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Jagdtiger: Design, Production, Operation [Hardcover]

Christopher Meadows , Andreas Leandoer
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2 May 2008
The Jagdtiger was the next logical extension of the creation of Jagdpanzer designs after the success of the Jagdpanther from the Panther tank. The Jagdtiger used a boxy superstructure on top of a lengthened Tiger II chassis. The resulting vehicle featured very heavy armour and the powerful 128 mm PaK 44 L/55 gun capable of defeating any tank fielded in World War II, even at long ranges (+3,500 m). It had 250 mm armour on the turret front and 150 mm on the glacis plate, which made it invulnerable to any frontal fire. However it lacked a traversable turret and the main gun mount had a limited traverse of only 10 degrees; the entire vehicle had to be turned to aim outside that narrow field of fire. During its service, the Jagdtiger suffered from a variety of mechanical and technical problems due to its immense weight and under-powered engine. The vehicle had frequent breakdowns; ultimately more Jagdtigers were lost to mechanical problems or lack of fuel than to enemy action. Despite these shortcomings it was still very effective in defensive roles. Though it may not have been the best, it was definitely the biggest and heaviest of the Tank destroyers built during WWII. This mammoth was so big and heavy that it was problematic even to transport it by railway. It wasn´t just the biggest vehicle of the war, it also had the biggest gun with the greatest calibre. So why wasn´t it more successful? Why did the German army not develop it further? These questions and many more are answered in this second release of the new Tech series.

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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Leandoer & Ekholm (2 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9185657018
  • ISBN-13: 978-9185657018
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 683,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andreas Leandoer is one half of Leandoer & Ekholm Forlag military history publishers, his other publications include Konigsberg: The Battle for East Prussia January - April 1945. He lives in Sweden

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This is a great book , over 300 pages , well written and researched
it is the ONLY 1 volume book available on the Jadgtiger that I know of , and has great
photos and line drawings

One reviewer stated that the photos were poor , most are terrific and a few are just okay
This was a budget printing , for a niche market , so its to be expected .
I am very happy I made this purchase - as the JagdTiger has always fascinated me after
reading about it in a story from ACTION about Hellmann of Hammer Force /
there are very , very few detailed books about this Tank Destroyer ,
apart from Devey's 2 volume book which is also highly recommended - but much more expensive
The quality and mass of the material is superior to virtually all the other books on the Jadgtiger
so it is 5 stars for me ......................
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jagdtiger 11 Sep 2013
First impressions,they say are important and my first impressions of this book were not great. The paper quality is very very poor and the majority of the photographs are blurred/out of focus,no doubt due partly to the poor paper quality. The best photograph in the book is on the front cover. The colour profiles are darker than they should be and some are almost black. Compared to the Ryton publications of Uwe Feist this is very poor fare indeed. I'm sorry I bought it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of information and a good effort 27 Sep 2013
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The author has put a lot of effort into this book. It is not an exhuastive study, but does have a wealth of technical, design, production and operational information. It is profusely illustrated with black and white photographs, some of which are two or more generations removed from the originals, which is understandable for a weapon with a production run of less than 100 vehicles. Color artwork (cutaways and many camouflage schemes) and maps are at the end of the book and of high quality. The black and white pages are lightweight and not glossy. This book is a compromise but a fair one to stay affordable to what must be a limited audience.
4.0 out of 5 stars German heaviest tank-killer in one book 11 Nov 2012
By Fede - Published on Amazon.com
Even if I alredy own both "Tiger I & II and their variants" and "Heavy Jagdpanzer - Development, Production,Operations", both by W.J. Spielberger, I was searching for a more comprehensive look at the last, heaviest and arguably less succesful German big "cat".

As I did not want to buy the 2-volumes work by Andrew Devey, I decided to try this book, even if there were no reviews; I have to say I am quite happy I did.

As The title implies, Design, production and operations are all covered; these are the contents:

- Part 1: Design and Development
- Part 2: S.Pz.Jg. Abt 653
- Part 3: S.Pz.Jg. Abt 512
- Part 4: Conclusions
- Part 5: Appendix (notewhorty the two chapters dedicated to Otto Carius (2/S.Pz.Jg.Abt 512) and Albert Ernst
(1/S.Pz.Jg.Abt 512)aka as "The Tiger of Vitebesk" because of his succesful action on the Eastern Front with the Nashorn Panzerjager.
- Graphic Appendix:
Maps and vehicles color profiles.

Design, development and production are extensivily covered: this part is quite clearly inspired to Spielberger's books, but the text is somewhat less dry and easier to follow; furthermore there is a more detailed description of automotive parts (engine, gearbox, lubrication and electrical systems.
On the downside line drawings, tough good are not as good as in Spielberger's books and some pictures appear a bit dark and badly reproduced, again compared to the same pictures in the already mentioned Spielberger's work (Schiffer Edition).

Operations by both S.Pz.Jg. Abt 512 and 653 are throughly covered, almost day by day, with various maps and many pictures, many quite good and large, some less so, also due to probably a very thin, NON glossy paper.
I found very interesting, even riveting the story of the 1st Company of S.Pz.Jg.Abt 512 and the final Surrender of Iselhorn by Hauptman Ernst (there is also a video of the three Jagdtigers and their crews surrendering in Iselhorn on youtube), while I already knew the experience of Lt. Otto Carius, owning "Tigers in the Mud" which is extensivily cited in the chronicle of 2/512.

The graphic appendix is also quite good with many nice color profiles/front/rear views and maps showing where and when single vehicles were destroyed or abandoned.

In conclusion I would wholeheartedly reccomend this book to anyone interested in the Jagdtiger, modellers, history buffs and those interested in the technical details; it is only a shame that the paper quality is not up to the standard of the best Schiffer books (such as T. Jentz Panther or Tiger books), otherwise it would be a 5 stars.
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