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German Armoured Cars and Reconnaissance Half-Tracks 1939-45 (New Vanguard, Band 29) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. September 1999

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An account of the history and development of German armoured cars and recce vehicles used in World War Two. The volume is number 29 in the NEW VANGUARD series.

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Bryan Perrett was born in 1934 and educated at Liverpool College. He served in the Royal Armoured Corps, the 17th/21st Lancers, Westminster Dragoons and the Royal Tank Regiment, and was awarded the Territorial Decoration. During the Falklands and Gulf wars, he worked as defence correspondent for the Liverpool Echo. A highly successful author, Bryan is married and lives in Lancashire.

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First the worst: the illustrations in this book are a disappointment. No profiles at all - rather, armoured cars are illustrated in "lifelike" illustrations by what seems like coloured crayons and in a quality that looks like the artist is a young enthusiast picked from a school contest.
The notable exception is the title illustration, which is included as a 2-page cutaway in the book and is from a different artist (Jim Laurier) - and can be obtained separately, as we are told in the acknowledgements.

The text is reasonably informative, with too much emphasis on describing missions (with full dialogues! could we skip that please and get some more hard information instead?). German being my native language, I cringed every time a piece of equipment was spelt wrongly, and I cringed often. If you cannot spell "Schützenpanzerwagen" or "Schwerer Panzerspähwagen", don't write a book about them!

In summary, I should have got the centrefold and skipped the book. And no, you cannot remove it from the book without damaging it.
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This book, more so than the other New Vanguard books (in my opinion), focuses on the employment of the German armored reconnaissance units, more so than on the hardware involved, unlike, say, Zaloga's dissection of the T-34 in the relevant New Vanguard books. The book is a very good reference, marred only by some so-so color art, and a must for anyone interested in German recon of WWII.
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HASH(0x9c4bee48) von 5 Sternen Bites off much more than it can chew 9. Juni 2013
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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-34 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.
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HASH(0x9c530420) von 5 Sternen Good overview of German recce vehicles. 28. April 2014
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This Osprey New Vanguard title - German Armored Cars And Reconnaissance Half-Tracks 1939-45 - is a really good overview of German armored cars. Like any Osprey title, it has excellent period photos and usually good color plates.

This book does a very good job of showing the evolution of German armored cars beginning in the years before WWI when Paul Daimler showed a prototype of a four-wheel-drive, armored car with a Maxim gun in a rotating turret to the Kaiser's military. It wasn't accepted by the conservative powers of the day, but it showed the way forward.

After WWI, the Germans were constrained by the Treaty of Versailles and could not (officially) have any armored vehicles, but the German state police could have armored cars. This effectively gave the Germans an opening to experiment with armored cars. The author does a good job of showing the various interwar designs in light and heavy armored cars. Some of them were purpose built while others used commercial truck frames such as the Sdkfz 231 (6-rad) which showed itself to be a false savings. One of the odd requirements was that of backward-facing driver's controls so, in theory, they could reverse directions and get out of trouble quickly. It was an odd requirement that added cost and complexity to the vehicles.

However, the German armored cars were far more advanced than their contemporaries and the author lays out the path taken by German designers, beginning with simple four-wheel-drive vehicles and moving to 6x4 and 8x8 wheeled armored cars. The use of the Sdfkz 250 half-track was placed into recon units (Panzer-Aufklarungs-Abteilung) because of the additional traction in the snowy Russian landscape.

The author does a good job of laying out the reconnaissance structure of German units as well as their function of gaining intelligence for their parent unit. Though their primary function was gaining intel, they frequently found themselves as the operational reserve in their division when on the defensive.

The latter half of the war found the Aufklarungs units in desperate combat screening retreats more than their primary mission and you see the mounting of heavier and heavier weapons on these vehicles. The machine guns and 20mm cannon of the early vehicles gave way to 50mm and 75mm anti-tank guns and 75mm howitzers as the war went on.Frankly, these vehicles are far more advanced and effective than the American or British equivalents and the German units were far more versatile.

I found this book to be a very good overview of the subject of German armored cars. Search in Amazon for a better book on the subject and you'll find they're aren't any but pictorials. This is as good an overview you'll get on such a complex subject and covering so many vehicles. I recommend it to those interested in the subject with four stars.
HASH(0x9c6019cc) von 5 Sternen A solid introduction to the topic 3. Juli 2014
Von Jonathan R. Holland - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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There is enough information to satisfy the basic interest in the subject and, like most Osprey books, it's a good place from which to start more indepth research. As always with Osprey the color plates are very nice with a good selection of pictures of the various German armored cars in service before and during the war are used throughout.
HASH(0x9c52f5f4) von 5 Sternen Five Stars 24. August 2015
Von History Nut - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Nice little look at the several models of armored cars used by the German army of WWII.
HASH(0x9c52f78c) von 5 Sternen Five Stars 21. Juli 2014
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The new vanguard books are a great deal for the price. Lots of info and color plates.
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