Tiger Tanks at War

Tiger Tanks at War

Book rating: 05 Paperback At War

By (author) James Brown, By (author) Michael Green

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  • Publisher: Motorbooks International
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 268mm x 12mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 17 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Wisconsin
  • ISBN 10: 076033112X
  • ISBN 13: 9780760331125
  • Illustrations note: 60 colour and 60 black and white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 161,684

Product description

The first prototype for the Tiger tank was set to be ready for Hitlers birthday on April 20, 1942. The Henschel Company, competing with Porsche, produced the superior model, and by August of that year the formidable Tiger--or Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf. H.--was in full production. This book takes us behind the scenes with the Tiger tank, reviewing the full history, the design and mechanics, and the mixed record of this machine, which was designed to outgun its Russian counterparts. Military writer Michael Green offers a close-up account--accompanied by photographs, diagrams, and maps--of how the Tiger tank operated, how it was armed, and where it succeeded brilliantly, as well as where it failed miserably. His book fills a fascinating niche in the history of military technology, and of the impact of technology on history itself.

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Michael Green is a freelance writer, researcher, and photographer who specializes in military, transportation, and law enforcement subjects, with more than 50 books to his credit. In addition, he has written numerous articles for a variety of national and international military-related magazines.James D. Brown served twenty years in the U.S. Army as an armor officer, with secondary specialty in research and development. His active duty service includes a four-year tour as an assistant professor of engineering at the United States Military Academy, where he taught combat vehicle design and automotive engineering.

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By Mathias Lundqvist 18 Feb 2011 5

An excellent all-round book on one of, if not the, most famous tanks of WW2. Covers virtually everything you'd want to know about development, fighting ability, strengths and weaknesses and much more. Several interviews with crewmen who fought in these panzers provide interesting insights in the everyday life of the panzer crewman and testify to the prowess of this armored behemot.

Numerous full-colour photographs of modern, restored Tigers give a realistic picture of how they looked back then and really help one appreciate the power they must have projected on the battlefield.

And it's just not the Tiger I that gets the full treatmen, the Tiger B or "Königstiger" is also described both in words and pictures. Allied weapons and tanks developed to counter the threat of the Tiger are also described.

This book is a very good source of information on the Tiger tank, the only thing I miss (as a budding miniature painter) are the colour-plate illustrations that appear in the Osprey-series of books. But at this price, it's really not an issue, this book is serious "bang for the buck" and a must have for anyone interested in tanks and a virtual treasure-house for those who enjoy the German panzers.

Recommended!

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"WWII History, "September 2008""Tiger Tanks at War "is filled with photos (scores of high-quality color views of restored tanks at museums and reenactments in the U.S. and Europe) that illustrate many points: the Tiger's design and development, armament, armor, mechanics, operation, performance, strengths, weaknesses, and tactical employment...the authors have done a fine job of providing the reader with a better understanding of how the vehicles and their crews actually functioned in combat. Anyone with an interest in armor will want "Tiger Tanks at War" on their bookshelf."

Back cover copy

The first prototype for the Tiger tank was set to be ready for Hitler's birthday on April 20, 1942. The Henschel Company, competing against Porsche, produced the superior model, and by August of that year the formidable Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf. H. was in full production. The Tiger excelled in situations where the crew could take advantage of its first-rate optical sights and its famed and justifiably feared long-range, 88mm gun on hard, open terrain. But when Hitler ordered the first Tiger tanks into action against the Russian army on August 29, 1942, it was a dismal failure. Not because of the quality of the tank, but because of Hitler's own shortsightedness; he sent too few tanks into an area of marshy ground completely unsuitable to the tank's weight and bulk (the original Tiger tanks tipped the scales at well over fifty metric tons and the Tiger II, which first saw combat in Normandy in July 1944, was near seventy). Despite its inauspicious debut, the Tiger would soon prove its worth on both the Eastern Front as well as against American and British forces in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and France. Tiger Tanks at War" takes readers behind the scenes, reviewing the history, design, and armament of the tank made to outgun its Russian counterparts. Including photographs, diagrams, and maps, this is the complete story of the Tiger tank.