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A useful, interesting read
on 28 February 2009
The book is an excellent, rare and therefore important record of a Wehrmacht heavy tank destroyer battalion, concentrating mainly on the second half of the Second World War.
The book is almost worth the price just for the rare photographs of the Porsche Tiger tank destroyers, essentially unique to this unit.
The text is rather less impressive. Much of it has been lifted largely from contemporary diaries and while useful, are extremely dry and often repetitive. This isn't helped by the translation by an American whose German is less than perfect, and people reading this book who do not have both a sound knowledge of tanks in general and the Wehrmacht and its order of battle in particular may struggle to follow a lot of it.
The author (or the translator) insists on using long unit names throughout, which often takes away the reader's concentration. It would have been far easier to read if, having introduced a unit's long name, had thereafter used its short name.
Probably still well worth the money.