Tanks in the Battle of the Bulge
...New Vanguard 281 from Osprey Publishing
Title: Tanks in the Battle of the Bulge
Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
New Vanguard 281 is a 48-page soft-cover book from well known author Steve Zaloga. Personally I think we so often see the pictures of the King Tigers used in the battle, we lose sight of how many other AFV types were in action during the Ardennes offensive in that winter of 1944. This helps balance that view.
The book is divided into 4 main sections, and 3 of these have additional sub-divisions to help organise all the information this one holds. It starts with the background to the Campaign, then on to The Tanks, Doctrine & Organisation, which is split across Wehrmacht, US Army and British Tanks in the Battle. Next is Technical Factors, split between Wehrmacht and US Army before getting to the last section, Battle Analysis, which splits across Organisational & Doctrinal Lessons, Technical Lessons and Tank Casualties. Accompanying the informative and very readable text there are plenty of archive images, neat colour profiles of the various tank types as we should expect in a New Vanguard title. The extra value in this one though are a large number of data tables which present a great mix of detailed information. These include Technical Characteristic comparisons of different tanks, guns; unit strengths/organisation for all sides, even replacements and tank losses as far as that is known. Records for US equipment is recorded but the main German records are incomplete/lost. There is a lot of detail within these tables and they make a very useful reference.
Another good addition to the series and written by a popular expert. A useful reference on the armour used during the battle and of interest to WW2 historians, modellers and wargamers alike.
Thanks to Osprey for our review copy.