Tiger I, Eastern Front 1942

...TankCraft 30, from Pen & Sword

Title: Tiger I, Eastern Front 1942
Author: Dennis Oliver
Publisher: Pen & Sword
ISBN: 978-1-39901-808-1

We have reached number 30 in the TankCraft series from Pen & Sword, and it is another one from author Dennis Oliver. It is the same style as others in the series, a larger format 64-page soft-cover book. This new one covers the early stages of the Tiger story, when it was first introduced to combat in 1942, on the Eastern Front. It is the 7th book in the series covering the Tiger I and II variants, and completes the picture by covering the first production examples which went into combat.
The Introduction sets the scene rather neatly, leading into a map of the Eastern Front and a chronology of key dates/events between August 1942 and the end of March 1943. That leads to the next section, detailing each of those early Tiger units, complete with organisation charts, and including a number of Pz IIIs in their support elements. As ever, that's followed by 10 pages of colour profile artwork which illustrate a wide variety of camouflage and marking schemes, which I think will please so many modellers by offering plenty of ideas. More model content follows with the Model Showcase, with four beautifully built models of early Tigers, 3 in 1/35 and 1 in 1/72. If that all inspires you to try your hand at an early Tiger, the next section has 6 pages of Model Products, from full kits through to detailing sets from a variety of manufacturers. That leaves us with the last 15 pages detailing Technical Details & Modifications of the early Tiger Is, and including some useful data tables on production numbers and unit allocations. As well as the model specific sections, the rest is well illustrated with archive photos throughout, as we have come to expect from the TankCraft series.
This is another excellent addition to the TankCraft books, and completes the picture for the history of perhaps the most famous tank of WW2, the Tiger. While the focus remains firmly on modellers, the detail in these will capture the interest of anyone interested in the story of the Tiger tank, while the high quality models and the details of what is available on the market is likely to inspire many to have a go.
Thanks to Pen & Sword for our copy.

Robin