Any review of this book would have to start out by pointing out that it is a short book of 48 pages, about a third of which consists of illustration. Most books of this series, as a result of this constraint in format, concentrate on only one specific type of armoured vehicle and its variants (i.e., Panzer IV) and in many cases not even that. For example there is book in this series on the T-35 85mm gunned version as well as one separate edition dedicated to the version that was introduced before that.
As a result of attempting to cover so many different types of vehicles (about two dozen) the reader only gets a superficial bit of information that does not even touch the surface with respect to describing these vehicles. With respect to the eight wheeled SdKfz 232 (and its many variants), for example, there is no mention of the fact that it had eight wheel steering as well as eight wheel drive. The book mentions that it was an "expensive" vehicle but does not mention that it cost half of a Panther tank. This gives the word "expensive" a new dimension. These is also no mention of how German tracked vehicle development came about during the war (there were basically none before the invasion of Russia)- basically they were expedient solutions to the knee-deep mud that was found on the Eastern Front. The expedients took the form of slight modifications of already existing tracked vehicles. One of the most widely used German tracked reconnaissance vehicles was simply a variation of the SdKfz 250 that was converted for reconnaissance use, basically, by only having a turret housing a 20 mm and machine gun mounted on its top.
On the positive side, the book does a few points to recommend it. The colored plate illustrations, albeit heavy on the North African theatre, do provide a few good camouflage schemes and illustrations for diorama and model builders. A much larger plus are the sections of the book entitled "Organization and Method" and "Armoured Reconnaissance in Action". These two sections provide two very good first hand and lengthy descriptions, by German reconnaissance officers, of how these vehicles operated on typical and successful long-range penetration patrols. One of these was an account of a deep-penetration reconnaissance patrol on the Eastern Front ant the other on the North African Front. . Both of these accounts amount to almost four pages of text (with few comments or narration from the author of the book, they are provided in almost verbatim form). These provide an extraordinary overview of how these operations were conducted, elements that were considered successful in their conduct (primarily stealth and avoidance of combat with enemy even on very advantageous terms), use of terrain, dangers involved, etc. These two accounts, in this reviewer's opinion, are worth buying the book for alone. This reviewer gives this book a three star rating purely on the value of these two reports. Without these he would have given this book a one or two star rating.
In short, the book bites off far more than it can chew in terms of the vehicles it attempts to cover. Not only are there far too many vehicles examined (about two dozen) but the book also covers things like operations, organizational structure and the previously mentioned accounts of operations. If the book was limited to one type of vehicle (i.e., the eight wheeled SdKfz 232 or the four wheeled SdKfz 222) it could have probably have been successful. Considering what it attempts to cover, in the limited space and format, it cannot but fail. On the positive side, however, there are a few good color plates of some of the covered plates and two excellent first had accounts of successful reconnaissance operations. The accounts alone are what make this book worth purchasing.