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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good buy
As has been said elsewhere, the quality of this series is a little variable, but this is definitely one of the better titles. In my opinion Hilary Doyle is one of the top authors in this field, and the information he presents here is not only well written, but informative in terms of the design, manufacture, use, and technical detail. Particularly fascinating is the...
Published on 8 Nov. 2008 by Vanessa

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rather Disappointing
I was expecting more from this book. Its biggest weakness for me is the quality of the photo reproductions. These are muddy and dark in many instances and therefore make it difficult or impossible to identify some of the modifications being referred to. This includes present day shots of extant models. Also several of them are frequently used illustrations.There are a few...
Published on 29 Feb. 2012 by ephgrave7


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good buy, 8 Nov. 2008
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As has been said elsewhere, the quality of this series is a little variable, but this is definitely one of the better titles. In my opinion Hilary Doyle is one of the top authors in this field, and the information he presents here is not only well written, but informative in terms of the design, manufacture, use, and technical detail. Particularly fascinating is the section on suggestions and requests made by troops in the front line which resulted in modifications. As usual, the book is fairly brief but since it focusses on relatively few marks it is still good on detail. If you buy this and the excellent Squadron Signal book on the Panzer IV, you won't need much else.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rather Disappointing, 29 Feb. 2012
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I was expecting more from this book. Its biggest weakness for me is the quality of the photo reproductions. These are muddy and dark in many instances and therefore make it difficult or impossible to identify some of the modifications being referred to. This includes present day shots of extant models. Also several of them are frequently used illustrations.There are a few v interesting first hand reports of combat experience. Although details of date changes of many modifications are provided, I couldn't find reference to the date of the significant change in Schurzen shape on Ausf H.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better, 3 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf G, H and J 1942-1945 (Osprey New Vanguard) (Paperback)
A few errors spoil a good book

P. 6, it might have been worth mentioning that attempts to put APDS ammunition into production were abandoned by Germany in favour of the less troublesome PzGr 40 APCR types.

P. 13, many armour plates of nominally 80mm thickness used on the PzKfw IV ranged from between 82mm and 85mm.

P. 15, "Flammentöter" [sic] should be "Flammentöter", which translates literally as "flame killers". The singular for `flame' is "Flamme", not "Flamm [sic]",

P. 16, Not mentioned is the penetration hole below the gunner's visor; probably a 57mm round.

P. 18, table, the penetration figures represent hits at 60° impact to the vertical. PzGr 40 was APCR ammunition; the term "sub-calibre" is ambiguous as it could relate to APCNR, APCR or APDS projectiles, which are not one and the same.

P. 20, upper table, the data for the British Churchill tank refers to the earlier versions up to and including Mk VI with 88-102mm frontal armour; the Mk VII had thicker frontal armour of 152mm, which was altogether a more difficult prospect for any projectile to pierce.

P. 20, lower table, the authors ought really to state that the different classifications of the US Sherman tank reveal poor German intelligence. I think the authors should bring this to their readers' attention - what was acceptable during the war, should now be put right. Sherman sub-types were distinguished by the type of engine and whether cast or rolled armour plate was used and this classification had nothing to do with the armament fitted. An M4A2 had a diesel engine, and was supplied mostly to the US Marine Corps and the USSR, whereas the M4A4 used five gasoline engines welded together and was used mainly by the UK, the Commonwealth and by China. The data for the Sherman tanks' protection should be identical, unless the "M4A4" is meant to represent later Sherman tanks with welded hull fronts and/or 47° glacis plates (which in reality it never received). The gun data for the "M4A4" presumably relates to the US 76mm gun - which in fact was never mounted on the real M4A4!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 6 Sept. 2014
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very informative book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Dec. 2014
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