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Tigers in Combat: v. 2 Hardcover – Jun 1998


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  • Hardcover: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd (Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0921991398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0921991397
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 23.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,130,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. McTaggart on 12 Mar 2007
Format: Paperback
The companion to Tigers in Combat I, volume II is the completion of Schneider's history of the units and formations equipped with the Tiger tank. The approach is the same as volume I, with the chronology of each regiment presented, supported by some superb photographs. The book is completed by details of regiment equipment, organisation, camouflage and markings. A section of excellent colour illustrations by Jean Restayn provides those interested in armour modelling with ideas aplenty. Overall, a superb book, which I highly recommend.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard Treadway on 3 July 2009
Format: Paperback
I read the first book "Tigers in Combat I" with much interest as the information it provided to the modeller was very much needed in order to give models a very real air of accuracy.

Tigers in Combat II follows the same format of the earlier book and is just as invaluable. It deals with the Major Tiger Battalions outside of the Army Tiger Units and provides much intersting reading and historical data right upto the end of the war with many fascinating phots, for example one photo shows a burnt out Tiger I in front of the Brandenburg Gates, taken in the last days of the siege of Berlin. I would highly recomend this book to modellers and military enthusiasts alike.
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By Paul G on 29 Sep 2014
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Excellent reference book and many interesting and rare photos, a invaluable addition to any library.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Must Include Every Photograph Ever Made 27 Mar 2005
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When the Allies invaded France in 1944, virtually every tank sighted and reported by the front line infantry was called a Tiger. In reality, there weren't that many Tigers produced (most of the German tanks in Normandy were Mark IV's). But the size, strength, and overall awesomeness of the Tiger transcended the actuality.

In this book the second on Tigers, Colonel Schneider must have found every photograph remaining of the Tigers. Both the regular Tiger I, and the King Tiger (which the Germans called Tiger II) are covered. I don't know just how many pictures are included in the book. Some pages, of course, don't have any, but most have two or three. These are not the pretty professionally made pictures, these are pictures taken in the field, probably by crewmen.

The book is broken down by the units that used the Tigers. In general the history of the unit, in so far of their Tigers, is given. For instance on 5 March 1943 the SS Panzer Regiment 1 lost a Tiger, leaving them with 9 on hand. They reached their maximum number of 25 Tigers on hand on the 15th of November. By April 1944 they had received 42 Tigers and lost 42 Tigers and had zero on hand. Regiment 2 received 31, lost 31.

You can't imagine the details that is given here. Note that this is not technical detail, this is the story of these tanks in action.

Colonel Schneider is currently the chief development officer for the next generation of German main battle tanks.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Second Half of a Superb Photo History 6 Jan 2002
By Gerald P. Owens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The second volume of "Tigers in Combat" covers the named units of the German Army (Grossduetschland Division, and the various independent Tiger companies), as well as the Tigers assigned to the Waffen SS. Author Wolfgang Schneider has solicited help from veterans and their families to produce an unparalleled work which combines information from wartime unit diaries, delivery records, and strength reports as well as the veterans' personal journals to create a day to day history of every Tiger unit. But the real treat of this book is the illustrations. He uses very few of the official photos which have been published to death over the last six decades. As it happens, German troops were avid shutterbugs despite wartime regulations, and the veterans and their families have shared thousands of personal snapshots which have never been published before. The photos are well-reproduced in large format on glossy paper, and the captions give specific details as to the location, unit and date of every picture. There are also numerous color drawings by famed military artist Jean Restayn. Combine this with Thomas Jentz's excellent technical history of the Tiger and you have an ideal library on the beast.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Tiger Angriff! 31 Oct 2004
By Joseph Burgard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
First and foremost, this is a great book. Large 9"x12" format and printed on 70lb. high gloss acid-free paper. Like all other J.J. Fedorowicz published books, very high quality in the printing and binding. This book is not one about the technical aspects of the Tiger tanks, but rather a photo collection/unit diary of the named Heer units and Waffen-SS units that had Tiger tanks.

The strength of the photo collection is that it mainly originates from German soldiers' private collections and means that most of the photos are previously unpublished. Each chapter is devoted to one unit with a wide array of photograph situations, like combat, repair, transportation, behind the lines, etc. The author gives us an almost day-by-day account or unit diary of the units from when they were activated to when they were either disbanded, changed designations, or the war ended. The unit diaries contain the information of where the units were involved, number of Tiger tanks lost or gained, battle results, or some nice other tid bits of information. In addition each unit has organizational chart(s) showing not only the number of tanks in each platoon, but how the tanks were designated with numbers.

There are 30 pages of artwork done by Jean Restayn which is excellent and depicts the various camouflage schemes used by the units covered in the book. The artwork also highlights some of the special unit ingsignias. On the inside covers there are two maps, one the Western and Eastern Front, that show where the Tiger units were deployed over their operational lifetime. The maps were a nice addition.

Overall this book is a must for Tiger tank enthusiasts. It also provides a wealth of information within the photographs for modelers, reenacters, and the like.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Exceptional value. 29 May 2006
By Spinner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This edition makes the english translation available to all those unable to bear the far higher cost of the limited edition. Stackpole continue making these seminal works on German armor available to all. I recomend this title and the series to the amateur WW2 historian.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Authentic Pictures 11 May 2007
By AR Duggan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Great book. Large amount of detail on each unit includes camouflage, markings, history etc. Pictures are the real deal, taken by the crews of the tanks. Really good. The colour illustrations are very good reference material as well. Huge irritation though is the continual focus on turret numbering. Picture captions at least should have rather had more information on the happenings of the crew, tank, location or war in general. Instead the captions focus on how big, red/black, unique or whatever the particular numbering is.
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