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The Armour of Rommel's Afrika Korps (Kindle)

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By Ian Baxter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
File Size: 62.9 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781526713810
eBook Released: 8th January 2019

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The Deutsche Afrika Korps (best known as simply Afrika Korps) built up a well-deserved reputation as a superb fighting machine. While this was founded on the leadership and tactical genius of its legendary commander Erwin Rommel and the fighting skills of its officers and men, another vital element was its equipment in general and armour in particular.

This superbly illustrated Images of War book reveals the full range of German armoured vehicles that saw service in North Africa over the two year period 1941 to mid-1943. As well as the formidable panzers , such as the Tiger and Panther tanks, there were Sturmartillerie equipments, reconnaissance vehicles, half- tracks, armoured cars, Panzerkampwagens and motor cycles. All had their roles to play.

While the Allies triumphed in North Africa ultimately, the combination of German design and engineering with superb generalship and fighting spirit, very nearly changed the course of the Second World War in 1942. Military historians and equipment enthusiasts will find this a fascinating and authoritative book.

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Classic Military Vehicle, July 2019

Given that the Afrika Korps only lasted a little over two years, there is much interest in Rommel’s troops in the Western Desert. The photographs here will provide inspiration for armour fans and diorama builders alike. Ian Baxter’s comprehensive text and informative captions greatly add to the book that will no doubt prove popular to all those interested in the Afrika Korps. Highly recommended.

MAFVA

he latest Pen and Sword text from the Images of War series is possibly one of its finest works. Author Ian Baxter has delivered what is brilliant in its vast array of information and stunning photographs. Well written and somewhat more extensive than other of the series texts this work will excite both the historical reader as well as the period builder of models.

What sets this book apart is the coverage of the theatre’s action in extremely clear photographic detail which are some of the best ever seen in the series.

The extensive and expert review of tank, halftrack and armor car models and variants.

In-depth description of each model type and its features and applications.

In its entirety you have one of the finest photographic studies which include a brisk written assessment of the period and operations. It had a superb flow to it and would be a great addition to any Second World War library. I would highly recommend it and include it with David Mitchelhil-Green’s With Rommel in the Desert and Inside the Afrika Corps by Reiner Kriebel, both published by Pen and Sword.

These recent publications continue the Pen and Sword effort to remain cutting edge in new works detailing the finer points of the desert campaign its historic operations and equipment. Without doubt one can still glean some new facts and information from these studies and enhance their knowledge of the period. Another must have Ian Baxter text which I strongly recommend for your enjoyment.

Richard Wade, Military Historian

Given that the Afrika Korps only lasted a little over two years, there is much interest in Rommel’s troops in the Western Desert. The photographs here will provide inspiration for armour fans and diorama builders alike. Ian Baxter’s comprehensive text and informative captions greatly add to the book that will no doubt prove popular to all those interested in the Afrika Korps.

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Amazon Customer

This offering from Pen and Sword as part of their ‘Images of War’ series is another great addition to that series. This book I feel can be best described as a visual history of the people and vehicles present at events that took place during the time the Germans were fighting in North Africa. These pictures are most of use to the modeller who likes to display their models on a diorama as this book offers a lot of visual reference possibilities in that respect. The cost alone of this title from Pen and Sword make it a must have for anyone with an interest in the Afrika Korps during World War Two.

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Armorama

All in all, this book is a solid affair that will not disappoint.

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War History Online

As expected, the photographs were excellent, with several showing Rommel and his staff poring over plans or discussing the battle. The ones showing the various pieces of armour were very good and gave me some ideas for future diorama/vignette projects. What I really liked was that they weren't showing "action" pics but photos from before or after battle or away from the battlefield, making them more of a personal nature.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

Fearsome armoury of the Desert Fox: Deadly Panzer tanks and heavy weaponry Rommel used against the Allies in WWII before defeat at the Battle of Alamein feature in fascinating new book

Mail Online 18/3/19

It's still a good addition to the WWII history nut's book collection, mainly thanks to the images.

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A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

The very popular Images of War series continues to expand with each book achieving a high standard but this is a volume that will prove specially successful because of the interest in the Desert Fox. The Germans were drawn into the North African Campaign as they were drawn into the Balkans, because Italian collapse threatened German war aims. - Much Recommended

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Firetrench

A great collection.

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The View From The Turret Vlog

The collection provides an interesting and unusual archive. The pictures are all provided with helpful and descriptive captioning.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

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Wargames Illustrated, January 2019

About Ian Baxter

Ian Baxter has produced a fine selection of highly illustrated books in the Images of War Series mainly covering Axis Forces in WW2. He is a dedicated collector of rare images and an expert in his field. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.

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