Panther Enhancer: win 1 of 3 signed copies of Anthony Tucker-Jones’ Panther & T-34 books
Along with the Tiger, Sherman and T-34, the Panther ranks as one of the most famous tanks of the Second World War. Anthony Tucker-Jones, in this comprehensive new study of a remarkable fighting vehicle, uses over 100 archive photographs, along with a selection of colour profiles, to describe its design, development and operational record.
On the Eastern Front the German army needed to counter the Red Army’s robust and utilitarian T-34 which began to appear in every-growing and eventually decisive numbers. The Panther, the German response, was rapidly conceived and produced under extraordinarily difficult wartime conditions. With its sloping armour and a high-velocity 75mm gun, it proved to be a better medium tank than its predecessor the Mk IV, it was more versatile than the heavyweight Tiger and it was superior to most of the Allied tanks it faced. It also had an important influence on subsequent tank design.
Anthony Tucker-Jones’s photographic history gives a fascinating insight into its wartime career.
It could be said that the T-34 was the tank that won the Second World War. In total 57,000 were produced between 1941 and 1945. Stalin’s tank factories outstripped Hitler’s by a factor of three to one, and production of the T-34 also exceeded that of the famed American M4 Sherman. Not only did this output swamp German panzer production, the T-34 was a robust no frills war-winning design–easy to manufacture and reliable. Its sloping armour was innovative at the time and its wide tracks suited it to off-road warfare. Crucially it required little maintenance in comparison to German tanks, and its chassis was used as the basis for a range of assault guns, the SU-85, SU-100 and SU-122.
Anthony Tucker-Jones’s photographic history of this exceptional armoured vehicle follows its story through the course of the war, from its combat debut against the Wehrmacht during Operation Barbarossa, through the Red Army’s defeats and retreats of 1941 and 1942 to the tide-turning victories at Stalingrad and Kursk and on through the long, rapid Soviet advance across Ukraine and Byelorussia to Berlin.
As well as a range of rare archive photographs and photographs of a surviving example of the T-34, the book features specially commissioned colour illustrations.
All you need to do for a chance to win these latest editions to the Images of War series is to send us a photograph of either a painted 15mm Panther or T-34 in your collection. As we’re feeling generous you can include a photograph of a SU-85, SU-100 or SU-122. To show that we value diversity and don’t discriminate in any way, we will even accept photographs of Panther IIs, Ausf. Fs and E-50s!
If you send us a photograph of your painted Panther or T-34 and the wartime photograph you used as inspiration we’ll put your name in the hat twice!
All photographs sent will be posted in an online gallery so you can (work out if the odds are in your favour) reference them as inspiration.
You’ve got until Friday the 8th of July 2016 to send us your photographs to the usual email address: modeldads [at] gmail [dot] com.
The 3 lucky winners will be drawn at random and notified via email on Saturday the 9th of July 2016. Copies of your books will be sent direct courtesy of Pen & Sword Books upon receipt of your postal address.
Good luck and get clicking!