Wehrmact Panzer Divisions 1939-45; Essential Vehicle Identification Guide series.

Wehrmact Panzer Divisions 1939-45; Essential Vehicle Identification Guide series.

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Chris Bishop was a prolific military historian who wrote and contributed to numerous military publications during a career spanning over 25 years. His books include German Campaigns of WW2; The Rise of Hitler's Third Reich; SS-Hitler's Foreign Divisions; The Essential Tank Identification Guide; Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions; Panzergrenadier Divisions 1939-45; The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide; Luftwaffe Squadrons 1939-45 and many more.

Jorge Rosado is a video game artist with a passion for armoured fighting vehicles. He has worked on the creations of such video games as NCA Football and Nuclear Strike for Electronic Arts Incorporated.

This is a hardback book measuring 9¾ x 7½ inches with a coloured slip-jacket which matches the twin covers of the book. The 192 pages contain some excellent black and white photos and is illustrated with detailed artworks of vehicles and their markings. The book is a definitive study of the equipment and organisation of Germany's Panzer Divisions during World War II.

The book is divided into Four main chapters, The Pre-War Divisions (1st - 5th Divisions), The 1939 Divisions (6th-10th) Divisions, The 1940-41 Panzer Divisions (11th - 23rd Divisions) and finally, The Later Wartime Panzer Divisions (24th - 26th, 116th and 130th Divisions). Each of the main chapters is divided into sections containing the history of each division in the chronological order of which they were formed. With 28 Divisions formed, there is plenty to read and observe.The sections contain the previously mentioned artworks as well as photos and Organisation Charts using Tactical Symbols.

The coloured illustration, all supplied by Co-Author Jorge Rosado, feature all armoured vehicles used by the various Panzer units from Tanks (including captured enemy tanks), Tank Destroyers, Flame-Throwers, Self-Propelled Artillery, Armoured Cars, Munitions Supplies Vehicles, Armoured Bridgelayers, Anti-Aircraft Artillery and assorted Specialist Vehicles. It really is a jewel of a book to have. I personally feel it should be entitled "An Encyclopedia", the information contained within it is that good and that well organised!

I feel this will mainly be of interest to the Modeller, but there is plenty for the War-Gamer, Historian or Scholar. Details are accurate, photos are clear and artworks give an excellent indication of how the vehicles should have looked during their years of service.

I cannot praise this book highly enough and recommend it to you with an
Outstanding 5/5.

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