Read review, 'Hitler's panzers, the complete history 1933-1945'. | Armorama™

Often it is assumed that Hitler’s panzers stormed into action perfectly formed, driving through the armies of the Poles in 1939 and the French in 1940 and defeating them. The dramatic blitzkrieg victories won by the Wehrmacht early in the Second World War – in which the panzers played a leading role – tend to confirm this impression. But, as Anthony Tucker-Jones demonstrates in this illustrated, comprehensive and revealing history of the panzers, this is far from the truth.

This is partial text from the full article (usually with photos) at

Regarding the text page samples: I find one annoying issue in each of them.

page 111 says the 505 were “afterwards” issued new steel-wheel Tigers. But that didn’t happen until April 1944. It seems pointless to include that event, in such technical detail, when talking about July 1943. Why not mention the five Tigers they received shortly after Kursk?

Page 99 talks about “the 88mm cannon” as a possible future weapon for the Tiger tank. But the Tiger already existed and already had an 88mm cannon. The author lets us down by not explaining or even naming the two distinct types of 88mm cannon involved here.

And I have a question about the book’s cover. It features two photographs of Tigers. One belongs to the Bundesarchiv; the other to a photo collector. Was he asked for the commercial use of his photo?


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