The seventh in the Tankcraft series examines the genesis, development and operational history of Germany’s two primary light tanks, the Panzer I and II.
As both types formed the centre point of the Wehrmacht’s Blitzkrieg campaigns, being available in far larger numbers than the later Panzer IIIs and IVs during the battle of France, its perhaps ironic that inspiration was gained from British and French tactics documents and studies. The development is covered in depth, highlighting the lengths Germany went to keep their design secret, even purchasing equipment via third countries to mask their efforts.
As is customary, there is a gallery of several builds, featuring 1/35 Panzer Is from Italeri, Dragon, Hobby Boss, and Panzer IIs from Tamiya, Bronco, Alan; several of these include turned brass barrels, plus aftermarket photo-etched accessories, individual-link tracks and figures. These are followed by reviews of currently available kits, and the final chapter is dedicated to the types’ combat service.
The narrative is backed by good quality black-and-white photographs (there are informative captions for each) and 24 full-colour profiles and turret views, charting the various camouflage, weapons and changes to Panzer I and II sub-variants, including early Panzerjäger conversions. Modellers intending to build one or more of these tanks will find the information contained in these 64 pages indispensable, along with much inspiration for specific tanks, equipment/stowage and vignettes.
Panzer I & II
By: Robert Jackson
ISBN: 978-1-526711-24-3 Price: £14.99