The Armour of Hitler's Allies in Action, 1943–1945

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Ian Baxter
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A4 Paperback (9.6” x 7.4”) 128 pages with 250 black and white photographs
Company: Pen & Sword - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Casemate Publishers - Website: Visit Site
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Ian Baxter is a prolific author and has an impressive collection of photographs, many previously unpublished. The book follows the familiar Images of War format with brief introductions for each chapter followed by a lot of photographs to tell the story. While a plethora of books have been written about German armor, Ian’s latest book focuses on Germany’s allies Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, their armor, and German armor in their formations.

The Armour of Hitler's Allies in Action, 1943–1945, is composed of an introduction, four chapters and two appendixes:

  • Chapter One: Joining the Axis Powers
  • Chapter Two: Romania, 1943-44
  • Chapter Three: Bulgaria, 1944
  • Chapter Four: Hungary, 1943-45
  • Appendix One: Order of Battle
  • Appendix Two: Tanks used by the Axis Powers

After a summary of the chapter to come, there follows a multitude of often unpublished photographs showing the armor, armored units, soldiers, and how they fought armored formations, partisans, defended the frontier and defended to the end against the Soviet onslaught.

Ian Baxter again proves his amazing ability to succinctly make complex history into an easy to understand, compact chapter. He focuses and expands on each country’s contributions, their armor (or use of German armor) and soldiers in an amazing selection of photographs (including on page 89 the use of a Bulgarian Jagdpanzer 38(t) in 1945 with the Soviet star applied on every side after the Bulgarian army switched sides). The photographs are worth the price of the book alone, featuring the Romanian TCAM R-2 (Panzer 35t tank destroyer), TACAM T-38 (Panzer 38t), the Bulgarian Jadgpanzer 38(t), StuG40 Ausf G, PzKpfw IV Ausf H, Hungarian StuG III Ausf G, Tiger, and Panther. If you like esoteric armor, or German armor in foreign service, this book will be a boon for the next armor model, vignette, or diorama.

Ian Baxter is a military historian who specializes in German World War II history. With over 50 books to his credit, he has also reviewed numerous military studies for publication, supplied thousands of rare photographs and important documents to numerous publishers and film production companies worldwide. When Ian Baxter publishes a new book, it is well worth the time and money to purchase it. This book is no exception.

I highly recommend this book for historians and modelers alike. The images will motivate and serve as inspiration for lesser-known Axis armor fighting on the Eastern Front. This is a fascinating book.

Profuse thanks to Casemate and IPMS-USA for providing the review sample.


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