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Tank Craft 35: Panzer IV, Medium Tank (Paperback)

German Army and Waffen-SS Normandy Campaign, Summer 1944

WWII D-Day & Normandy Tanks Modelling Photographic Books Colour Books German Forces & Weaponry in WWII Military

By Dennis Oliver
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Tank Craft
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 100 colour & 100 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399018043
Published: 4th May 2022

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When the Allied armies landed on the Normandy beaches on 6 June 1944 the backbone of the armoured reaction force awaiting them was made up of 758 Pzkpfw IV tanks, a number which represents almost half the fully-tracked vehicles available for the defence of the West. The first models of these tanks had entered service in November 1937 and although replacements had been considered, the original design was continually up-gunned and up-armoured. Perhaps lacking the glamour of the Panther and Tiger, the most recent variant, the Pzkpfw IV ausf H, was at least the equal of the best British and American tanks. Drawing on official documentation and unit histories Dennis Oliver investigates the formations that operated these deservedly famous vehicles and uses archive photos and extensively researched colour illustrations to examine the markings, camouflage and technical aspects of the Pzkpfw IV tanks that served on the Western Front during the critical summer of 1944. 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 vehicles.

The author confines his attention in this volume to the operations of the Panzerkampfwagen IV, Ausführung H, concentrating on the period of 6th July to 21st August 1944 providing a chronology of action of the units involved, production and allocation charts and maps of approximate locations for their action in Normandy. He discusses the new Gliederung (structure) of those forces with their new allocations of armour. He packs a lot in the 64 pages. It's primarily an enthusiast's and scale modeller's reference with 50 black and white photos, 9 charts, and 22 pages of modelling references to include 20 colour side views of the Panzer IV. Enpictured are some superb models made by James Nigel Panaganiban, Theodoros Kalamatas, Yvan Garnier and Konstantinos Kalogeropoulos. There are some interesting photos with many details labeled, which I found interesting. This will ultimately be part of a series of references on the Panzer IV.

Gary Wenko

This is another lovely addition to the TankCraft series, which is aimed primarily at armour modellers, along with some useful background history to the tanks and units that took part in the Normandy campaign of 1944, so bound to be popular I think.

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Military Model Scene

"A very comprehensive coverage of the German units using Panzer IVs during the Normandy campaign, with plenty of detailed photos, color profile drawings with descriptions of the specific tank and unit..."

AMPS April 2022

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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