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Tank Craft 18: Panther Tanks: Germany Army and Waffen-SS (ePub)

Defence of the West

Colour eBooks Military > Modelling Military > Tanks Military > Weaponry WWII > German Forces & Weaponry WWII > Photographic eBooks

By Dennis Oliver
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Tank Craft
File Size: 15.2 MB (.epub)
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781526755919
Published: 16th April 2019


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In late 1944 and 1945 the Panther tank played an important role in Germany’s desperate efforts to stem the Allied advance on the Western Front. The Panther, perhaps the best armoured vehicle produced by Germany during the Second World War, was a key element in the Wehrmacht’s defensive tactics, in rearguard actions and counter-attacks, and it took a prominent part in the last German offensive of the war, in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge.

So it is an ideal subject for Dennis Oliver’s latest volume in the TankCraft series. He uses archive photos and extensively researched colour illustrations to examine the Panther tanks and units of the German army and Waffen-SS panzer battalions that struggled to resist the Allied onslaught.

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.

Must-have Military Modeling Series in our library.

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Miniaturas JM

He's [Dennis Oliver] become quite the master in combining historical fact with relevant photographs and blending in details for the scale modeller.

IPMS Magazine

As featured on Scale Modelling Now

Scale Modelling Now

An excellent addition to the Tankcraft series, highly recommended to students of World War II German armour.

Militray Modelcraft International – reviewed by David Grummitt

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FineScale Modeler

In summary, this a great book, especially for beginners and intermediate modelers, or those building their first Panther tank.


his one is well done, as are the other books in the series as they are by the same author. The format is a bit different as the history and units portion is divided by the profiles and modeling section before continuing, but you get used to it. Well worth picking up if you are a fan of the type.

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Modeling Madness

Written and designed primarily for those engaged in model aking, this book ilustrates to perfection the greatest tank ever produced for use by the german army. An amazing vehicle that took part in any battles, and in particular the Battle of the Bulge.

Books Monthly

Quality documentation that will delight vehicle modelers, historians and military researchers.

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Miniaturas JM

The Panther Tank has long been a favourite of scale modelers and, with this book in hand, you'll be wanting to build more.

The book has everything we've come to expect from the Tank Craft series, historical facts, camouflage reference, model showcases, and of course, well written and illustrated. All the great kits are covered here including the Airfix 1/76 scale kit (it had to really). Some of the larger scale kit in the showcase are superb.

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Vintage Airfix

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The Armourer, August 2019

All in all, Panther Tanks is a fine addition to Pen & Sword’s growing library of books on World War II vehicles, and is highly recommended.

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Wargames Illustrated, July 2019

This title is a cracking first port of call for any scale modeller interested in creating a miniature version of the Panther tank. The scale modelling section is full colour with some very high quality modelling on offer.

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Scale Modelling Now

It’s a good book, and I recommend it to people interested in WWII tanks and unit organizations.

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Miniature Wargaming

Dennis's second book on the Panther Tank is a wonderful companion to his first book on this subject. Historian or Scale Modeler, who is not aware of the formidable Panther Tank of the German Army? I have been model building for over 30 years and the Panther is without a doubt one of the most built models there is. Whether on its own, in a diorama or vignette, it remains a true favorite. Dennis does an excellent job again of blending reference with model building.

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

A very good, informative book, giving relevant information and advice.

Highly recommended for the Historian as well as the Model-Maker.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

This book is aimed particularly at the model makers, but the originality and quality
of its illustration, together with very good concise text, make this a very attractive
and low cost addition to the library of any military history enthusiasts.

As always in this series, the model-specific content is comprehensive and very
well presented with high quality full colour images. This covers not only kits of
the Panther, but also of the specialist parts offerings that turn an interesting model
into an outstanding competition grade model.

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Another excellent addition to the TankCraft series and a useful reference for modellers of this popular model subject as well, as there are some very good models of the Panther om the market these days. Good value for money and well worth having on any AFV modellers bookshelf.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

This is a great addition to the range of books covering tanks and authored by Dennis Oliver has made a stunning offering with this title considering the amount of space he had available and he has authored a title that all modellers should make space for in their library. The Panther tank is one of those tanks that have a huge appeal and this book from Pen and Sword is a great addition to the range. The cost of £11.99 is an absolute steal for what is offered and I cannot fault it in any way.

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Panther Tanks, German Army and Waffen-SS, Defence of the West, 1945" is the title of the 18th volume of Pen & Sword's TankCraft series, written by Dennis Oliver. He's become quite the master in combining historical fact with relevant photographs and blending in details for the scale modeller.
The scale modelling sections are filled with 121 colour photos. Models by Sheng Hui, Lim Kian Guan, and Luciano Rodriguez are pictured and scale model kits by Airfix, Amusing Hobby, Dragon, Hobby Boss, Italeri, Meng, Revell, Rye Field, Takom, Tamiya, and Trumpeter are discussed as well as 17 manufacturers of after market details in photo etch, resin and white metal. This is an excellent reference and well researched.

Japanese Aviation Society

This is the second Panther book from Dennis Oliver in the Tank Craft series and as with the first volume, that looks at the Panther in Normandy, the high standard is maintained. This book will prove inspirational for model makers building the Panther in this period. The numerous photographs of the Panther abandoned by the roadside tell the story of the final campaign for this AFV and the final picture of a Panther Ausf G flipped over on to its roof by a US Army bulldozer to clear a road is particularly poignant. Highly recommended to model makers and historians interested in German AFVs in the latter stages of the Second World War.


As regards useful info and inspiration, etc, these books are fab. And I'd highly recommend them.

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A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

I find that this series of which I have already reviewed some books is an excellent balance between the interest of the historian and that of the model maker. The books in a few pages are technical enough to be useful to the modeller who has already seen everything and to the historian who wants to know some more details, but as written above, the photos, both those of the vehicle and those of the kits, provide a mix which makes the books of this series an excellent starting point and an excellent investment for the enthusiasts.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

A continuation of this excellent series that maintains the quality of information regarding the tank formations coupled with the modelling insights. Highly recommended once again.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver is the author of over twenty books on Second World War armoured vehicles including Panzer III: German Army Light Tank, Operation Barbarossa 1941, Panzer III: German Army Light Tank, Tripoli to El Alamein, 1941-1942 and Stug III and Stug IV: German Army and Waffen-SS, Western Front, 1944-1945.

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