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Combat History of German Heavy Anti-Tank Unit 653: In World War II Paperback – 1 Dec 2005
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This work includes hundreds of photos, many never published before, of Germany's rarely seen tank destroyers, including the Ferdinand, Elephant, and Jagdtiger; colour illustrations focus on unit markings, numbering, and camouflage. Accompanying text chronicles the unit's combat operations; Personal accounts from the men who rode in these mechanical monsters. The German Heavy Anti-Tank Unit 653 was equipped with the heaviest tank destroying vehicles of the German armed forces. Initially activated as an assault gun battalion and re-designated in April 1943, the 653 received its first Ferdinand tank destroyers (later modified and renamed Elephants) in May 1943 and went into action on the Eastern Front a month later. In 1944, the unit converted to the even more massive Jagdtiger. The seventy-five-ton, heavily armoured Jagdtiger was the behemoth of the battlefield and boasted a 128mm gun - as opposed to the Ferdinand's 88 - with a range of more than thirteen miles, making it deadly despite its limited mobility. Outfitted with these lethal giants, the 653 saw service in Russia, Italy, Austria, and Germany.
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Karlheinz Munch, a veteran of the modern German Army, has also written a history of German Heavy Anti-Tank Unit 654.
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Price - fantastic
Photos - many many unique ones, often provided by men who served in the unit
Copies of numerous memos
Plans of all armoured vehicles used
Colour illustrations ditto
Combat History - as promised!
Movement and campaign info
Personal and medal info
At EVERY level this book is fantastically good. It is well thought out, pulls disparate material together intelligently; - useful for reference, useful for historians, useful for modellers and wargamers, just VERY VERY useful; the best spend at the price point I have ever made on a military books - and I have hundreds.
The author has clearly done his homework and you learn the full story and the real truth behind
the legend of the German Tank destroyers FERDINAND ( ELEFANT ) & JAGDTIGER
You also get to find out about the reliability problems and hear about genuine battle stories .
I really recommend this to any buyer