Nuts & Bolts Vol.31″Marder II” (Sd.Kfz. 131) – Panzerjäger II für 7,5 cm Pak 40/2
From the publisher’s website:
The Panzer-Jägers theme was always one of the major interest groups of the publishers. The Marder III series was a very important and interesting series which generated Volumes Vol. 15, 17, 18. We accepted at this time that it was also historically important to include the Marder II as it was one of the early and proficient tank hunters. However, we also appreciated that our readers were interested in other important German WWII ground equipment. We had decided that a further volume would follow in the Panzer-Jäger family on the important „Marder II“, but at a later date. To keep the series diversified we produced titles with different themes like Panzer-Artillerie and half-tracked transport etc. In the meantime, we had received additional information/photos etc on earlier Panzer-Jäger vehicles and therefore we revised Vol. 9 on the armoured RSO and Vol. 23 on the Panzerjäger I; together with a new Vol. 24 on the „Marder II“ based upon the Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. D & E.
Now we are proud to present just in time for Christmas 2013 Nuts & Bolts Vol. 31 concerning the „Marder II“ (Sd.Kfz. 131) on the chassis of the Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. A-C & F: 176 pages A4 / approx. 365 photos, of those 190 b/w photos, mostly unpublished showing the Marder II during the war, 155 coloured photos of four still existing vehicles in museums and 20 photos of Master models from Tony Greenland and Vinnie Branigan / 40 pages text in German / English with six tables and two Kriegstärkenachweisungen, all photo captions in both languages / 10 pages of 32 scale drawings in 2D and 3D in 1:35 scale of all known variants and details by John Rue / 7 pages with 14 coloured camouflage schemes from original wartime photos of the Marder II and the different ammunition used with the 5 cm Pak 38 and 7,5 cm Pak 40 by Carlos de Diego Vaquerizo / published and available November 18th, 2013
- by Joachim Baschin, Martin Block, Vinnie Branigan
- published on November 18th, 2013
- German & English texts
- 176 pages
- 365 photos (190 historic, 20 model, 155 modern)
- 32 blueprints
- 14 camouflage schemes, tactical markings, table of organization (KStN)
- only 29.90€
- Available from the Nuts & Bolts website.
This book is one of the later volumes but it doesn’t have a table of contents at the front like we see in the very latest volumes. The texts are in English and German with the English texts on the left of the page and the German on the right. All images and photographs have captions in both languages. The English translation is excellent. Now, let’s take a look at the book to see what we get.
The various sections of the book are:
- Introduction p2
- Development ofMarder II p3
- Technical Description p4
- Use of Panzerjager p6
- Deliveries to units p8
- Organisational Table p12
- Unit histories p16
- Marder II using infrared p37
- Camouflage & Markings p39
- Modeling the vehicles – text p40
- Bibliography p42
- Period photos p42
- 1/35 scale drawings p106
- Colour plates p116
- Preserved vehicle photos. p123
- Modelling the vehicles – photos and text p172
The book starts with an introduction stating that the high demand for self-propelled anti-tank vehicles in Russia was the reason for the development of this vehicle. We then move on to a short overview of the development of the Marder II and the technical description including a diagram with the armour thicknesses and the slopes of the armour. Next, we have a section on the use of Panzerjager before moving onto the production history of the vehicle and a large table indicating the delivery of vehicles to the various units. This table gives the actual infantry of Marder IIs at various times for all units. There is also an overview of the two authorized organizations of these units that were used during the war. There is a large section detailing the use of Marder IIs with each unit that held them, starting with the Panzer divisions and moving through all the other divisions and units that operated Marder II. There’s even a table indicating known chassis numbers and the units they were assigned to. There’s a short section giving information on the use of infrared devices on the Marder II before covering the camouflage and markings and listing the vehicles that are currently in museums. Then there’s a short section on modelling the Marder to in 1/35 scale before listing the 36 primary sources used in the research for this book.
Next, we have approximately 190 black-and-white photographs showing Marder IIs in practically every possible situation you can conceive. There are vehicles with every possible camouflage, the arrangement of equipment and weathering and wear. There is also numerous close-up photographs and all have excellent captions in English and German.
The next section of the book shows 32 scale diagrams of various models of Marder II form various angles. There follow 12 colour plates based on black and white photographs shown earlier in the book. Colour images of the various ammunition types are also given in this section.
The last big section of the book is dedicated to modern photographs of vehicles in museums. There are about 155 photographs in total showing all sorts of interior and exterior details of museum Marder IIs. These show all manner of details not usually seen in other publications.
The final few pages cover 2 quality builds of 1/35 Marder II based on the Dragon kits.
Overall this is an excellent reference for the Marder II and I believe it is the definitive book on the subject. There is a wealth of information and photographs that will cover all your needs. If you need to find out more about these vehicles this should be the first book you get and will probably be the only book you need.
I bought my book direct from the publisher at Nuts & Bolts.