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

Italian Front, 1944–1945

WWII Tanks Modelling Photographic Books Colour Books German Forces & Weaponry in WWII WWII Photographic Books Italian Front in WWII Military

By Dennis Oliver
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Tank Craft
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 100 colour illustrations, 100 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399065009
Published: 30th 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.

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About Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver is the author of over twenty books on Second World War armoured vehicles including Sdkfz 251/9 and 251/22 Kanonenwagen: German Army and Waffen-SS Western and Eastern Fronts, 1944-1945, Panther Tanks: German Army and Waffen-SS, Normandy Campaign 1944 and Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer: German Army, Western Europe 1944-1945.

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