WW2 tanks.

What a great little compilation of the German Panzer series of vehicles. As a model builder of World War II machinery, books such as this are an invaluable resource tool. Alexander Ludeke has condensed these machines into a pocket book full of photos and colored drawings and information about each of the Wehrmacht Panzers between 1933 and 1945. A great addition to the Fact File series!

Ray Stryker Ace, Scale Models & Dioramas of World War II (Facebook)

It is unusual to find a single volume that covers every vehicle and this makes it ideal for military historians, model makers, wargamers and those interested in armour... German wartime vehicles continue to generate widespread interest and this volume will satisfy many that are looking for a simple reference book.

Scale Military Modeler - Thomas Cole

This title in the Fact File series of pocket guides presents a short, but well researched overview of the main developments of the armoured vehicles used by the German army during WW2... This 128-page booklet provides a concise technical history of German tanks of the period.

Military Modelling - Stuart Asquith

Panzers of the Wehrmacht is a comprehensive listing of Panzers used by the Third Reich during the Second World War. Historian and author, Alexander Lüdeke, compiles the long list of these Panzers into short, highly detailed synopsis of each tank. The book is broken down into eight chapters spanning this 127-page soft cover book.

From cover to cover, the author has packed this book with excerpts about each tank outlined within. With each of these passages we are given a brief description of the creation and operational history along with a combination of black and white period photographs, museum pictures and colour profile renderings showing us what each of these vehicles look like. Included in each description is an insert table giving us statistical information behind the panzers, such as manufacturer, weights and measurements, fuel capacity, range, armament and more.

Panzers of the Wehrmacht 1933-1945 is a fantastic pocket reference to the Panzers of the German war machine of WWII. Although this is a short book the information provided is on-point and technical; well worth the cover price for its quick referencing qualities. The fastest personal reference guide to all of the Panzers of the German Wehrmacht…a must have for the modellers and the German armour enthusiast alike.

Highly Recommended!

MSC Review Connect - Todd Michalak

These paperbacks (German Heavy Artillery Guns, Panzers of the Wehrmacht and German Half-Tracks and Wheeled Vehicles) fall in to the Fact File range and while I haven’t seen any previous outings the three we have here are really very nice for what they achieve within the format.

This time round we have German tanks, heavy artillery and half-tracks to entertain us.

All three come with a good mix of text, archive photographs and some nice original artwork by Vincent Bourguignon accompanied by a degree of technical information.

Panzers of the Wehrmacht includes all the usual suspects and also takes a look at some of the design concepts and prototypes that never made it on to the production lines. Tank books are always a nightmare because they are, like music and football, open to intense subjectivity; but I have to say that Mr Ludecke really goes for it within the space. I put 2015 down as a bit of a highlight year for German armour in my bit of the world because I got to see a running Tiger, Panzer III and 38T. Hopefully I will add a Panther to the list some time soon.

I don’t mind saying I think these books are ideal for people new to our military world. They certainly whet the appetite for armour, MVs in general and artillery. I did the tried and tested thing and gave them to my son to look at with the closed question “would you have liked these when you were a lad?” and his answer was an emphatic “yes”. I think that just about covers it. I am not so young and I like them a lot. Good stuff.

War History Online - Mark Barnes
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