MMP Books' Camera On #2 SdKfz7
Author: Alan Ranger
Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Price $25.00 from  
Reviewer: Scott Van Aken
Notes: 88 pages, paperback
ISBN 978-8-36-5281-71-5

MMP Books has done a series of photo essays in the 'Camera On' series. These are basically photo books, though they do provide a few pages of historical background and information on how to tell the differences in the different variants.

These photos have all come from either German archives or personal German collections and for me, they were all images I have not seen before. Perhaps that is not unusual as I am not as well steeped in things with tracks as I am with things with wings. One thing I can say is that the several hundred images in this book are superbly chosen to be either the most crisply done or the most interesting that the author could find.

The SdKfz7 is an 8 ton half-track which means it could drag 8 tons of weight. Put wheels under that weight and the amount increases significantly. These were mostly used to haul big field guns. There was plenty of towing capacity and there was room for the crew and equipment as well. These were particularly useful in Russia where the roads could turn into a quagmire. In these cases, it was somewhat common to see these vehicles towing several standard trucks which would otherwise become hopelessly bogged down. Indeed, there are quite a few photographs of these half-tracks being used to rescue stuck vehicles.

So who would find a book like this useful? Well, from my point of view it would be fans of the subject, those who are generally interested in the German army and modelers. The photos cover all the different fronts on which these vehicles served so there are a wide variety of conditions portrayed, including the usual 'here is me and my buddies' images! As with other books in this series, I most highly recommend this one.

March 2018


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