Book Alert: Panther on the Battlefield 2

panther-on-the-battlefield-2-480x346Peko Publishing has announced that the upcoming title Panthers on the Battlefield 2 is available for pre-order and scheduled for a Sept. 30 release date.  Little information is given regarding this title on the publisher’s website, but according to, this book will feature large photographs covering almost the entire page with detailed captions.  The text is in both Hungarian and English and the photos document vehicles both destroyed and in service.  The book is a hardcover of 112 pages. Page samples from the book can be viewed at the Armorama site here.  The book is priced at 25 euros with free world wide shipping and can be ordered at the Peko website.

Book Alert: Combat History of the Panzer-Abteilung 103: September 1943 – August 1944

May 19 is listed as the release date for the book Combat History of the Panzer-Abteilung 103: September 1943 – August 1944 by Norbert Szamveber.  This is a hardcover book published by PeKo publishing, the number of pages is not included in the description unfortunately.

Publishers Description:

The book presents the detailed combat history of German Panzer-Abteilung 103 as part of the 3. Panzergrenadier-Division in Italy from September 1943 to August 1944 based on the almost unknown war diary of this unit. The Panzer-Abteilung 103 was fully equipped with Sturmgeschütz III assault guns. This is an impressive look at tactical-level events and command decisions, highlighting the German armored combat tactics in Italy. The book includes a number of original maps and excellent photos.

Book Alert: Zrinyi II Assault Howitzer

9786158007238Casemate Publishing has listed a May 19 release date for the first volume of PeKo Publishing’s new photo-monograph series. The first volume looks at the history of the Hungarian assault gun Zrínyi II. The book contains 128 pages and 112 mostly unpublished photos.  As far as we know, this is the first book devoted exclusively to the Zrinyi II.

About the Zrinyi II: Following the success of assault guns on the World War II Eastern Front, the Hungarians developed their own model, based on the chassis of the Turán tank.  The 40/43M Zrínyi II was armed with a 40M 105 mm L/20 howitzer.  The Zrínyi II design was a traditional infantry support vehicle. Between 40 and 66 Zrínyi II units were produced between August 1943 and July 1944 and a single Zrínyi I prototype. There is only one surviving Zrínyi II in the Kubinka tank museum near Moscow.