Book Alert: German Panzer II by David Doyle

Ampersand Publishing has released a new entry in their Visual History Series on the German WWII era Panzer II tank.  Written by David Doyle, German Panzer II: A Visual History of the German Army’s WWII Light Tank (Visual History Series) differs from previous entries in the Visual History Series in that it is a 168 page hardcover.

Publisher’s Description:

The Panzer II was Germany’s first cannon-armed tank in the post World War I era.  Designed and initially produced under the code name of 100-horsepower Farm Tractor, owing to the restrictions of the Treaty of Versailles, the Panzer II remained in production, and in the field, well after it had been surpassed by better engineered, more heavily armed and armored vehicles, and indeed played a key part in the early victories achieved by the Blitzkrieg.

The third in our expanded Visual History series features nearly 200 scarce wartime photos, illuminated by detailed captions. Coverage includes the Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. A; Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. B; Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. c and A-C early; Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. c, A, B, C modified Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. D; Pz.Kpfw. II (F) Ausf. A & B; Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. F; Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. G; Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. J and the Pz.Kpfw. II “Lynx.” All of the photos have been carefully selected to showcase the many details of the variants. Many “Panzer rarities” will be found within the 168-pages of this hardbound volume. ISBN: 978-1-944367-11-4

Page samples can be found at the Ampersand Publishing website, as can ordering information.  Ampersand is currently running an end of the year sale offering % discounts based on order size.

New and Upcoming Books

Here are some books that either have been released recently or on scheduled to be released in the next month.

Book15Nagmachon Heavy APC  by Michael Mass and Adam O’Brian

Publishers Description:

Desert Eagle Publishing is proud to announce the release of its No. 15 book, in the IDF Armor Series.  Title is – NAGMACHON Heavy APC – Centurion based APC IN IDF SERVICE – Part 2

Book includes old (birdcage) and new (slat armor and doghouse) versions, and the regular chapters :
– The family
– In action
– In details
– Power pack and engine compartment
– Armament
– Suspension
– and a Recovery story in Lebanon, with a personal touch.

Contains many previously unseen photographs.  Release date: March 1st 2016


US halftracks part 2U.S. Half-tracks Part 2 By David Doyle

Ampersand Publishing

Publishers Description:

Explore the development, production and deployment of America’s heavily armed half-track variants. Illustrated with 700 period photos and described in detail in the 448 hard-bound pages of this volume are the myriad of half-track based mortar, howitzer and gun motor carriages ranging from the ubiquitous but uncelebrated M4 Mortar Carrier to the obscure twin-40mm Bofors-armed T68 to the acclaimed M16 antiaircraft vehicle, which armed with four .50 caliber machine guns remained in the US arsenal until the late 1950s. Drawing heavily on obscure manufacturer documents and long-forgotten government records, this volume, when combined with Part 1, published in 2015, is the only complete study of these vehicles. ISBN: 978-0-9861127-4-4. $49.95


German Panzer IGerman Panzer I: A Visual History by David Doyle

Ampersand Publishing

Publishers Description:

Clandestinely developed during the post WWI-era during which Germany was forbidden from developing, producing or owning armored combat vehicles, the Panzer I served as a proof of concept. Manufacturers and engineers became acquainted with the creation of modern fully tracked combat vehicles and soldiers were familiarized with the driving, maintenance, logistics entailed by fielding an armored force. Once war began, not only did these experiences prove invaluable, the tanks themselves, armed only with twin machine guns, nevertheless proved formidable weapons against ill-prepared enemies. Spread through 168 hardbound pages, over 200 photos document all variations of this, the cornerstone upon which Germany’s famed panzer force was built. As a special bonus, this title includes a 16-page-color walk around section featuring very rare examples of the Panzer IA, B and F. ISBN: 978-1-944367-04-6. $28.95


298-1252-thickboxShilka AA Gun In Detail By Jan Horák and František Kořán.


Publishers Description:

The book covers ZSU-23-4V1 and ZSU-23-4M variants on 120 pages, 370 colour photos and 20 manual drawings.




Book Alert: Ampersand Publishing announces three new books

US halftracksOver at Armorama is a post announcing that Ampersand Publishing is going to release three new books for American AFV fans. The first is a new hard cover book covering American half-tracks.  At 456 pages, this promises to be a very comprehensive look at the ubiquitous US armored transport.  Ampersand’s Son of Sherman is one of the definitive books on the Sherman tank.  It can be hoped that this book on US Halftracks will continue that tradition of quality, in-depth coverage.

The Military Machine, Volume One – U.S. Half-tracks
The development and deployment of the U.S. Army’s half-track vehicles, Part one
By David Doyle, 456 pages, hardcover. $49.95. ISBN: 978-0-9895547-6-3

Also announced are two additions to the Visual History series with books covering the M103 tank and 6-ton trucks.

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