Tiger I & Tiger II Tanks, TankCraft 25
...in the Normandy Campaign, 1944, from Pen & Sword
Title: Tiger I and Tiger II German Army and Waffen SS, Normandy Campaign 1944
Author: Dennis Oliver
Publisher: Pen & Sword
Tank Craft 25 from Pen & Sword, a book for the AFV modeller. This is another title in the series that tackles the Tiger I & II, but this time specifically those in the campaign in Normandy of 1944. While there is a little bit of duplication with the earlier title, this one devotes more to the details of those units using the Tigers in France to face the allied invasion forces.
The book follows the usual format for the TankCraft series for the 64-page soft-cover book. After an Introduction on the opening page to set the scene, and a map of France indicating the position of various units on the next page, then it starts on the details of each of the units equipped with Tigers that served in the campaign, both Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS units. Despite so many accounts that mention them, there were in fact only 56 Tigers recorded as in service in the region at the end of June 1944. The text is accompanied by some well captioned archive photos plus some unit organisation charts, and this goes through to page 16 before it breaks for a section of 10-pages of first-class colour artwork. Next, a model showcase featuring the work of 5 expert modellers, showing 2 models in 1/72, 1 in 1/48 and 2 more in 1/35, all beautifully done. That leads to another 8 pages highlighting the variety of Model Products on the marker, with manufacturers of complete kits, along with etched detail sets and replacement tracks that are available from a list of various manufacturers. After that we go back to the details of the Tiger units again, taking us from page 49 through to 57. Pages 58 to 63 take us into another level of detail, covering Technical Details & Modifications, listing the dates when various changes were made to the production lines and how these can be recognised in different Tigers. That just leaves a final page which lists the details/addresses of the various model manufacturers mentioned within the book.
Another fine addition to the series by author Dennis Oliver, with content not just for the armour historian but also a first-class reference for armour modellers, whichever is your preferred scale. The TankCraft series is a real boon to AFV modellers, and produced at a reasonable price too.
Thanks to Pen & Sword for our review copy.