Panzer Tracts # 13

Panzerspaehwagen

by Thomas L Jentz and Hilary Louis Doyle

Published by Panzer Tracts

reviewed by Patricio Delfosse

 

The volume number 13 of this respected series is dedicated to German wheeled armored vehicles (Panzerspaehwagen) from its origins to 1945, making emphasis logically in period 1939-1945.

Each vehicle is represented by an historical review, a table of specifications and at least one photo of the vehicle (in some cases more). The main vehicles also are represented by technical drawings with the customary exactitude of Hilary Doyle.

The quality is optimal, with great and clear photos and drawings in 1/35 scale. If something characterizes Thomas Jentz it is his scrupulous lack of opinion. This, far from being a critic, is a great merit. Instead of displaying to us a book contaminated with own ideas (the examples abound) it is limited to transcribe the official data, Army's operationals reports and archives of the manufacturers. The reading becomes, obvious, less eye-catching than a novel of Sven Hassel, but it leaves us the security of which the displayed information is strictly true. And this is thanked for.

Beginning with the ARW, the book is featuring alphanumerically the different vehicles used by Germany, until arriving at the Sd.Kfz. 263. We found very good information of the Kfz. 3 of 1927, as well as of the complete series of vehicles of 4-6 and 8 wheels that as much use they had during World War II.

In the book are very useful images of the Sd.Kfz. 263 (8 rad) in mimetic scheme of two tones, previous to the outbreak of the war, as well as other very good photos of the same vehicle that will allow us to transform the Sd.Kfz. 232 of Tamiya with great probabilities of success.

Also the detailed photos of the guns of the Sd.Kfz. 234/4 and 233 are useful for the serious modeller

Conclusion: Highly recommended for anyone seriously interested in German vehicles. By its tecnico-historical character and the coldness of the text is not recommendable for someone that only has a marginal interest in the subject. Is not for beginners.

Dimensions (in milimetres) 215x280 (8.5" x 11")
Softbound - 60 pages - 96 photos and drawings
ISBN: 0-9708407-4-8