9. Panzer Division 1940-1943

Published: October 25th, 2011     
Author: Marek Kruk and Radosław Szewczyk
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo - IPMS# 46363
Company: MMP Books
ISBN #: 978-83-61421-29-0
Other Publication Information: size, 144 Pages, b&w photos, line drawings, 14 color photos
Price: $32.00
Product / Stock #: Green Line No. 4110
Product provided by: Mushroom Model Publications

Mushroom Model Publications continues expanding its Green Line series devoted to armor units. Its latest installment is "9. Panzer Division 1940-1943." Given the timeline on the title, one can only speculate that this book will be followed up by a second volume devoted to the history of the unit in 1944-1945.

The current book covers the history of the unit, from its inception as an "Austrian" unit through its deployment in the 1940 Blitzkrieg in the West as it moved into the Balkans involvement in 1941 in the Balkans (Greece and Yugoslavia). Most of the book is actually devoted to the unit's involvement in the Eastern Front, covering Barbarossa (1941), the summer offensive of 1942, and the bloody battles of Kursk in 1943. The book includes a very short description of the unit's fate in 1944 and 1945, when it was transferred to the Western Front to face the Allied landings in Normandy and the push into Germany. Finally, the book has a list of all the 9. Panzer Division Commanders from 1940 to 1943.

In total, this book has plenty of b&w pictures, over 10 line drawings, and 14 color profiles. It also has very useful maps, following the movements of the unit during the major operations in which it participated.

I would recommend this book to any history-oriented modeler, due to the detailed maps and pictures included in the book, which are excellent reference material.

I would like to thank IPMS/USA and Mushroom Model Publications for the review sample.

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