Panzerwrecks 20: Ostfront 3

Panzerwrecks 20 has been released and this volume concentrates on the eastern front and is the 3rd book in this series to cover this area.. The authors of this series always ask a series of questions in their advertising to whet your appetite , and  this time was no exception. The answers to these questions can be found inside the book:

  • What was the circle of death?
  • Whose Panther was found at a railway station?
  • Can a 37mm Sturmovik cannon destroy a Panther?
  • Which new tank round was tested by the Russians in 1945?
  • What aircraft weapon scored the most panzer kills in Hungary?

The details of the book are:

  • Authors: Lee Archer and Kamen Nevenkin
  • Artist: Felipe Rodna
  • ISBN: 978-1-908032-14-0
  • Language: English (UK)
  • No of Photos: 98
  • No of artworks: 6 colour, 8 illustrations, 1 map
  • No of Pages: 96
  • Physical: Softcover, 280x210mm, landscape
  • Costs £17.99 ($21.92 at today’s exchange rate) from the authors website

This book is a little different form the others in the series. The Russian  17th Air Army conducted an evaluation into the effect of aircraft weapons on German and Hungarian armour in the battles around Lake Balaton. Almost every photograph in this book is from an album created as part of that evaluation and held at the Russian Central Military Archives. This book could also be considered a tour of the Lake Balaton battlefields.

The book starts with pages 1-5 covering Russian aircraft weapons, cannons, rockets and bombs before covering the tactics they used to deliver these weapons. There are also some totals of what types of vehicles were destroyed and by what means. Interestingly more vehicles were destroyed by their own crews than the Russian armed forces. The best way for me to describve the contents of the rest of the book is for you to watch the video. The Russians numbered all the destroyed German vehicles and these are used as a type of numbering system as you progress through the book.  The way each vehicle was destroyed is given in the text and there are numerous sketches throughout that were taken from the original Russian evaluation report. If you want to display a destroyed German vehicle then there’s lot of information here for you and the captions, taken from the evaluation, give you the background as to what happened. As always these books provide excellent, real life, diorama ideas for the modeller and provide a wealth of background detail for each photograph.

The quality of the photographs does vary, and as stated in Panzerwrecks #19 “Many of the images in this book were taken under difficult conditions using basic equipment and are included for their historical value, not their photographic quality.”

A highly recommended addition to the Panzerwrecks series. This issue will be, as always, a great source of inspiration and ideas for diorama and model builders.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International

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Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.


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