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This highly illustrated title details the history of the Panzer IV throughout World War II, where it saw service on the front line from Poland in 1939 through to the very last days of the Third Reich in Berlin in 1945.

The Panzer IV program was started in 1934, forming, alongside the Panzer IIs and IIIs, the schnellen Truppen, the force that was to become the Panzerwaffe. At first, German planners envisioned the tank in a secondary role, but during the invasions of The Low Countries and France, it took on a more central role.

When the Panzerwaffe turned east to attack the Soviet Union, the Panzer IV initially fared poorly against the better-armed T-34. However, upgrades to its gun and armor protection saw it perform far better, not only against Soviet armor but also against British and American tanks in North Africa and Italy. In 1944, it was slowly replaced by the Panzer V Panther, but the dire strategic situation meant that it bore the brunt of the Allied D-Day invasion and its aftermath, and it remained in service until the end of the war.

Fully illustrated throughout with contemporary photographs, this fascinating study from German armor expert Thomas Anderson tells the complete story of Germany's most widely produced tank of World War II, from its design and development to its many upgrades and variants.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Origins
Chapter 2: 1936–1938 The Panzertruppe
Chapter 3: 1939 – Fall Weiss
Chapter 4: 1940 – Fall Gelb
Chapter 5: After the Fall of France
Chapter 6: 1941 – The Balkans
Chapter 7: 1941 – North Africa
Chapter 8: 1941 – Barbarossa
Chapter 9: 1942 – Langrohr
Chapter 10: 1943
Chapter 11: 1944 – Technical Progress
Chapter 12: Afterword


Product details

Published Feb 09 2021
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 304
ISBN 9781472829689
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Fully illustrated in b/w
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Thomas Anderson

Thomas Anderson is a specialist on German armoured…


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