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Tank Craft 8: Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer (Paperback)

German Army and Waffen-SS, Western Europe 1944-1945

Military > Modelling Military > Tanks WWII > Photographic Books

By Dennis Oliver
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Tank Craft
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781526710895
Published: 8th January 2018
Last Released: 1st August 2022



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Combining the destructive firepower of the 88mm gun with the outstanding mobility of the Panther series, the Jagdpanther is quite probably the best-known tank destroyer of the Second World War. In the vehicle's first action on 30 July 1944, three Jagdpanthers managed to destroy eleven British tanks in a vicious two minute firefight near the village of Les Loges in Normandy, cementing the Jagdpanther's reputation as a potent tank killer. In his fifth book in the TankCraft series, Dennis Oliver uses contemporary photographs and meticulously researched, superbly presented colour and monochrome illustrations to tell the story of these heavy self-propelled anti-tank guns and the units which operated them in the German defence of the Western Front. As with all the books in the TankCraft series, a large part of this work showcases available model kits and aftermarket products, complemented by a gallery of expertly constructed and painted models. Technical details as well as modifications introduced during production and in the field are also explained giving the modeller all the information and knowledge required.

This book is aimed at the modeller being very concise in the information provided within its pages. It firstly details the history, design, development and performance of the vehicle along with archive photos of the tank in service with good colour plates, as well as in action. Added to this is a number of detailed model builds, showing the various kits available with accessories. Very useful and informative!

IPMS Keighley

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Iron Mammoth

This is one neat book and will be of great interest to both modelers and AFV historians alike.

AMPS Indianapolis

Once again, Dennis Oliver strikes the right note with this excellent book that will suit both modeller and historian alike.

I rate this book with an excellent five out of five.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

Dennis Oliver has garnered a place with me as a firm favourite due to his writing style and how information is presented to the reader. He also tackles subjects that require much larger page counts than these books allow for, but for the most part I am very impressed with his efforts. This particularly offering provides a lot of factual information in both the written and photographic format. The modelling section gives the modeller some directions with the aftermarket being particularly useful.

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The colour profiles, or Camouflage And Markings illustrations are, as usual, excellent... another great instalment in this excellent series.

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A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

Nobody can say that the German Army did not have a machine for every aspect of the war. The Jagdpanther tank destroyer is a prime example of the industrious power of the Third Reich at the time. Once again, Dennis Oliver has given us a culmination of great reference material and quality modeling.

Ray Stryker Ace, Scale Models & Dioramas of World War II (Facebook)

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IPMS Magazine September - October 2018

Pros: Really interesting concept to combine historical, technical and modeling content in one book. Nicely illustrated. Good selection of paint schemes tied to specific units and periods; good kit and accessory reviews; good, brief unit histories.

Highly Recommended for Beginner to Intermediate builders.

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Verdict: An exhaustive study which will definitely help the modeler achieve true scale and realism in their work, while also imparting some interesting history.

Classic Military Vehicle, June 2018

I love it. An interesting book with a varied number of contents aimed at fans in general and the model of battle tanks in particular.

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José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM

I already wrote about one book in this series, Sherman Tanks (Tankcraft #2), and now have read a few more, both in paper and in eBook versions. The more I leaf through them, the more enthusiastic I get. These are real gems for both scale modelers and those of us interested in the technical aspects of these tanks.

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FSAddon, Francois A. 'The Navman' Dumas

Another useful addition to the Tankcraft series from Dennis Oliver and an ideal modellers reference.

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Military Model Scene - Robin Buckland

This popular series is aimed primarily at model makers and engineers but it contains first class illustration and a very effective text overview of the Jagdpanther. This new book covers the development, on the Panther chassis, of a very effective tank destroyer – Highly Recommended.

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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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