Hitler’s Heavy Tiger Tank Battalions, 1942-1945: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Published: September 13th, 2020     
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Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn - IPMS# 42892
ISBN #: 1526747871
Price: $22.95
Product provided by: Casemate Publishers

The images of war series, published by Pen and Sword but distributed by Casemate Publishing, is a prolific series that covers a huge variety of topics. They will often feature a campaign or a particular vehicle and then provide a brief narrative and photographic coverage of the vehicle's service life. The author's do their best to find photographs that have not been widely published. The audience for these publications are history buffs and. I would say, modelers.

This particular volume focuses on the individual Tiger Tank battalions that were formed with the advent of the Tiger. The book takes a chronological approach and starts every chapter with a brief overview of what was going on. This is not a photo essay on the Tiger, but the battalions that they served. They served on every front and provided the units that they supported with the firepower that they were well known for. Since these battalions were combined arms units, the photographs not only show Tiger Tanks, but views of the supporting arms, which in my mind, are the most compelling of the book. There are some great ideas for dioramas, in particular with the mechanized flak guns.

For a one volume collection on Tiger Tank battalions, this is a nice additions. It is a nice touch to recognize that the thank battalions were more than just tanks and, in my mind, these are some of the more intriguing photographs in the book. This is not a comprehensive history, but an overview and it succeeds in that regard. One of the features that is both welcome and disappointing are the two Tiger profiles in the back of the book. It is nice to see those featured, but they are in black and white rather than color. My thanks to IPMS and Casemate Publications for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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