Thursday, 5 February 2009

First Panzer photo books on Blurb

I have managed to get two volumes ready and uploaded to blurb over the christmas break. They are made up of photos collected entirely from ebay over the last 10 years. The first 15 pages can be seen on by clicking on the images below. The images are primarily selected to illustrate technical changes but inevitably capture the mood and atmosphere of the times.

Each book has diagrams that lay out the development and changes as they happened and include production numbers and associated dates. By combining information from the most up to date sources in one place there will be no more flicking through numerous volumes to find text describing related changes - it's a one stop visual reference.

The series of books are called "PzKpfw IV at the front" primarily because most images are taken by the troops themselves.
Volume 3 covers Ausf F, Ausf F2(G) and early Ausf Gs. The reason for publishing this volume first is this hectic period of change of role and use; from short barrel to long barrel is of most interest to me and has been the main initial focus for my photo collecting.
Volume 4 continues on to mid and late Ausf G, Ausf H and Ausf J. Taking the story to the end of the war and onto post war use.
The subsequent volumes will prequel these adding imagery from early and pre war use right up to the invasion of Russia and the fighting in North Africa.