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Tanks of Hitler's Eastern Allies 1941-45 (New Vanguard 199)

Tanks of Hitler's Eastern Allies 1941-45 (New Vanguard 199) [Kindle Edition]

Steven Zaloga , Henry Morshead
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As a modelling reference, this book is an armor modeler's dream. --Ipms/USA

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The great armor battles of the Eastern Front are widely known, but the role of Germany’s eastern allies is not as famous. Two countries, Romania and Hungary, manufactured their own tanks, while others acquired their armor from Germany. These imported vehicles ranged from older, obsolete types such as the PzKpfw 35(t) through to the brand new Tiger I and Hetzer. These tanks played a frequent role in the battles in southern Russia and Ukraine and were especially prominent at Stalingrad, where the Red Army identified the weaker Romanian and Hungarian salients as the target of their critical envelopment operation. In addition to these larger Axis tank forces, this title also looks at the many smaller and lesser-known forces that saw action, including the Italian contingent in Russia, the Finns, and the small but diverse armored forces of the Croatian, Bulgarian and Slovakian armies, and the various anti-Soviet Russian formations such as the ROA.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3304 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thin for the money 19 Aug 2013
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This is very much a fringe subject largely neglected by writers, so any book on the subject is welcome – especially by so esteemed an author as Steve Zagola.

That said; if you are looking for lots of new information this book is really not for you. It is literally thin on pages and thin on content. Given that the business of armoured vehicles centres on firepower and protection, I find data in this book on either aspect to be sadly lacking. We are after all discussing fighting vehicles; not racing cars. There is no real excuse for this lack of data, as the information is out there (as Steve’s bibliography makes plain). A more accurate title might have been ‘Armoured Forces of Hitler’s Eastern Allies’, as Steve dwells on the formations and their battles, rather than on the detailed technical aspects of the vehicles themselves. This is a great pity. Apart from a lack of technical data, nothing – for example – is said about the improvised HEAT projectile fired spigot-like from the gun of the Hungarian Nimrod AA tank, which required a crewman to climb out and place the thing on the end of the barrel! This would have been a good example of how inadequate the eastern allies were in fighting the Red Army.

There are additional criticisms worthy of note, which again illustrate the shoddy editing of Osprey’s publications (are there even any editors, and what do they do all day to earn their money?). Steve loves to use the word “Wehrmacht” without really knowing – it seems – what it means. Wehrmacht translates more or less as “armed forces”, comprising the army (das Heer), the air force (die Luftwaffe) and the navy (die Kriegsmarine) of the Third Reich, but not the Waffen SS.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The book contains a brief overview of the tanks operated by the Axis and their co-belligerents on Eastern Front. As it covers countries as diverse as Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Finland, Croatia, Bulgaria, Italy as well as the Russian volunteer armies, the 48 page format was never going to suffice for an in-depth study. Still, the basic information is interesting, if not comprehensive.

Countries get varying coverage, with Hungary and Romania getting most (natural given the larger armored forces and the local production), while some others such as Slovakia, Croatia, Italy or Bulgaria getting a handful of paragraphs each.

The reader will generally get an overview of the numbers of vehicles operated and the types in use, and potentially a mention of some significant battles where the tanks participated and their performance. For the countries with local production or upgrade efforts some further information on local types is also given.

The introduction does point towards Germany's reluctance in furnishing its Allies and Co-belligerents with proper armored forces, even from the stocks of captured vehicles, where little cost would have been incurred. Sadly the book does not have it in its scope to explore this facet of the conflict in the East further.

Where the book loses its fourth star for me is in the frequent errors, which are probably due to poor editing (maybe this only affects the Kindle version). The dates are occasionally confused (for Slovakia for instance), the numbers of vehicles in use or delivered do not add up to the stated totals, etc. Some errors in form, such as calling the Finns Germany's allies would hardly be forgiven by Finns, while Italians may also not see themselves as 'Eastern'.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good primer 24 April 2013
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I found this a good general guide to the subject but i thought some of the illustrations were wasted - those of the Hungaraian German armour would have been better replaced with view of Hungarian equipment. Nevertheless a good book and worth iti
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Primer 28 April 2013
This is not to belittle this work.
It covers all of the obvious german allies, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Finland, Italy and Bulgaria - and then adds in Croatia and Russia.
Given the Osprey Vanguard format the text is necessarily brief, but I still found myself noting detail that I was unaware of (I have been intrigued by this area of study since acquiring Mr Z's work, co-authored with James Grandsen, The Eastern Front, back in the 1980s). Once I did raise my eyebrows in mild disagreement, but with a few seconds reflection I realised that Mr Z, as usual, is perfectly correct, and I was being a rivet counter! What the volume does do is to draw the threads of the different nations together.
Many of the photographs are old hat, but then there is a distinctly limited source body, and there are a number previously unknown to me, notably a TACAM T60 apparently in field service - most photos I have seen are of empty vehicles, or parading through, presumably, Bucharest.
I certainly commend this book to any new student, and for any mature student, given the modest price I still say "if you ain't got it, you ain't serious".
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