MMP Books' Camera On #25: 15cm sIG 33
Author: Alan Ranger
Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Price $25.00 from 
Reviewer: Scott Van Aken
Notes: 80 pages, paperback
ISBN 978-83-65958-98-3

The next offering in MMP Books' Camera On series is this one on the sIG 33 15cm howitzer. Despite its weight, it was considered an infantry mobile gun. This was as much due to the need for a robust carriage as anything. There was a 'lightweight' carriage used for a few hundred guns, but the weight saving was only reduced from 4,000 lbs to 3,670 lbs. The reason the lighter carriage was discontinued was because of the need to preserve the alloys used for aircraft production..

The gun was designed to be horse drawn and the majority of the guns came with steel wheels. Though it could be pulled by a truck, the carriage had no suspension so it wasn't designed to be pulled any faster than 10mph. Even later guns that had solid rubber tires just for being towed by vehicles were limited to this speed. It meant that it was not at all uncommon for advancing troops to move faster than the sIG 33 could follow. Basically meant that it wasn't as suited for 'lighting warfare' as one could have hoped.

Still, it was almost ubiquitous, serving on every front in which the German Army fought, though most were operated in the war against the Soviet Union.

Typical of all of the other books in the series, this is a photo book pure and simple. The book starts with a brief history of the gun and goes into the few variants that were built. The majority of the photos are of the steel wheel version with the solid rubber tire variant getting a smaller section. Any information on the gun in the image is provided through the captions of the many photos in the book. This sort of thing is a boon to modelers and enthusiasts alike. It is a welcome addition to this series. Apparently readers like these books as the titles are continuing into the future. Well worth picking up.

May 2021

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