Excellent photo selection, high quality
reproduction, informative captions
High price may turn some off
I first came across William (Bill) Auerbach's books over 20 years
ago in a hobby shop. I bought a book called 'Last of the Panzers'
and was very impressed with the quality of the captions and the
unique photos contained therein. One in particular that stuck in my
mind was of a Jagdpanzer 38 with a baby elephant marking. The crew
may have been veterans from the StuG III unit with Elephants painted
on their Topfblende which all books called Boars (perhaps since they
erroneously called the cast mantlet armor a Saukopfe).
Bill is the co-author of the new Panzerwrecks series along with Lee
Lee is a master modeler with many unique items in his portfolio
based on photos from his collection. This team has brought about a
series of books covering the remains of the German army as found by
the victorious armies.
This is their second volume and it follows the first book's format
of landscape with perfect binding and high quality gloss soft
covers. It measures 8.125 inches tall by 11 inches wide and has 96
pages within. Page 96 is mislabeled as 95. A great thing about the
binding is the added creases to allow the covers to open further
without stressing the binding.
The front inner cover has a table of contents, acknowledgements, and
a brief introduction by Mr. Auerbach. The contents are called
features and the outside edges of the pages repeat the feature title
in a vertical format.
This is a quick and easy to use
design for realizing the photo's location.
The 96 pages are on a very good quality semi-matte paper which can
reproduce details in a photo quite well.
On to the photos! There are 119 black and white photos of varying
detail quality. I am aware the rear cover states 118 photos but I
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Some of the photos are blurry but
are included for their rarity and I totally agree with this
decision. There are so many photos, most of which are one to a page,
that the inner rear cover has four. Of all these photos, only a
dozen are of collections with the rest focusing on a vehicle.
1. PzIV/L70(V) 4 photos (A) 1 photo which is repeated on
the rear cover
3. Panther 21 including Panzerstellung, and some Ausf D in 1945
4. Panzer IV 7 including 2 Panzerbeobachtungswagen
5. Sturmmörser 3 of which one is repeated on the front
6. Jagdtiger 3 photos
7. StuG 6 of which two are large photos of an example
disguised as a Jagdpanzer IV
9. SdKfz. 251 12 photos which include /21 and /22 variants
10. Flakpanzer 3 38 (t), one Möbelwagen, one Wirbelwind
11. Halftracks SdKfz 10 (2 photos), SdKfz 7 (4), Panzerwerfer 42 (5
photos of which one is 8cm and another of the launcher alone)
12. Borgward B IV 2 photos
13. SdKfz 231 1 photo of a late production in camouflage
14. Pz.Kpfw. M42 (i) 12 photos
15. StuG M41 mit 75/18 850(i) 1 photo
16. Pz.Kpfw. II with Holzvergasser 2 photos (but appear as
background in others)
17. Jagdpanzer 38 1 photo
18. RSO 1 photo
19. 28/32cm Wurfrahmen (Sf) auf Infanterieschlepper UE (f) 1 photo
20. 7.5cm PaK40/1 auf Sfl. Lorraine-Schlepper 1 photo
21. Marder II 3 photos
22. Marder III Ausf. M 1 photo
23. Wespe 1 photo
24. Panzer III 3 photos
25. Sd.Kfz.223 1 photo
26. Tiger I 2 photos (in the background of many more)
27. Panzer I Ausf. B with a StuK 40 mounted 1 large photo
I particularly love the oddball stuff such as the masquerading StuG
III and the field expedient tank killer on the Panzer I chassis.
However, the captions are quite detailed and it is a pleasure when
the authors really know their vehicles, locations, units, and
details. Since the focus is on the German AFVs, no mention is made
of the Shermans in seen some photos, or the Allied trucks, or the
short wing Junkers Ju-87 D series in the background.
This is an excellent reference book and an inspiration to modelers
who want to see the unusual, such as the captured vehicles. Diorama
enthusiasts will also learn a lot from the damage caused to the
buildings which is evident in many photos.
This book, like its predecessor, will be a classic and is highly
recommended to get one before they sell out. My thanks go out to
William Auerbach for the preview sample.