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Panther Medium Tank 1942-45 (New Vanguard)

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    Stephen Hart(Author) Jim Laurier(Illustrator)

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The Panzerkampfwagen V Panther is one of the best-known German tanks in existence and is considered one of the greatest tanks of World War II. When in June of 1941, Germany invaded Russia, Panzertruppe encountered KV series and T-34/76 tanks, far superior in firepower and armour protection to any Panzer in service at the time. It was therefore decided to design a new more powerful medium tank, which could be quickly put into production. This book details the result, the Medium Battle Tank, available for service in January 1943. Later models ensured that it became one of the most feared tanks of WWII.

Dr Stephen A Hart is senior lecturer in the War Studies department, at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Prior to this he lectured in the International Studies Department at the University of Surrey, and in the War Studies Department, King's College London. He is the author of several popular histories of aspects of the German Army in World War II. Jim Laurier attended Paier School of Art in Hamden and has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration ever since. As a pilot he combines his love of history with his flying experiences to create some of the most realistic and historically accurate aviation paintings seen today. Jim has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon and has been published in many books, magazines, and calendars.

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  • By Kindle Customer on 19 August 2008

    I don't like writing really bad reviews but I've got a public duty to warn anyone tempted to buy this book to take their money elsewhere. This book is a total waste of money. There is virtually nothing in this book that couldn't be found with google and 5 minutes reading. Its a mere 47 pages long including large numbers of very boring stock photos of captured panthers in factories. No combat snaps (although many of these exist elsewhere) and minimal description of combat.Its filled with minor errors such as describing the Panther in the museum at Bovington as being built in 1945... it wasn't it was made in 1946 under the supervision of REME soldiers studying how the Germans built such a good tank. I know because there's a little brass stamp on the side of the tank saying as much. Its refers to a socket on the turret roof as being for the 'unrealised ambition to fit night sights' yet on the next page describes how the germans DID fit nightsights and refers you to another osprey book: panther variants for more detail! Clearly the editor didn't edit this terribly well. Its historic record that IR equipped Panthers saw action at least twice and the preserved Panther at Samur in France is IR equipped.In addition its filled with errors by ommision such as the claim that Kampfgruppe Pieper which lead the offensive in the Ardnennes was a pure Panther unit: it wasn't. One of their King Tigers is still in the market place at La Glieze and it also repeats old wives tales such as the one that Peipers Panthers achieved total suprise over the americans by being lead without headlights through the night by grenadiers with white rags tied to to their rifles. Clearly the author has never HEARD a column of tanks!A further problem I only noticed on a second read is that many of the photos (which are easily found on-line) have been brutally cropped down by Osprey. They show a picture of the command variant of the Panther but have cut the pic down so much you can't actually see the tops of the extra aerials which are the only external difference between this version of the tank and the standard model.Finally its assesment of the overall superiority of the panther is wrong. The authors claim that only the JS-2 on the eastern front and the M26 pershing and allied 17lb anti-tank gun could defeat it on the western front. No mention what so ever of the Sherman Firefly- a tank armed with the 17lb anti-tank gun that was present in large numbers from the 6th of June 1944... unlike the M26 that barely arrived before the wars end.If anyone is looking for a far better and more believable assessment of the Panthers REAL capabilities try this Panther vs Sherman: Battle of the Bulge 1944 (Duel) or for more depth this: Armored Thunderbolt: The Sherman Tank in World War II both by Stephen Zaloga. These both explain exactly how standard 75mm armed Shermans smashed Panthers on the battlefield.If you have some minor curiosity about Panthers just look online. If you want a full history don't make the mistake I did and buy this book- spend £30 or £40 and get a definitive work, not a pamphlet.

  • By Guest on 3 December 2015

    Another excellent Osprey book which provides a good overview of this important WWII tank. This is supported by colour drawings and black and white photographs. Sold at a good price and swiftly delivered.

  • By Chris Coleman on 15 June 2015

    Excellent over-view of the Panther. Also recommend the companion book, Panther Variants.

  • By Flemming on 4 December 2011

    A good intoduction to the Panther tank.


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