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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great book, 28 Mar 2002
This review is from: Encyclopaedia Of German Tanks Of World War Two: The Complete Illustrated Directory of German Battle Tanks, Armoured Cars, Self-propelled Guns and Semi-tracked Vehicles, 1933-45 (Paperback)
I recently bought this book, and it has to be said never have I encountered such detail. Firstly, it covers all german tanks and their variants developed and bulit fromm 1933-45. Secondly, it also covers any conceivable detail you cuold imagine. It tells you the manufacturer, radio set, angle and thickness of armour, even wether or not the turret was hand turned or not! Then it tells you about changes made to captured allied tanks, covers (in great detail) the radios, weapons, supplementary armour and total building amount of every german tank of world war two. Well worth buying.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book!, 25 Mar 2003
This review is from: Encyclopaedia Of German Tanks Of World War Two: The Complete Illustrated Directory of German Battle Tanks, Armoured Cars, Self-propelled Guns and Semi-tracked Vehicles, 1933-45 (Paperback)
One of the first books I ever bought when I became interested in military modelling was the hard back version of this book.
Mine is now a loose leaf edition and so I decided to buy this paperback version.
It is without doubt THE best reference you can get on WW2 German AFVs, covering all you need to know about tanks, armored cars and hal-tracks used by the Third Reich with all the photos you could ever need.
You will refer to it time and time again as it covers everything from PzKfw 1 to King Tiger and beyond. Giving such things as dates of production, details of variants etc and for the real anoraks amongst us, even chassis numbers!
If you need to tell the difference between a PzKw Mk IV Ausf J and Ausf K this is the book for you!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As fine a pure reference work as you'll find, 20 Oct 2001
This review is from: Encyclopaedia Of German Tanks Of World War Two: The Complete Illustrated Directory of German Battle Tanks, Armoured Cars, Self-propelled Guns and Semi-tracked Vehicles, 1933-45 (Paperback)
This book certainly achieves its goal of providing a definitive source for information of German AFV's in WW2 with a massive amount of well presented information. The book details the armoured vehicles used by Germany during WW2 as well as providing information of prototypes and well presented statistics on the vehicles performance. The glossary explains all the terms used well and Chamberlain, Doyle and Jentz can be very proud of this work. This is a useful and well-presented book with wealth of photographic material rarely seen elsewhere. A little dry for the casual browser perhaps but for the enthusiast a must-have book that will enrich any library it joins.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best one volume book that money can buy( no joking!), 13 Feb 2001
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This review is from: Encyclopaedia Of German Tanks Of World War Two: The Complete Illustrated Directory of German Battle Tanks, Armoured Cars, Self-propelled Guns and Semi-tracked Vehicles, 1933-45 (Paperback)
If your only going to own one book about German armour buy this. And even if you've got your own library buy it anyway.
The book consists of the following: oh yeah, Pz = Panzer + v = plus variants
Introduction, Explanatory notes, Glossary of technical terms, Pz1 + v, Pz2 + v, Pz35t and 38t + v, Pz3 + v, Pz4 + v, Pz5(panther)+ v, Pz6(tiger) + v, Miscellaneous fully tracked vehicles, Semi-tracked vehicles, Armoured cars and wheeled armoured vehicles, French AFV's in German service, Italian AFV's in German service, Captured enemy vehicles in German service,
You also get appendices on Tank armament, Ammunition, Radio equipment, Optical equipment, Engines, Supplementary armour, German AFV production, Tank and unit designations
Each chapter follows the vehicle through prototypes, production models and variants, with each Ausf or model having a individual section. Each of THESE section is further divided into : Technical data,history,specific features and combat history.
