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Panzer Tracts No. 7-1, Panzerjaeger (3.7 cm Tak to Pz.Sfl.Ic) development and employment from 1927 to 1941

by Thomas L. Jentz and Hilary Louis Doyle

Published by Panzer Tracts, ISBN 0-9744862-3-X, 72 pages.

This is another great book from the Panzer Tracts team. It deals with the German development of anti-tank self-propelled guns up to 1941, with two more volumes to follow for the later years.
Here we have authoritative information about some of the least-known vehicles as well as the well-known ones like the PzJag I and “Dicker Max”. Experimental types of the 1920s get 15 pages with good photographs and side view plans, then there’s another 10 pages of SPs on halftrack chassis including the Pz.Sfl.II that saw combat in Libya. 4 pages on the 8.8 cm Flak 18 on 12 tonne halftrack chassis follow, without any plans but with photographs that will serve builders well.
Next is the Dicker Max on 14 pages, with only a side view plan but the text, photos and combat reports are fascinating. Anyone with the On Track Models kit to build will need this book! The PzJag I gets 14 pages too, with again a great text, combat reports, photos and four-view plans of both early and late versions - just what you need for the Italeri kit. The 4.7 cm Pak on Renault R35 chassis gets the next 6 pages, including side-view plans and no fewer that seven in-service photos of both the gun and command versions.
The 5 cm Pak 38 on Borgward munitionsschlepper comes next with four pages including a side-view plan and six photos – looking like a feasible conversion using the DML Pak 3 and their Borgward A’s suspension. Finally there’s a Pak 38 on VK9.01 chassis, a single page with side-view plan and one photo.
All of this is excellent, and will provide details for several kits as well as conversion and scratchbuild ideas. Highly recommended!

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