Russia's Armoured Spearhead
Von Kleist, one of Hitler’s best panzer leaders, described the T-34 as ‘The finest tank in the world’. There could have been no finer accolade from a commander whose panzer divisions experienced the full fury of its devastating attacks on the Eastern Front. Without doubt, the T-34 was one of the best tanks of all time, and in this volume in the TankCraft series Robert Jackson tells its story. He describes its conception in the 1930s, its development during the Second World War, and its post-war deployment to over thirty countries within the Soviet sphere of influence.
His book is an excellent reference work for the modeller, providing details of available kits, together with artworks showing the colour schemes applied to the T-34 by its operators throughout the world. Photographs, many in colour, illustrate the T-34 in action and there is a section dealing with the range of armoured vehicles that were built using the T-34 chassis.
Robert Jackson's introduction to the T-34 is necessary reading for tank enthusiasts and tank modellers alike.
In addition to the text there are plenty of archive photos which illustrate the tanks in action. This is another useful addition to the Tankcraft series from Pen and Sword, a series they are developing rather nicely.Military Model Scene - Robin Buckland
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