Book Alert: Early US Armor: Tanks 1916–40 (New Vanguard)

It’s a double dose of Steven Zaloga today for those that collect Osprey Books titles.  In addition to his new Duel book on the BT-7 and Pz 38, today also saw the release of his new title in the New Vanguard Series: Early US Armor: Tanks 1916–40 (New Vanguard).  This book follows the same format as other New Vanguard titles, being a softcover of 48 pages.  Illustrations for this book are by Felipe Rodríguez Náñez (aka Felipe Rodna).

Publisher’s Description:

Between the two world wars, the United States contributed significantly to the evolution of the tank, a weapon invented by the British and the French seeking to break through the lines of German trenches. From the employment of the French Renault FT and British Mark V during their involvement in World War I, the United States branched out with its own indigenous designs, including the M1 Cavalry Car and the M2 Light and Medium tanks, the precursors to the Stuart and Grant tanks of World War II. Tank designers in this period faced unique challenges, and the story of early American armor is littered with failures among the successes.

Featuring previously unpublished photos and fully illustrated throughout, Early American Armor (1): Tanks 1916–40 is essential reading for anyone interested in American armor, or in the development of tank design.

Early US Armor: Tanks 1916–40 is available from Amazon here.

Book Alert: Panzer 38(t) vs BT-7: Barbarossa 1941 (Duel)

Osprey books has released a new entry in the Duel Series of softcover books. Panzer 38(t) vs BT-7: Barbarossa 1941 (Duel) by Steven Zaloga takes a look at these two iconic tanks of the early WWII period.  Those familiar with the Duel Series will know what to expect.  This book is 80 pages with plenty of color images and black and white photos.

Publisher’s Description:

The tank battles in the Soviet Union during the summer of 1941 were the largest in World War II, exceeding even the more famous Prokhorovka encounter during the Kursk campaign. Indeed, they were the largest tank battles ever fought.

This book examines two evenly matched competitors in this conflict, the German Panzer 38(t) and the Soviet BT-7. Both were of similar size, armed with guns of comparable firepower, and had foreign roots–the Panzer 38(t) was a Czechoslovak design and the BT-7 was an evolution of the American Christie tank. With full-color artwork and archive and present-day photography, this absorbing study assesses the strengths and limitations of these two types against the wider background of armored doctrine in the opening phases of Operation Barbarossa.

Panzer 38(t) vs BT-7: Barbarossa 1941 is available from Amazon here.

Book Alert: Rolls-Royce Armoured Car: 1915-44 (Haynes)

Haynes has released another of their “Owners’ Workshop Manual” titles focused on armored vehicles.  This latest one examines the Rolls-Royce Armoured Car: 1915-44 and is authored by well known British AFV expert David Fletcher.  This is a 160 page hardcover book.  As with others of this series, it features plenty of photos, charts and diagrams.

Publisher’s Description:

The Rolls-Royce Armoured Car is almost a legend: introduced by the Royal Naval Air Service the First World War for shore patrols, modified versions were still in service during the Second World War in 1940–41 with the British Army’s 11th Hussars in the North African desert. Between the wars they were used for policing duties by the Royal Air Force in Iraq, Egypt and India. Centrepiece of this manual is the Irish Army’s 1920 Rolls-Royce Armoured car ‘Sliabh na mBan’, restored jointly by the Irish Defence Forces and specialist historic Rolls-Royce restorer James Black Restorations between 2012 and 2015.

Author: David Fletcher MBE is the former Librarian at the Tank Museum and a respected world authority on armoured fighting vehicles. He is also a prolific author, including the Haynes Great War Tank Manual (2013) and co-author of the Haynes Tiger Tank Manual (2011). He lives in Dorset.

 

Publishing News: SABOT purchases Verlinden

According to a post on their facebook page, SABOT publications says that they have purchased Verlinden Publishing and plans to relaunch the Verlinden Warmachine Series.

Statement from SABOT:

17097869_442018192796659_6956954807529505527_oSABOT Publications is relaunching the Warmachines series of photo reference books initially created by Verlinden Publications. SABOT Publications recently purchased Verlinden Publications, including all of its photographs, slides, books, and other intellectual property. We hope to continue the success and variety of titles that the Warmachines series offered. With a couple of new 1/35 scale kits expected to come out on the M1 ABV, this vehicle will be our first book in the new series. The second book will focus on the Stryker MGS in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Warmachines series will be smaller and more focused on a particular topic. The books will be 64 pages in length, with all full color, large high quality photographs, 8.5×11 inches, with minimal text, and retail for US$24.99. These books will really focus on the photos as references. The first two Warmachines will be available by the end of March. They will be available for preorder on the website very soon. Look for more new titles coming out throughout the year!

Sabot also publishes a photo series titled “In Detail”, which we posted about last July.  Since that time, they have released two new entries in that series, M60A2 MBT Volume 2 and M1A2 MBT Volume 2.