Well illustrated throughout with black and white photo's including most of which I had never seen before , the authors try to show as many variants and models as possible. There are some truly odd things here, how about french halftracks with a 24 rail 80cm rocket launcher on the the back? or ( my favourite ) the Panzerjager Bren, thats right captured Bren gun carriers with 3 forward firing Panzerschrecks(bazookas) mounted over the body:-)
What more can I say, incredibly comprehensive, well illustrated. the first thing I bought from Amazon. A great book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have an extensive library on this subject and this is the best, 10 Nov 2007
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This review is from: Encyclopaedia Of German Tanks Of World War Two: The Complete Illustrated Directory of German Battle Tanks, Armoured Cars, Self-propelled Guns and Semi-tracked Vehicles, 1933-45 (Paperback)
Every model and variant along with every modification are covered with a thorough (and accurate) description including deployment details and full protective scheme, weapon characteristics, the lot. Virtually deviod of errors and packed with interesting information. The title is exactly what you get inside.

If you only ever buy one work on German armour but this one, if you buy two get another one of these in case you lose the first one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one book you need., 20 Jan 2000
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This review is from: Encyclopaedia Of German Tanks Of World War Two: The Complete Illustrated Directory of German Battle Tanks, Armoured Cars, Self-propelled Guns and Semi-tracked Vehicles, 1933-45 (Paperback)
Over the years I have picked up a small library of books on this subject. While I could most assuredly compile more information on each individual vehicle from my other books, there is none that presents such a complete and comprehensive coverage in one volume.
Superbly concentrated and offering one or two gold nuggets even for the veterans on the subject, it is undoubtedly the best buy available.
It is the book I would have wanted from the beginning and it is the last book Ill leave behind as far as this subject goes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars encylopaedia, 6 April 2011
This review is from: Encyclopaedia Of German Tanks Of World War Two: The Complete Illustrated Directory of German Battle Tanks, Armoured Cars, Self-propelled Guns and Semi-tracked Vehicles, 1933-45 (Paperback)
I've been into German WW2 tanks for about 37 years and I find that this book is the best that I have come across, This is the referance book to have if this is your interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine detail!, 20 May 2010
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This review is from: Encyclopaedia Of German Tanks Of World War Two: The Complete Illustrated Directory of German Battle Tanks, Armoured Cars, Self-propelled Guns and Semi-tracked Vehicles, 1933-45 (Paperback)
The information that one can glean from this book is astounding and is a credit to the authors and researchers. It can be a bit dry to read even the small amount of background information (hence the four stars) but as a referance book it is exceptional. The best part of this book, to me, is the section on captured AFVs pressed into service by the Germans. It takes a certain type of bravery to use the opposing side's armour in the confusion of battle!

It is what it says it is - an Encylopaedia, nothing more. Not very readable but there are other books for that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Reference, 2 Jun 2008
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This review is from: Encyclopaedia Of German Tanks Of World War Two: The Complete Illustrated Directory of German Battle Tanks, Armoured Cars, Self-propelled Guns and Semi-tracked Vehicles, 1933-45 (Paperback)
Agree with all the previous reviews but previously only gave it three stars due to the cost of copies available, and therefore cheaper to buy several books to get the same information. However copies are now available at under 20.00 inc p&p from reputable sites so I have picked myself up a spare copy - yes the book is that good!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the "train spotting book" for German tanks, 12 Sep 2002
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This review is from: Encyclopaedia Of German Tanks Of World War Two: The Complete Illustrated Directory of German Battle Tanks, Armoured Cars, Self-propelled Guns and Semi-tracked Vehicles, 1933-45 (Paperback)
This is just an outstandingly detailed collection of the vast amounts of tanks and armoured vehicles in the Wehrmacht. Not only does it give detailed information on each model and variant but also the production numbers which indeed resulted in my absolutely amazing of how the German army did so well in the early ears of the war. Anyone who is interested in the history in those years should get this as it gives a good understanding of the unbelievable technical and operational achievements during the later years of the war.
To augment my comment, one cannot stress enough that although this is a very impressive piece of work as an Encyclopaedia it subsequently does not touch on the horrors these tools of death where used for (that is not a complaint, just a comment).
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