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Jagdpanther vs SU-100: Eastern Front 1945 (Duel) Paperback – 20 Apr 2014

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782002952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782002956
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.6 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Chock full of excellent period photos, diagrams and art work ... makes for a great read. I learned quite a bit from this volume..." - Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com
"I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in these vehicles and Eastern Front operations." --Jim Mesko, Armor Modeling and Preservation Society

"A focused look at one minor detail of a big war." --"Strategy & Tactics" magazine

I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in these vehicles and Eastern Front operations. "Jim Mesko, Armor Modeling and Preservation Society"

Chock full of excellent period photos, diagrams and art work ... makes for a great read. I learned quite a bit from this volume... "Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com"

A focused look at one minor detail of a big war. "Strategy & Tactics magazine""

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The German Jagdpanther and Soviet SU-100, two turretless tank destroyers that represented very different design and tactical philosophies, clashed as the two sides contested Hungary's vital oil resources in March 1945. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork, this engaging study casts new light on the background and details of this duel in the closing weeks of World War II in Europe.

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This book is very good, and marred only by a few errors. David Higgins provides a very good technical survey, a very readable account of these vehicles’ use in combat, organisational details, and gun performance data – so often overlooked by writers yet the ‘business end’ of any AFV. The artwork is excellent, and the comments about camouflage while concise are accurate and helpful to modellers. I particularly like the author’s depth of knowledge the problems of armour plate manufacture that bedevilled German industry in the later war years, his correct understanding of German terminology and – for a change in an Osprey publication – correct German spelling. Similarly, although David is an American citizen, the book is written with British spelling which I think is only right for a book published here. My only gripe is the unfortunate use by many authors, not just David, of the imprecise term ‘HVAP’ (High Velocity Armour Piercing) instead of the equally concise but more descriptive APCR (armour piercing composite rigid) or – for British wartime guns – APDS (armour piercing discarding sabot).
The errors are as follows. Page 29 states that the German Pzgr 40 APCR round “had a smaller explosive charge” than Pzgr 39 APCBC/HE round. In point of fact, APCR and APDS shot had no explosive fillings; they were inert as “shot” as opposed to “shell” implies, and fitted only with a tracer to aid gunnery. A cavity filled with explosive would have been self-defeating, as it would have weakened the structure which already had enough impact stresses to overcome, and a fuse would be similarly challenged.
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I agree with comments made by previous reviewers, particularly the positive points about some technical issues (e.g. armour composition) and the negative ones about inaccurate photo captions. My main feeling about the book, however, is that there is way too much general description of the German armoured offensives in Hungary in early 1945. This contains very little specific to either the Jagdpanther or Su100. In contrast, the recent book in the same series, M10 Tank Destroyer vs Stug III Assault Gun is much better at using detailed combat reports to highlight how the 2 vehicles were used in combat. The end result is that you really don't feel you have a much better idea of the relative effectiveness of these tank destroyers, which is - for me - the 'bottom line' for a publication in this series. This is why I have only given it 3 stars.
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The Duel series is a firm favourite of mine and I have bought most of the tank related books. Based on the titles of the books, the buyer can hope to expect that the focus will firmly be on the two vehicles named and hopefully be able to read of detailed incidents of their performance in the same battle and if not, then at least how they compared in similar actions. I have noticed that some of the Duel titles can wander away from the core subject at times and in such slim volumes, this can be quite a distraction.

Unfortunately, this is very much the case here as the narrative starts to give way (substantially) to the campaign in Hungary and the subsequent westwards advance of the Soviet armies, with much of this general history being centred at the corps and divisional level and it feels that when the Jagdpanther or SU-100 are mentioned, it is almost incidental. It actually feels like two different books rolled into one, a mix of general history and one of technical specification.

I really feel disappointed that I am highlighting the negative aspect of the book, as I really like the writing style of David Higgins. His work is informative and enjoyable to read, it is just that it wanders away from the subject that I thought I was buying into. I don't particularly feel this is the fault of the author, but I would have hoped that Osprey could have kept this on track and I think that Osprey need to decide what exactly they want this series to do as I recently experience a similar issue with the panther Vs sherman book that wandered off into the Bulge campaign. To date Panzerjager Vs KV-1 seems to have been the best of the tank based books that I have read.
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This is one of the poorest of the 'Duel' series. The parts of the book that actually deal with the Jagdpather and the SU-100 are very good indeed but it's almost as if the author had run out of things to say about these vehicles, because the narrative repeatedly shifts to the combat between the Wehrmacht and Red Army in Hungary in early 1945. Whilst there is some mention of both these types of AFV in these chapters these are incidental rather than core components of the text. The comparisons between these vehicles and what it was like to fight in them respectively could have been described in much greater detail than this.
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I was very disappointed in this book. The author seems to have lost track on the subject and instead written a brief history of the German offensives in Hungary in Mar 1945.
I struggled to find any description of the duel mentioned in the title, apart from a few brief lines towards the end of the book.
I was also puzzled to see so many pictures of other vehicles with no relation to the subject matter (17 if I counted correctly). A harsh review possibly, but this is not the book I expected it to be.
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