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Panzer IV Medium Tank

German Army and Waffen SS

Summer 1944

Pen & Sword Books

by Dennis Oliver

Reviewed by Graham Carter



Pen & Sword Books
Tank Craft 3
German Army and Waffen SS
Summer 1944
by Dennis Oliver


978 1 39901 804 3 

Media and Contents:

Soft Cover; 64 pages.


GBP£14.99 plus shipping available online from Pen and Sword Books

Review Type:

First Read


Excellent quality printed material, clear images and notes, excellent profiles and kit builds, open-flat binding.


Use of white text on some pale images


A series of books that look like a modeller’s dream, well produced reference of a specific AFV from a specific campaign, well produced on quality paper. Extremely useful.



From the well-known and respected  book company Pen & Sword comes another of these super-useful books for the AFV modeller. To quote from the website:

“An innovative series following in the footsteps of the popular Ship Craft and Flight Craft ranges, launching in Autumn 2016, TankCraft aims to provide modelmakers and tank enthusiasts with a new standard of primarily visual reference of both full-size tanks and their scale models. 



Each book will contain detailed technical information imparted through drawings and photographs while the meticulously researched full-colour profiles will provide a complete reference for paint schemes and markings. In addition, every volume of the Tank Craft series will feature summaries of design histories and operational careers, and review of available kits. Each book is devoted to an iconic tank type – chosen for its popularity as a modelling subject – and the series will provide coverage across a range of different criteria, showcasing the best of the world's tank types and providing invaluable insight and guidance for modelmakers.”



The books cover a huge variety of AFVs, mostly of WWII vintage but also a few more modern ones such as the Chieftain, Challenger and Scorpion. All follow the same format and most are from the pen of Dennis Oliver.



Each has a glossy card cover with photos in colour of a model and profile and some period B&W images on front and back. The strong binding allows the pages to open flat for ease of reading and reference during a build. Inside are 64 quality semi-flat pages divided into a number of sections, in this case:

  • Introduction,

  • The Western Front in summer 1944, including a useful map and description of the events and organisation of the German army,

  • The Pzkpfw IV units used there,

  • Camouflage and markings, including some excellent profiles and detail drawings,

  • Model Showcase , including splendid builds by  James Nigel Panganiban( Academy 1/35 ),Theodoros Kalamatas ( Zvezda 1/72),Yvan Garnier ( Dragon 1/35 early model),  and Konstantinos Kaogeropoulos (Tamiya 1/48), followed by a brief look at other kits by Dragon, Tamiya, Trumpeter, Miniart Creative Models, Academy, Rye Field and Border Model.

  • Technical Details and Modifications, covering some of the finer mods in images and notes.

  • Organisation of the German Panzer-regiments during the campaigns during the battle with the Allies in NW France, and

  • Product Contact Details , Lists of sources and other products.



One small issue is the use of white text notation over pale backgrounds that is not always easy to read  - see pages 3 ,8 ,10 ,12 and 51. All-in-all, though, this volume is  an absolute feast for the model maker as images are large enough and well-annotated, backed up with excellent text,  as to be very useful. Highly recommended to the historian and AFV modeller of German equipment.

Thanks to Pen & Sword Books for the sample