Tanks of Hitler's Eastern Allies, 1941-45 Paperback
Illustrated by Henry Morshead
Part of the New Vanguard series
The titanic armor battles of the Russian Front are widely known, but the role of Germany's eastern allies is not as well known.
Two of these countries, Romania and Hungary, manufactured their own tanks as well as purchasing tanks from Germany.
These ranged from older, obsolete types such as the PzKpfw 35(t) all the way up to the latest and best German vehicles including the Tiger I and Hetzer.
These tanks played a frequent role in the battles in southern Russia and Ukraine and were especially prominent in the disaster at Stalingrad where the Red Army specifically chose the weaker Romanian and Hungarian salients for their critical envelopment operation.
This New Vanguard will provide a broad survey of the various and colorful tanks used.
Besides covering the largest of these Axis tank forces, this book will cover the many smaller and lesser known forces including the Italian contingent in Russia, the Finnish armored force, and the small but interesting armored forces of the Russian Vlasov (RONA), Croatian, Bulgarian and Slovakian armies. This subject is seeing increasing interest in the modeling world; for example Tamiya recently announced a PzKpfw 35 (t) (suitable for Romanian, Slovak armies) a Finnish StuG III, and a Finnish BT-42.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 48 pages, 40 b/w; 7 col
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 08/04/2013
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781780960203
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Review by Luftwaffe_Flak
Nice overview of the armored forces of Bulgaria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Croatia, Finland, and the small amount of Russians who fought under the Germans. The color plates are excellent and there are some neat photos but there isnt much in the way of text or information. This isnt the authors fault as the Soviet Union seized most of the countries records and photos as they fought their way to Germany and have yet to release them. Good intro though, as in the end it leaves you wanting more, even if there may not be more to be had at this time.