Sunday, March 25

Squadron/Signal releases the armour and chroincles the Superfortress


New books on the horizon (just released actually) from Squadron/ Signal productions this month – a new “Walk around” book for the Jagdpanzer 38 “Hetzer” German tank destroyer as well as a popular “In Action” book on German armoured cars which looks set to impress the “paper panzer” lovers while a second in the excellent “Chronicles” book looks to keep B-29 Superfortress lovers head down reading all about this famous bomber's operations for a while yet, if it is half as good as the  "Chronicles of the P-61 Black Widow" book we are all in for a treat! – read on to see more from Squadron…

Doyle. Germany began developing its heavy armoured cars well before the outbreak of World War II. Germany's early six-wheel armoured cars were based on 6x4 truck chassis, and their off-road mobility was limited. These vehicles soon gave way to an expanding series of eight-wheel drive/eight-wheel steer vehicles fitted with a variety of armament. In time these too were supplanted by even larger armoured cars incorporating refinements based on lessons learned from the vehicles' field experience, such as heavier armour, armament, and an air-cooled engine. Packed with more than 220 period photographs, this book chronicles the development and deployment of Germany's six and eight-wheeled armoured cars before and during WWII; 80 pages.

Hilton. With its pressurized cabins for high-altitude operation, its long range, large bomb capacity, and turbo-supercharged engines, the B-29 Superfortress was the epitome of cutting edge American air power during WWII. The author, a photographer with the 40th Bomb Group and a veteran of 83 Superfortress missions, offers a first-hand, eye-witness account and shares his experiences on reconnaissance and bombing missions, flying the 'Hump' and taking off from an advanced base in Szechuan, China, to pummel Japanese occupation forces throughout Asia. Then in early 1945, the 40th BG moved to newly-liberated Tinian from which they took part in the final chapter of WWII - the aerial assault on the Japanese home islands. The book introduces you to fellow veterans of the 40th who relate their no-less extraordinary experiences - ditching in the Bay of Bengal, lost in the Siberian Taiga, downed behind enemy lines in China, taken prisoner after bailing out over Tokyo. Personal accounts from the men who served on the front lines of the air war in the Pacific, a unique primary historical source and a truly exciting read. Illustrated with over 100 photographs; 120 pages.

 Stapfer. By the end of World War II, the Jagdpanzer 38 Hetzer was the Wehrmacht's most widely used tank destroyer. Armed with the formidable Rheinmetall-Borsig Pak 39 L/48 7.5cm anti-tank gun the Hetzer served on both the Western and Eastern fronts. More than 2,800 Jagdpanzer 38s were built in just over one year - from April 1944 through May 1945 - far more than any other WWII German tank destroyer. This ground-breaking volume features detailed photos of early, medium, and late Hetzer variants and contains the first-ever published wartime photos of the vehicle's interior. Pictures of Jagdpanzer 38 vehicles in Bulgarian and Swiss service appear here for the first time, and the SK-23 steam-powered recovery vehicle based on the Hetzer is also documented along with extensive coverage of the G 13, including the first-ever colour photographs of that variant's interior. Illustrated with over 200 photographs, plus detailed line drawings, and colour profiles; 80 pages.