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The Armour of Hitler's Allies in Action, 1943–1945 (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Military Photographic Books WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich WWII > Photographic Books

By Ian Baxter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 250 mono integrated
ISBN: 9781399085441
Published: 9th December 2022



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While much has been written about the Nazis’ panzers, comparatively little is known about the armoured vehicles in service with the other Axis armies. This classic Images of War book redresses the balance by covering in detail the equipment operated by these nations supporting Hitler’s war machine.

Using rare and often unpublished photographs with full captions and authoritative text, it provides a comprehensive coverage of Romanian, Bulgarian and Hungarian tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles. In addition, it describes Yugoslavian, Serbian and Slovakian armour in addition to armour originating from the Fatherland.

Examples of tanks and assault guns are the Romanian TCAM R-2 (Panzer 35t tank destroyer), TACAM T-38 (Panzer 38t), the Bulgarian Jadgpanzer 38(t), StuG40 Ausf.G, Pz.Kp.IV AusH and the Hungarian StuG.III Ausf.G, not forgetting Tigers & Panthers.

As well as giving technical specifications, the book traces the fighting record of these vehicles between 1943 – 1945. It shows how armoured units fought bands of partisans, and were used to defend their frontiers against the overwhelming might of the Red Army, until they were either captured or destroyed.

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The armoured components, and indeed the entire contribution of the Bulgarian, Hungarian and Romanian armies to the German effort on the Eastern Front is often overlooked if not ignored altogether. In some respects this is understandable as many of their vehicles were of German origin, such as the StuG III, Panzer IV, Panther and Tiger, but they also included the Czech-designed Panzer 35 and 38 light tanks, the Romanian R-2 and Hungarian Nimrod self-propelled anti-tank guns, the Csaba armoured car, Toldi light tank, Turan Medium tank, and the Zrinyi assault gun. As one would expect of the Images of War series, all of the above vehicles and more besides are profiled alongside a broad range of excellent quality photographs which show them in a variety of situations and settings. They also show the men of these armies and in so doing shed some light on their neglected role, not only in the bitter defensive battles against the Red Army from 1943-45, but also the fighting in the rear areas against the partisans.

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Historical Miniatures Gaming Society, November 2023

This book provides a solid overview examination of the involvement of Hungarian, Romanian and Bulgarian armored forces on the Eastern Front.

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It is a well-written and informative book that is sure to appeal to both military historians and modelers.

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About Ian Baxter

Ian Baxter is a much-published author and photographic collector whose books draw an increasing following. Among his many previous titles in the Images of War Series are Hitler’s Boy Soldiers, Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants, The Ghettos of Nazi Occupied Poland, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Advance, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Retreat, The Crushing of Army Group (North) and the SS Waffen Division series including SS Leibstandarte Division, SS Totenkopf Division At War, Waffen SS of the Baltic States, Waffen SS at Arnhem and Waffen SS in the Ardennes. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.

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