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Panzer III & Its Variants Schiffer Pub Ltd Walter J. Spielberger

30th November 2011 History Books 5 Comments

Vol. III of IV.

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

Panzer III & Its Variants (The Spielberger German Armor & Military Vehicles, Vol 3)

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  • Chris D
    14:48 on November 30th, 2011
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    The book covers self-propelled assault artillery used by the Germans in World War Two. The Germans first created the Sturmgeschutz as a cheap fire support vehicle for the infantry, but it soon became a mount for long-barreled, high-velocity antitank guns. The first chapter covers prewar experiments, but the bulk of the book is devoted to the Sturmgeschutz based on the Panzer III chassis, and each production variant gets a chapter. The Sturmgeschutz IV, based on the Panzer IV chassis, is also covered, as are the self-propelled 105 mm and 150 mm assault howitzers on the Panzer III chassis. There are also bonus chapters covering antiaircraft vehicles, halftracks, and recovery vehicles used by Sturmgeschutz units. The technical history is well-balanced, offering information for both the model builder and the automotive engineer, and the three-view drawings and cutaways by Hilary Louis Doyle are to the modeller’s scale of 1/35th. Though the title was one of the first of Walter Spielberger’s books to be translated into English, it is actually one of his most recent books, and is far superior to the Panzer III, Panzer IV, and Panther books. This was also one of his last collaborations with researcher Thomas Jentz, and the style is almost identical to that of Jentz’s own series of books on German armor (also published by Schiffer).

  • Lisa Llano
    1:02 on December 1st, 2011
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    I enjoy reading this book very much. Speilberger has written a good history of the assualt gun sturmgeshutz. Included are a lot of excellent, high quality photos, line drawings, a history of the development of the assualt gun, the varients to the stug as well as support vehicles.

    Also of interest are sections on the factories, subcontractors where the vehicles were made, operational information written by the crews who used these turretless tanks.

    What would have made this better? A bit more detail, but not all of the line drawing information was translated from German, so something is lost there. Some of the drawings were used in other Speilberger works, but I still highly recommend this work.

  • Ariez Dustoor
    23:06 on December 3rd, 2011
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    What can be said? Since I have been a modeler/history lover (45yrs.) Spielbergers works have been considered the top of the line as far as details go.If you are looking for the unit histories or battle tactics of these tanks than this isn’t the book;or series of books for you .If you are looking for the technical stuff that I love, then Spielberger is for you!Panzer 3 and it’s variants is one of the early books in this series and it covers the whys as to the creating of this vehicle very well. All the tech stuff is there as mentioned with some history as to use of the tank.If details matter then get this book.T.M.L.

  • lnightrick
    15:08 on December 5th, 2011
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    Spielberger’s Panzer III book is one of his older works and is a bit dated. It isn’t that the book is “bad” but rather much new information has come to light in the decades since this volume was first written. Depending on what you are looking for in a book, the Spielberger series in general may or may not be for you. The works tend to be on the technical and developmental side. So, if you are looking for unit allocations, wartime combat photos, camouflage and marking information, etc., the books are lacking. But they do go into great detail about the automotive/mechanical aspects of the featured vehicle family. You do get a nice mix of original technical drawings and illustrations, older Hillary Doyle line drawings (not the most current or accurate since the book is older), and a variety of black and white photos illustrating the different versions of the Panzer III and then various details like the deep wading muffler, etc. There are a couple color plates but nothing spectacular. My main complaint with the Panzer III book is, that while it is called the Panzer III and its variants, half of the book pertains to the StuG III. The problem with that is the StuG has its own volume. Much more info on the Panzer III gun tank should have been in this book. The Spielberger Panzer IV book suffers the same way in that 2/3 of that title cover vehicles that used the same chassis. At least with the Panzer IV, a second, newer, volume was completed before the author’s death.

  • Ripel
    17:01 on December 5th, 2011
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    I can recommend this book for a statistical reference and a factual source. The image are fairly good and some are really new, since they show the assault gun in factories and in dismantle view. You can follow the development of the assault gun even to the slihtest detail. In that optic this book is aim at the modeller and the detail devotee.

    And what really, really bug me with all the Schiffer Military books is that they use a old Typo and that mainly all the photography and schema have poor description and use a even worst Typo. It could sound odd, but when you read a manual like this, you dont want to be stress by the Typo.

    Dont go for this book if you want a photographic reference and avoid at all cost this book if you intend to entertain yourself.

    Paul Bourgault
    2Lt/Fus MR21/34thCBG/RCAC

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