Tiger I German Army Heavy Tank Eastern Front, 1942

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Dennis Oliver
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TankCraft Series #30: 64 pages, 35 B/W and 3 color pictures w/ 1 map.
Company: Pen & Sword - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Casemate Publishers - Website: Visit Site

This is the 30th offering of this series and the 7th in the detailing of the Tiger I and Tiger II .

The book is divided in 8 section/chapters, and include an Introduction, The Eastern Front- August, 1942- March, The Tiger Units, Camouflage and Markings, Model Showcase, Modelling Products, Technical Details and Product Contact Details.

The book focuses on the first vehicles that left the production line and that went into battle during late 1942 and early 1943. There is a detailed description of the use of the vehicles from 1 August, 1942 through 31 March, 1943. This is followed by a table stating the number of tanks in each Tank Unit in August, 1942.

Next, we go into the reporting of each unit that used the Tiger I during the time previously mentioned. There are several tables indicating the table of operations for units 501 and 503, as well as the allocation of vehicles received, lost, on hand and operational.

The same will apply for regiments described in the book. This includes Panzer Regiment #1, #2, #3, as well a very small description of some of the battles in which these particular units took part. The second part of the description of the vehicles includes the modifications made to the vehicle during the period named previously. The description section of the book ends with a table describing the production, and allocation of the vehicles during the period of April, 1942 through February, 1943.

In the center of the book, you will find 32 pages dedicated to the color/camouflage of 20 vehicles, as well as the description showing details of 4 models ranging from 1/35 through 1/72 scale kits.

The kits used for this description of improvements/conversions are the Dragon's Initial Production Tiger I, Rye Field Models both in 1/35 scale and the Zveda in 1/72 scale. This section continues by giving a description of several company’s offerings. They include Dragon both 1/35 and 1/72 scale; Tamiya 1/35 scale; Rye Field Models 1/35 scale; Zveda 1/35; 1/72 and 1/100 scales; Hobby FanAFV Club 1/48 scale; Academy Models 1/35 scale; Model factory HIRO 1/35 scale; Rochm Models 1/35; 1/16 scale; Royal Models 1/35 upgrades; Aber 1/35 upgrade; and E.T. Models 1/35 and 1/72 upgrades.

This is the section that I found most interesting as it shows how to improve your Tiger I. The last page of the book is full of information in regard to the different companies that made products for improving the kit. If you want to upgrade/improve your Tiger I, I feel this is the book for you.

Thanks to Casemate Publishers and Penn and Sword for allowing me to review this offering.


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