Tanks of World War II – Episode 7: Renault R-35 and Hotchkiss H-35

Finally, a new episode of The Tanks of World War II! This one looks at the French Renault R-35 and the Hotchkiss H-35. Don’t forget to check out our page of further reading suggestions.

Book Review: British Battle Tanks

We do a quick video review of the three volume set on British Battle Tanks from 1916 through World War II by David Fletcher.

Video Book Review: Smashing Hitler’s Panzers

Here is our video book review of the new book by Steven Zaloga,Smashing Hitler’s Panzers: The Defeat of the Hitler Youth Panzer Division in the Battle of the Bulge.

 

Publisher’s Description:

In his riveting new book, Steven Zaloga describes how American foot soldiers faced down Hitler’s elite armored spearhead—the Hitler Youth Panzer Division—in the snowy Ardennes forest during one of World War II’s biggest battles, the Battle of the Bulge. The Hitler Youth division was assigned the mission of the Führer’s Ardennes offensive: capture the main highway to the primary objective, Antwerp, whose seizure Hitler believed would end the war. Had the Germans taken the Belgian port, it would have cut off the Americans from the British and perhaps led to a second, more devastating Dunkirk. In Zaloga’s careful reconstruction, a succession of American infantry units—the 99th Division, the 2nd Division, and the 1st Division (the famous Big Red One)—fought a series of series of battles that denied Hitler the best roads to Antwerp and doomed his offensive. American G.I.s—some of them seeing combat for the very first time—had stymied Hitler’s panzers and grand plans.

Video Channel Update and TOG-2 Manuals

From Our Readers: Reading Between the Lines – Tiger Articles

300px-Bundesarchiv_Bild_101I-299-1805-16,_Nordfrankreich,_Panzer_VI_(Tiger_I).2A couple years ago a reader named Matt Dederick submitted an arcitle titled Reading Between the Lines: Estimating Tiger Tank Production.  He recently followed that article up with two more entries in his Reading Between the Lines series.  One article is on The Tiger I Tank Purchased By Japan, the other is titled What Colour Was It?

The articles can be downloaded in PDF format at the links below.

Reading Between the Lines: The Tiger I Tank Purchased By Japan

Reading Between the Lines: What Colour Was It

 

Book Review: Professor Porsche’s Wars

Here is our video book review of the book Professor Porsche’s Wars: The Secret Life of Legendary Engineer Ferdinand Porsche Who Armed Two Belligerents Through Four Decades by Karl Ludvigsen.

 

 

Publisher’s Description:

Regarded as one of the great automotive engineers of the twentieth century, Ferdinand Porsche is well remembered today for his remarkable automotive designs including the Volkswagen Beetle and Auto Union Grand Prix cars. Yet there is another side to his extraordinary career, for he was an equally inventive designer of military vehicles and machinery. In this field too he excelled. Indeed the sheer versatility of his contribution is astonishing. Karl Ludvigsen’s study is the definitive guide.

He tells the complete story, focusing on Porsche’s relations with the German armed forces and on the stream of advanced designs he was responsible for. Included are Austro Daimler’s pioneering aero engines, the Kübelwagen, Schwimmwagen, Type 100 Leopard tank, Ferdinand or Elefant tank destroyer and the astounding Type 205 Maus tank. He also describes Porsche’s creative work on aero engines, tank engines and even a turbojet for the V-1 flying bomb.

Karl Ludvigsen’s account confirms the preeminence of Ferdinand Porsche as a brilliant and prolific engineer, one of the most remarkable of his generation.

The Chieftain on the M41 Walker Bulldog

Nicholas “The Chieftain” Moran has posted a couple videos looking at the M41 Walker Bulldog light tank over at his youtube channel.