The name Tom Cockle will be familiar to many, especially those who have enjoyed assembling one of Dragon's exemplary 1/35 scale Panzer IV plastic kits! Mr. Cockle, who helped design these kits, is a recognized authority on such German vehicles as the Panzer IV. Here he has worked with Concord Publications to create a very fine book that covers both the Panzer III and Panzer IV. These vehicles formed the backbone of the panzer divisions, and this new book is a very welcome addition to the subject.
A marvelous selection of black and white photos has been compiled, most of which will be completely new to readers. They show the whole gamut of Panzerkampfwagen III and IV variants from the pre-war years, right through to the closing days of WWII. The photos show an interesting mix of pristine-looking vehicles through to destroyed wrecks, plus those operating in the summer heat and dust through to those covered in whitewash for freezing winters. Each photo is accompanied by a caption giving pertinent information about the content displayed, and these well-written captions demonstrate the author knows his stuff in intimate detail. The book begins with a description of the various Ausführung and their identifying features, and readers will enjoy delving into the complexities of each unique panzer variant.
In order to better present the good quality photos, 8 additional pages has been incorporated into this book, while the price remains the same as the rest of the series.
This volume also includes 16 color plates produced by Douglas Jameson, these showing panzers in accurately depicted camouflage schemes. In order to encompass as many photos as possible, the regular format of the "Armor at War" series has been extended with eight bonus pages! Written with an air of authority, this is a fine new 80-page pictorial record of these very important German tanks.