Hitler’s Panzers – The Complete History 1933-45 written by Anthony Tucker Jones and published by Pen and Sword Books – £20.00 – Hardback – Pages 229

There has always been a fascination in Germany’s Panzer tanks with the Tiger tanks often being seen as one of the best tanks around. Let’s face it Germany’s Blitzkreig during WW2 was an episode that really stood out and although the Panzer tanks reputation were yet to  grow into fruition, the use of tanks were really seen as a true weapon of war. So how did the Panzer divisions get their name and reputation, well this book sets it out and explains everything from its lesser prowess to the vast improvement in all areas of the Panzer divisions to become such a power during the war. Together with well-trained troops and crews and reputations such as SS Leader Jochen Peiper and his crew to name a very reputable crew. We are taken through the development of the tanks by the author from the beginning when they were ‘prohibited’ from building their militaria right up to the end of the war. Through the book we learn about various aspects from design, tactics, mechanics, firepower, weapons and much more.

I have really enjoyed this book, it is so informative and I can honestly say that I have learnt a lot from this. Coming from a person who is a bit of a beginner to the Panzer history, this has been a great and even entertaining read. Whilst this not a book for the real beginners I would say that people that know their stuff would get a lot out of it too. It’s a balanced and authoritative book that explains everything clear and well. I would certainly recommend this book and I give it a 4.5 out 5 stars.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.