Readers of Concord's immensely popular "Armor at War" series will be familiar with the author Frank V. De Sisto and his recent mini-series entitled "Panzer Vor!" The latest offering from this knowledgeable author is "Panzer on the Ostfront 1941-43". It examines Germany's panzer units and equipment on the infamous and dreaded Eastern Front.
In this volume, the Eastern Front also includes the Balkans campaign (Operation Marita) of 1941 as Hitler removed this threat before embarking on his campaign against the Soviet Union. The book gives a concise summary of events leading up to and including Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia on 22 June 1941. It then continues the theme as the Nazi war machine expended itself in the intractable Russian steppes and harsh winters.
The focus of the book is naturally the black and white wartime photos, These show a whole range of vehicle types - soft-skin vehicles, half-tracks, armored cars, and of course a liberal serving of tanks and armored vehicles. These photos are sure to inspire modelers or simply give a sense of conditions on the Eastern Front at this time. Captions are accurate and provide helpful insights into photo contents. The book also features a set of sixteen color plates by Laurent Lecocq. These represent various vehicles and their typical painting and marking schemes.
This is another fully-packed and inspiring volume that examines a fascinating period in military history.