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German Tanks of WWII (Enthusiast Color) Paperback – 30 Mar 2000

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International (30 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760306710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760306710
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 713,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Green is a freelance writer, researcher, and photographer. He specializes in military subjects and has authored and coauthored over 90 books. In addition, Michael Green has written numerous articles for a variety of national and international military-related magazines. Mr. Green is a lifetime member of the Marine Corps Tanker's Association and a tour guide at the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation.

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German Tanks of WWII The story of German tank evolution, firsthand accounts of savage tank battles, and detailed armor and armament specifications combine with rare period color photography to reveal the stories behind Germany's light armored support vehicles, Panzer tanks, and the behemoth Tiger tanks. 80 color illustrations. Full description

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In the late 1920s, the German army decided that the optimal choice for their future armored force was a medium tank (15 to 20 tons) with a five-man crew. Read the first page
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct. 2000
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As the title suggests this book is packed with good quality colour photographs. The text describes the history of the tanks, their performance and features. Most of the popular tanks are covered and some support vehicles are illustrated as well. Almost all of the photographs are taken of specimens in museums and private collections in America and Europe. Although many vehicles are beautifully restored, some are crudely painted, so modellers and historians may be better to look elsewhere for accurate colour scheme refrences. Fortunately the author does comment if the vehicle in a photograph has an inaccurate colour scheme. Since I purchased the book, I cant resist browsing through it frequently.
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Fantastic colour photographs of all the main German tanks from WW2 (and some armoured vehicles). Most come from restorations, but where the repainted colour is disputed it is noted in the text (the worst offenders seem to be American museums). There are brief histories of each type, but don't expect an in-depth study of German armour - it's the pictures that make this book worth the money. Great for armour modellers and better than umpteen black and white photos of the same left rear mudguard.
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By Elgar on 26 Mar. 2013
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A very useful reference book for tank enthusists and modellers. Includes photographs of many types of tank and tank support vehicles, mostly restored museum or collctors' vehicles, together with decriptions of colour schemes, comouflage, etc.
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By Sinbad on 1 Jan. 2014
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For the scale modeller, a good buy with plenty of modern colour photos as painting guidelines. The contemporary postwar photos are very helpful as well.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Gem of a Book 2 Oct. 2001
By Nevin Ball - Published on
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German Tanks of World War II in Color is not an exhaustive study nor does it try to be. However, weighing in at only 96 pages, it contains a surprising amount of information. The book is organized into four chapters: light tanks, medium tanks, heavy tanks and support vehicles. All of the main panzers and armored fighting vehicles are discussed as well as their variants. The text is readable and informative. Text boxes add depth to the book by discussing tank anatomy, panzer division anatomy, weapon definitions, and color schemes. What truly makes this book unique are the color photographs of restored vehicles from museums and private collections around the world. The photo on the front cover is indicative of the eye-candy that awaits you inside. Recommended!
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
A great value. 29 Sept. 2001
By A. Hufnal - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book packs a lot of information into its 96 pages. It's possible to find books on German Armor that have more detail, but not at this price. Brief but useful development histories are complemented by scores of high quality color photographs. Each of the Panzer series (I through VI) is featured, including most of the important variants (Tank destroyers and self-propelled artillery pieces). There is even a chapter on amored cars, halftracks, and reconnaissance vehicles. The text is good, but it is the photographs that set this book apart. Vintage snaps are coupled with shots of restored vehicles from museums and private collections around the world. I would recommend this book to modelers and history buffs alike.
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By Mert Ergene - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've read many books about the panzers in WWII. They have many useful information inside them. But they all had old black&white photos and some of them were really bad. But this book is great. It doesn't have so many information,the written things are known by many WWII fans. But what makes this book a 5 star treasure is the pictures. Who doesn't want to see Tigers, Panthers, King Tigers, Jagdpanthers and many more in colorful high quality pictures. The photos are taken from museums and collectors all around the world. When you are looking at the pictures you'll feel the real power of the Panther's 75mm gun and smell its gasoline and hear the roaring engine.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A very good basic reference and plain fun book 18 Mar. 2006
By Bill Hensler - Published on
Format: Paperback
4 Stars

Yes, I like this book. I got it for less than $10 and love the modern pictures of the German Armor from WWII.

My first paragraph being said, I will say this book is an introduction to German Armor. It's a simple introduction.

There is an extensive series of pictures on a recovered and restored Panzer I. That is worth nearly two stars to see that. The museum had an old WWII vet sit in the commanders hatch and you will see him riding around on that vehicle. Boy, that must have brough back the memories of the glory days for that old Heer soldat.

The Germans had dozens of tank models in WWII. One of the reasons they lost the war was a lack of standardized models. The book really does not mention this fact in great detail. You will see the write up on a German Panzer Mark IV, perhaps the most effective model in pure numbers, but you will not know much about the various models from Ausf D (used in France and Poland) to the final models, with added bolted on armor and a long 75mm gun. The book really should have done a better break down on the Panzer III. The Panzer III was part of the great formations that invaded Poland in 1939 and the body of the Panzer III was the basis of the StuG III with the 75mm PAK 40 anti-tank cannon. The StuG knocked out over 30,000 allied tanks. The StuG with a good crew was equal of a T-34. If the Germans had more available in numbers they would have won the war. The book really does not communicate that too well.

There is just one page that devotes itself to explaining the weapons on a German tank. So, the typical reader will not know that the 88mm of the German Tiger I was not the same as the 88mm guns found on the Jagpanther or the King Tiger. The book does explain that the 75MM on the first Panzer IV tanks (actually, a close support howitzer) is not the same gun as on the later Mark IV, the 75mm PAK 40 model anti-gun.

However, this book has lots of nice photos. It's a fair picture book. I will say it's a fantastic introduction for somebody who is just learning about German tanks or somebody like myself who has a large amount of books dealing with tanks but just wants something general.

This book is better than your typical squadron-signal books on the subject. Conversely, for model makers there isn't many line drawing or really great pictures for the subject for a diorama. Model makers will still want to stick with Squadron-Signal books.

Still, I like this book. I got it for less than $10, that included shipping. You get a picture of all the main German tanks from WWII. You don't get a breakdown of all the models and sub models, that would take a book with four times as many pages and cost over $60.

I highly recommen this book. It's not perfect. But it's cheap. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

4 stars.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Content plus price = a good buy 26 Oct. 2009
By Michael P. Lefand - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to use as a reference for building 1 /35th scale models of World War German tanks and consider it a good buy ($13) for its contents.

The book follows an orderly progression of German tank development during WWII. The first three chapters cover Light, Medium, and Heavy Tanks with the fourth chapter devoted to Tank Support Vehicles.

The color photos include some rare photos of tanks that were shipped to the Aberdeen Proving Ground in the United States soon after the war with the vehicles original camouflage paint scheme. As I look for accuracy in my modeling I find these photos an excellent reference.

However there are some photos of tanks that were over time painted "vague" or inaccurate color schemes. These photos are clearly labeled as such and do not detract from the book, it is disappointing that they were not painted accurately by either the museum or individuals who own them, again no the authors fault.

All the photos are nicely printed and in focus. My only regret is that the book did not have different views of the same model from different angles. Unfortunately the authors could not go back and retake additional photos of the tanks because many were turned into scrap for the next conflict, the Korean War.

While not the best book for a modeler it does contain a lot of information about German tanks in its 96 pages. So for the combination of price and contents I consider it a good buy and recommend it.
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