 

AG001-2TFor those interested in WWII Armor history, be sure to check out Kampfgruppe Walther and Panzerbrigade 107 by Jack Didden and Maarten Swarts.  This 440 page book features over 450 photos and provides a day to day narrative for the month long period that this unit existed.  The authors have unearthed many new sources and photographs, from both sides and as a consequence the book contains images of nearly every knocked out fighting vehicle and illustrations showing the composition of the Kampfgruppe, Panzer-Brigade 107, US Task Forces and all the other units involved.

Here is a brief review from the facebook page of Steven Zaloga.

I just got in the second Jack Didden book on German units during Operation Market Garden covering Panzerbrigade 107 in September 1944. This is a massive book, about 430 pages. It is very well printed on gloss stock and very heavily illustrated. The photographic coverage of Panzer Brigade 107 is surprisingly good. There are numerous maps, in color with considerable tactical detail. In spite of the German focus of the title, for anyone interested in the British XXX Corps attack towards Nijmegen, there is very extensive coverage including the most thorough photo of British AFVs in this campaign that I have seen. Overall, a most impressive effort. Not inexpensive. I got mine from RZM Imports in Connecticut to avoid the European postal fees.

 

 

New Issue of ARMOR available

armor winter 2017The Winter 2017 issue of ARMOR is available for download.  Features in this issue include:

Making Reconnaissance Guidance Say What You Think by CPT Luke Bowers

The Role of Reconnaissance Forces in the Counterattack  by LTC Scott Pence

Looking Toward the Future: the U.S. Cavalry’s Role in Multi-Domain Battle by MAJ Amos C. Fox

Trends in Defensive Operations by COL Esli Pitts

Tough Vehicles Require Tougher Crews: Why We Must Re-establish a ‘Gunnery Culture’ … and How to Do It by SSG David D. Lunebach and SSG Sean M. Leytham

The Battle of Debal’tseve: the Conventional Line of Effort In Russia’s Hybrid War in Ukraine by MAJ Amos C. Fox

TRADOC Big 6+1 Capabilities by LTC Corey B. Chasse

Enhancing Shared Understanding within the Brigade’s Operations Process by MAJ Rich Groen

Applied Combined-Arms Maneuver at Company Level by 1LT James Casey

Saving Future Gallons: Overview of New Field Manual 7-0 by James L. Young Jr.

Book Alert: Red Army Tanks of World War II

A new printing of Red Army Tanks of World War II: A Guide to Armoured Fighting Vehicles of the Red Army has been listed on Amazon by Amber Books. As far as we can tell, this is a reprint of the 2002 book Russian Tanks of World War II: Stalin’s Armored Might published by Zenith Press. Authored by Tim Bean and Will Fowler, this is a 176 page book with numerous black and white photos and illustrations.

Publisher’s Description:

“Red Army Tanks of World War II” is an authoritative history of Soviet armored forces before 1945, detailing their development, tactics and equipment from the early days of the tank arm in the 1920s, through the purges of the late 1930s and the German invasion in 1941, to the epic tank battle of Kursk, and eventual victory in the streets of Berlin.

The growth and development of Stalin’s armored might is illustrated with 170 rare black-and-white photographs, some of which have never been previously published. These include images of tank training in the 1920s and 1930s, photographs taken on active service, and pictures of the major tank battles of the war. The photographs are complemented by detailed artworks of Soviet tanks and exhaustive specifications.

A must for any enthusiast, “Red Army Tanks of World War II” is the definitive study of the equipment and tactics of the Soviet armored forces that defeated the might of Hitler’s Wehrmacht.

Book Alert: Kampfpanzer Maus

According to Amazon, a new book on the German Maus tank is available as of today.  Published by Schiffer Military History and authored by Michael Frohlich,Kampfpanzer Maus: The Porsche Type 205 Super-Heavy Tank examines the history of the bizarre and ill-considered German super-heavy tank. This is a 240 hardcover edition and is described as being a continuation of the Spielberger series on German tanks.

Publishers Description:

In 1944 the Maus giant battle tank, weighing almost 190 tons, was supposed to help turn the Wehrmacht’s fortunes of war on the Eastern Front. Just two prototypes of this monster were delivered, for its undeniable advantages―tremendous firepower and virtually impenetrable armor―were outweighed by the disadvantages of its slowness, excessive use of materials in construction, and fuel consumption so high that it was, by that time, far beyond the Germans’ ability to supply. With this volume, Michael Fröhlich continues the legendary Spielberger series and delves into one of the most curious military vehicles produced by Germany―the Maus super-heavy tank. For the first time, this book tells the complete story of this vehicle, including its inner workings, accompanied by many previously unpublished illustrations. But that is not all: the book includes another novelty, the complete operating instructions for the tank’s crew!

Kampfpanzer Maus: The Porsche Type 205 Super-Heavy Tank is available from Amazon here.