Tank Craft #24: Panther Tanks - Panzer Brigades 1944-45

Author/Artists: Dennis Oliver


Pen & Sword


$28.95 from Casemate


Scott Van Aken

Notes: 64 pages, softcover, 200 illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-5267-7159-4

This book from Pen & Sword's series on military vehicles concentrates on the Panther tank as used by Panzer Brigades during 1944-45. The panzer brigade was an idea brought about by Hitler that included an armored infantry battalion, a tank battalion of 30-40 vehicles, a company of towed anti-tank guns and a number of anti-aircraft weapons. These smaller units were supposed to be more capable of fighting were they were immediately needed and to be not as cumbersome as other German army units.

The Panther or Panzer V was picked to fill most of these brigades as it was the newest and most capable of the medium tanks available. Eventually there were around a dozen of these units operating until the end of the war.

As is the case with other books in this series, we get a brief look at how these brigades were formed and the general organizational arrangement of them. Then it goes into a history of the individual brigades with photos of the vehicles that were attached. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of the photos are of knocked out tanks. However, the images chosen are generally good. There is then a fairly large section of large profiles, often accompanied by a photo of the vehicle in question. Each of these profiles offers a little bit of information on the vehicle that is featured.  Then we get to some feature model builds along with a rundown of kits and accessories that are available  for the Panther. These sections are by no means comprehensive but do cover most of what is currently available. This is followed by a brief section that helps one identify the major features of the tank as production proceeded.

These books where you have a mixture of history, camouflage and models are becoming more and more the norm. This one is well done, as are the other books in the series as they are by the same author. I've grown to look forward to each one as they come out. Pick one up. I know you will be pleased.

December 2020

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