German Light Panzers, 1932-1942, Bryan Perrett

German Light Panzers, 1932-1942, Bryan Perrett

New Vanguard 26

This entry in the New Vanguard series looks at the Panzer I, Panzer II and the two Czech designed tanks taken into German service, the Panzer 35(t) and Panzer 38(t). Although these tanks are often overshadowed by the Panzer IV, Panther and Tiger, it was actually the light panzers that provided the bulk of the tanks during the victorious German campaigns in Poland and France, and even during the early days of the invasion of Russia.

This book traces the development of the light tanks from their birth in the early 30s, before the Nazis came to power, into the peace-time years of Nazi Germany, when Hitler's aggressive foreign policy forced the Germans to rush the Panzer I and II into mass production.

Perrett finishes by looking at the active service of these tanks, from their heyday as the backbone of the German Panzer forces in 1939-40 to the long period where despite being outclassed many of these tanks had to fight on, in North Africa and Russia.

This is a well balanced book that combines a technical discussion of the various types of light tanks, a look at the Panzer divisions and their equipment and the battlefield tactics and experience of the German light tank forces. As always with Osprey books, this is well a well illustrated work, with a good selection of contemporary photographs and a section of colour illustrations.

Author: Bryan Perrett
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 48
Publisher: Osprey
Year: 1998 revised second edition

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