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Panzer Tracts, Jagdpanzer IV

...No. 9-2, Panzer Tracts, an imprint of Panzerwrecks

Title: Panzer Tracts Jagdpanzer IV
Author: Hilary Louis Doyle & Thomas L. Jentz
Publisher: Panzerwrecks
ISBN: 978-1-915969-17-0

A new reprint of Panzer Tracts No 9-2, examining in detail the Jagdpanzer IV, Panzer IV/70 (V) and Panzer IV/7- (A). An 80-page soft-cover book from Panzerwrecks, the new owners/publishers of this series.
Panzerwrecks, the new owners of the Panzer Tracts series continue to publish new editions of these excellent books.
In this one, first published back in 2012, the book has been updated by Panzerwrecks with the new paper, layout and clarity on the archive photos so detail is really plain to see. The work that went into this one rests on a detailed examination of 7 surviving vehicles, all of which are listed, and this has resulted in15 pages of line drawings, with the complete vehicle plans in 1/35 plus many specific details then drawn separately in 1/10 scale, so we get to see them in even greater detail. The 3 major variants are each covered individually, with the original Jagdpanzer IV, which was armed with the shorter 75mm L/48 main gun, which was commonly seen with a muzzle brake on this shorter barrelled version, then the Jagdpanzer IV L/70 (V), manufactured by Vomag, and lastly the Jagdpanzer IV L/70 (A), which used a modified superstructure on a basic Paz IV hull, though still fitted with the 75mm L/70 gun, and where the (A) designation related to these all being built by Alkett. All are illustrated with some archive photos, some of which are well known, while others less so.
So much detail in here, all based on original material plus detailed examination of multiple surviving vehicles. This is the clearest single publication I can remember seeing that clarifies the differences between these 3 major variations of the Jagdpanzer IV, including all the tiny changes which were made to the production vehicles over time. With the new format for these re-published books they are even better than before, and well worth checking out by both AFV historians and modellers alike. Definitely recommended.
Thanks to Panzerwrecks for the review copy.


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