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Tank Craft 38: Panther German Army Medium Tank (Paperback)

Italian Front, 1944–1945

Colour Books Military > Modelling Military > Tanks Photographic Books WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Italian Front WWII > German Forces & Weaponry WWII > Photographic Books

By Dennis Oliver
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Tank Craft
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781399065009
Published: 4th October 2022



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The Allied invasions of Sicily and the Italian mainland had been met with tenacious resistance by the Germans but the defence consisted for the most part of armoured units that were little different to those the British had faced in North Africa. But in early 1944, with the landings at Anzio and Nettuno and the attempt to bypass the German defensive line, the Wehrmacht’s high command began shipping heavier and more powerful tanks to the Southern Front including an increasing number Tigers and Panthers. The initial models of the latter had gone into combat for the first time in July 1943 and it was planned that every Panzer regiment would eventually contain a battalion of these impressive vehicles. 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 V tanks that wee an integral part of the German defence of the Italian peninsula. 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.

“I was impressed at the amount of information and history found in the pages of this extremely enjoyable book.”

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I totally recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the Italian campaign and of course the Panther tank.

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Scale Modelling Now

Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders. Excellent quality reference for the price.

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AMPS (Armor Modeling & Preservation Society)

Another very nicely done TankCraft book, aimed primarily at modellers. The whole series, mixing the history, details of the real vehicles along with first class models, and accompanied by a good selection of archive images included throughout the book, this is another well worth adding to your reference shelf I think.

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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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