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VINE VOICEon 30 April 2013
I cannot understand why such a great item deserves any less than full marks:
Price - fantastic
Photos - many many unique ones, often provided by men who served in the unit
OOBs
Copies of numerous memos
Plans of all armoured vehicles used
Colour illustrations ditto
Combat History - as promised!
Diaries
Movement and campaign info
Personal and medal info

At EVERY level this book is fantastically good. It is well thought out, pulls disparate material together intelligently; - useful for reference, useful for historians, useful for modellers and wargamers, just VERY VERY useful; the best spend at the price point I have ever made on a military books - and I have hundreds.
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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.
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on 16 June 2013
This is very much worth the money , with original source material research .
The author has clearly done his homework and you learn the full story and the real truth behind
the legend of the German Tank destroyers FERDINAND ( ELEFANT ) & JAGDTIGER
You also get to find out about the reliability problems and hear about genuine battle stories .
I really recommend this to any buyer
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on 23 September 2014
This book is excellent, with a lot of good info, like a date list of where, and what every single units did at what date, how much fuel they used per day and so on. Whery god info, if you what to create WW2 battles, or what to see the pictures from the 653, there are a lot more picture in the book then you will find at the World wide web. You will find paint scheme in the end of the book that will give you a Idea on how the different colours where used to make camo on the Ferdinan and Elefant Tank, and the Stug`s at the start of the war, from 1941-1945. Just a good book, also if you play military games like Flames of War or other miniature games from WW2, this book give you a lot of good info.
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on 16 January 2015
A very well written book on the history of this unit. The book is full of photos that are a must for all those interested in German armour during WW2
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on 16 April 2014
very interesting and informative book could not put it down once started enjoyed from start to finish my thing entirely.
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on 29 March 2015
Great read if your into your WW2 history lots of detail .
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