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Tank Craft 25: Tiger I & Tiger II Tanks (Paperback)

German Army and Waffen-SS Normandy Campaign 1944

Colour Books Military > Modelling Military > Tanks Photographic Books WWII > Battles & Campaigns > D-Day & Normandy

By Dennis Oliver
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Tank Craft
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 200 colour & black and white
ISBN: 9781526771636
Published: 30th September 2020



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In spite of the relatively small numbers involved, the Tiger I and Tiger II tanks of the German Army and Waffen-SS heavy Panzer formations played a central role in resisting the Allied invasion of France in the summer of 1944. British and American tank crews found to their dismay that the Tigers could survive numerous hits while a single round from one of their 88mm guns was enough to penetrate the strongest armour. In his latest book in the TankCraft series Dennis Oliver uses archive photographs and painstakingly researched, exquisitely presented colour illustrations to examine the part these powerful tanks played in the Normandy battles and also the units that operated them. As with previous titles, a large part of this book showcases available model kits and aftermarket products and accessories, complemented by a gallery of skillfully constructed and painted models. Descriptions of technical details as well as modifications introduced during production and in the field are also provided giving the modeller all the information and knowledge required to recreate authentic miniature representations of the Panthers that fought in the fields and hedgerows of Normandy during the summer of 1944.

This is one of the strongest volumes in the Tankcraft series and highly recommended to all those with an interest in German armour or the fighting in Normandy.

Military Modelcraft International, December 2020

Provides modellers with a combination of historical research, colour profiles, a round up of available modelling products and a gallery of build projects.

Airfix Model World Magazine May 2021

Featured in

WWII History

Must-have Military Tank Modeling Series in our personal library.

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Miniaturas JM

Video review on Scale Modelling Now

Scale Modelling Now

5/5 stars: Great book for model makers interested in these iconic AFVs

Miniature Armoured Fighting Vehicles Association

Reviewed alongside Tank Craft 13 & 20

Verdict: Oliver's three books provide a unique insight into the Tiger, its origins, development and use while also being an excellent resource for modellers.

Classic Military Vehicle, February 2021

Review by Ben Brandes

The color plates are a terrific centerpiece of the book, and I heartily recommend any of these volumes by Pen & Sword to modelers.

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Highly recommended.

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AMPS Indianapolis

I suspect modelers who like to build Tigers will like this volume as much as this former modeler did.

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The Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

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Irregular magazine, issue 14 Volume 2/Winter 2020

Another fine addition to the series by author Dennis Oliver, with content not just for the armour historian but also a first-class reference for armour modellers, whichever is your preferred scale. The TankCraft series is a real boon to AFV modellers, and produced at a reasonable price too.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

The book does a fair job as a stand alone offering, but its value is increased when combined with the other titles covering these specific tanks.

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You understand that I liked this book very much and that I would be discussing about Tiger I and II for hours, but the space for a review must necessarily be short. I recommend this book by expert Dennis Oliver, which in 64 pages, manages to include a huge number of information, photos, diagrams, profiles, which will delight any fan of WWII armored vehicles.

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On The Old Barbed Wire

Once again, the Tank Craft series treats us to excellent technical information, a good narrative and summary of its service in Normandy and for the modeller all one could ask in creating authentic models. The author has a track history (pun intended) in producing these guides that are a fusion of history and craft.

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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