Pen & Sword's The Armour of Hitler's Allies in Action 1943-45
|Pen & Sword|
|$26.95 from Casemate|
128 pages, softcover, 7.5 x 9.5 inches
This addition to the Images of War series highlights an area that is often overlooked and that is the armies of allied nations. In this case, it deals with Germany's allies of Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania. These nations had their own armor equipment manufacturers, however, what they produced was semi-obsolete compared to what was made in Germany.
All of these allies were pitted against the Soviets with the time being covered one where the Axis was on the defensive. With what was basically a second rate armor force, it was important for the Germans to provide something more potent. Despite doing so, it was a losing proposition and eventually Bulgaria and Romania capitulated to the Soviets before the war was over.
The book provides a short historical section prior to each batch of photos. The photos are the main draw of this series and there are a lot of them. They are divided by nation for the most part with the Hungarians getting two sections. I did notice that the author misidentified the Hungarian insignia in some earlier images as a German one, but it isn't. As with the other editions it is a well done book and will be one that both enthusiasts and modelers alike will enjoy. Worth picking up.
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