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The Panzer IV (Paperback)

Hitler's Rock

WWII WWII Photographic Books Military

By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 123
Illustrations: 150
ISBN: 9781473856752
Published: 18th April 2017


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The Panzerkampfwagen Mk IV proved to be the one constant in Hitler's Panzerwaffe throughout the Second World War - the German equivalent of the American Sherman and the Soviet T-34. In this companion volume to his best-selling visual histories of the Tiger and Panther tanks, Anthony Tucker-Jones provides a concise account of the Mk IV's design, development and performance in combat. The Mk IV served on every major front, in France, the Balkans, North Africa, the Soviet Union and, at the end of the war, in Germany itself - it was a key weapon in the blitzkrieg attacks launched early in the war and in the later desperate defence of the Reich.

Using over 150 rare wartime photographs, plus a selection of specially commissioned colour, he describes how the initial design of the Mk IV was modified and refined throughout the course of the conflict to counter the threats posed by ever more formidable Allied tanks and anti-tank guns on the battlefield. While the Mk IV was never produced in the same numbers as the leading Allied tanks, it was without doubt one of the principal armoured vehicles of the Second World War, and Anthony Tucker-Jones's highly illustrated history is the ideal introduction to it.

The written content is very informative and easy to understand making this a great book for all.

I would recommend this to add to anyone’s library.

Highly recommended.

Model Military International, March 2018 – reviewed by Andrew Judson

In numerous regards, the Panzer IV was the true main battle tank for the German Panzerwaffe throughout World War II. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the Mark IV and to anyone who wishes to learn more about this remarkable tank.

Kunwon Saw, Freelance

SMMI regular Anthony Tucker-Jones is a well-known and respected author celebrated for his work on armour and armoured warfare and in this latest volume he relates how the Panzer IV served in every campaign that used large armoured forces from the invasion of Poland through to the fall of Berlin. It is testimony to how sound the original design was that the Panzer IV could be up-gunned and up-armoued from the early Ausf A to the final Ausf J

Scale Military Modeller International, September 2017 – reviewed by Tom Cole

A valuable addition to a very popular series. – This reviewer wonders about the addition of ‘special’ to some books in the Images of War Series, because they are all special. However this book is well up to standard for the series – Highly Recommended.

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The text is very well illustrated with many photographs showing Mk. IV's in all theatres and terrain conditions, these will prove to be a gold mine for the modeller when trying to get your model to look right. You also get 13 pages of colour illustrations (front, rear and side views) of various marks of Panzer IV which will make useful painting guides.

Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers

All in all a comprehensive coverage of the Pz IV and a good selection of archive photos to illustrate the story throughout it's service life. Another informative piece of work for anyone interested in the German Panzers by author Anthony Tucker-Jones.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones is a prolific writer on the history of fighting vehicles and armoured warfare. He has also written extensively on military affairs and terrorism. After a career in the intelligence community, he became a freelance defence writer and military historian. His most recent books are Hitler's Great Panzer Heist, Falaise: The Flawed Victory, Stalin's Revenge: Operation Bagration and the Annihilation of Army Group Centre, Operation Dragoon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944, Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front, Armoured Warfare in the North African Campaign, Armoured Warfare in the Battle for Normandy, The Kalashnikov in Combat and The Soviet-Afghan War.

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