Sturmgeschutz III on the Battlefield (5)

Author/Artists: Matyas Panczel


PeKo Publishing


$41.95 MSRP from Casemate


Scott Van Aken

Notes: 112 pages,  Hardback, 8.5 x 12 inches
ISBN: 978-615-5583-17-9

Peko's WW2 Photobook series has become very popular amongst armor enthusiasts over the years. This is the 20th edition and the fifth on the StuG III, a rather popular series. It is somewhat surprising to me that this type of vehicle did not see much in terms of post war development as the Germans used them with very good results. One can surmise that the use of the TOW missile precluded any future development, but whatever the case, the various StuG models will remain the most effective of the type.

Many of the past books in this series have shown a lot of photos of destroyed vehicles and while those are useful, most of us would like to see complete examples. We have that situation in this book which is a nice break. The photos have been carefully chosen not only for image quality, but for interest as well. The full range of StuG III are covered from early war to those used at the end of the war. What probably makes these books such a treasure is that often private collections are used to illustrate them. Such is the case with this one with few coming directly from the Bundesarchives.

The book starts with a brief history of the type with the majority of information provided in the image captions. This is a dual language book with everything in both Hungarian and in English. It is highly readable and informative. In all it makes for an excellent choice for those who like to model the vehicle as well as those who are simply interested in the type. Most highly recommended.

January 2020

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