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Tank Craft 34: Panther Medium Tank (Paperback)

German Army and Waffen SS Eastern Front Summer, 1943

WWII Tanks Modelling Photographic Books Colour Books Military

By Dennis Oliver
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Tank Craft
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 100 colour & 100 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399017961
Published: 4th May 2022

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In July 1943 the German army launched what was to be its last major offensive on Soviet soil. Codenamed Operation Citadel, the attack had initially been scheduled to commence in May but was postponed by Hitler on a number of occasions to allow the divisions in the East to be reinforced and to ensure that the new Panther tanks could be deployed. In the fifth book on the Panther in this series Dennis Oliver examines the first vehicles that left the assembly plants to go into service against the Red Army as part of Operation Citadel and the units that arrived in the late summer and early autumn of 1943. In addition to archive photographs and painstakingly researched, exquisitely presented colour illustrations, a large part of this book showcases 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 the Panther tanks that fought in the East in 1943.

Throughout the book contemporary black and photos are liberally deployed - I counted roughly 45-ish - illustrating the subject. These range from crisp full page images to some small and rather poor quality pictures. This is another excellent and impressively thorough addition by Oliver to what is a very useful series for the WWIII German armour buff.

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A Question of Scale

As I have said with previous books in this series the Tank Craft books are brilliant for model makers, you get so many detailed photos of the various tank models in the process of being made.

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The History Fella

In this fifth volume concerning the German Panther, the author covers the first use of the tank in combat with copious information of the unit formations that faced the Soviets in Operation Citadel. Primarily an enthusiasts' and scale modelling guide there is some pretty good information to be had. There is a chronology from January to December 1943 which is supported by a table of establishment for Panzer-Regiment Von Lauchert (July 1943). There is also a chart of Panther production and allocation during that period. Within the 64 pages there are 55 black and white photographs, some of which have details pointed out. In the 22 pages of the modelling section there are 16 colour vehicle profiles and an additional 8 turret profiles showing stowage and marking variations. Model kit manufacturers are identified and there are four sections of museum quality builds by Theodoros Kalamatas, Kentaro Takabayashi, Sebastian Keudell and Sungjun Jang. The specificity of such a publication makes it well worth adding to one's library.

Todd Shugart - Japanese Aviation

In this fifth volume concerning the German Panther, the author covers the first use of the tank in combat with copious information of the unit formations that faced the Soviets in Operation Citadel. Primarily an enthusiasts' and scale modelling guide there is some pretty good information to be had. There is a chronology from January to December 1943 which is supported by a table of establishment for Panzer-Regiment Von Lauchert (July 1943). There is also a chart of Panther production and allocation during that period. Within the 64 pages there are 55 black and white photographs, some of which have details pointed out. In the 22 pages of the modelling section there are 16 colour vehicle profiles and an additional 8 turret profiles showing stowage and marking variations. Model kit manufacturers are identified and there are four sections of museum quality builds by Theodoros Kalamatas, Kentaro Takabayashi, Sebastian Keudell and Sungjun Jang. The specificity of such a publication makes it well worth adding to one's library.

Dennis Oliver

About Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver is the author of over twenty books on Second World War armoured vehicles includin Panther Tanks: German Army an Waffen-55, Normandy Campaign 1944; Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer: German Army, Western Europe 1944-1945; and Tiger I and Tiger II Tanks:German Army and Waffen-55, The last Battles in the West, 1945.

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