Tuesday, May 22

Read n' Reviewed: Panther: Panther and Jagdpanther Units, The Eastern Front – From Operation Bagration to Berlin Part 3

Paul Lee has looked at the earlier book in this series from Dennis Oliver Publishing Group & Illustrator Stephen Andrew, and now it is time for the third book int he series "Panther and Jagdpanther Units, The Eastern Front – From Operation Bagration to Berlin Part 3" - see what was inside & what Paul thought after he read the book in his review...

Read n' Reviewed: Panther: Panther and Jagdpanther Units, The Eastern Front – From Operation Bagration to Berlin Part 3 
Authors: Dennis Oliver and Illustrated by Stephen Andrew 
ISBN: 9780987601384 
Softcover 33 Pages A4 Portrait 
Available from Bookworld Publishing 
Dennis Oliver and Stephen Andrew continue their “biography” of the Panther and Jagdpanther and reaches its conclusion in Part 3 covering the winter and spring of 1945. While it is a case of more or less the same, that’s not necessarily a bad thing since the previous parts were very well researched and written.  
The inside cover serves as the contents page and an introduction describes the strategic situation of the German Army in 1945 with the various units facing the Soviet onslaught and the actions that occurred.  
The first chapter covers the named units of the Heer which details the various combat histories of units such as the Panzergrenadier Division Grossdeutschland, Brandenburg, Kurmark, Feldherrnhalle 1 and 2, just to name a few.  
Chapter 2 covers the Independent Panzer Brigades which was Hitler’s response to try and create units capable of countering deep penetrations of the Soviet advance into German territory. The units were numbered from 101 to 110 and each of them are covered.  
Chapter 3 covers Panther battalions of the Waffen SS, as like the chapters before goes into the combat history of each SS unit equipped with the Panther tank.  

Sixteen profiles are shown with fourteen of them being Panthers and the other two being Jagdpanthers. The profiles are reflective of the timeframe and starts off with some whitewashed vehicles followed by vehicles in their various camouflage schemes.  
Uniform profiles are again drawn by Stephen Andrew, who has drawn the other great uniform profiles in this series of three and some of the other books for Oliver Publishing and his own book. These are also reflective of the time period with the uniforms illustrated geared towards spring but mostly black or field grey with some examples of camouflage.  
The final section covers the Fallschirmjager of the Panzer Division Hermann Goring, and once again giving good information on the combat history of the unit, with a uniform profile of an NCO wearing a black top with field grey pants, reflective of the mix and match nature of that period of the war.  
Another excellent addition, to what should be a conclusion to the story of the Panther on the Eastern Front and definitely a worthwhile read for any Panther lover. 
While it is the conclusion to the Eastern Front, I would definitely like to see a similar story covering the Panther on the Western and Italian Fronts.  

Highly recommended 

Paul Lee 

Thanks to Bookworld Wholesale for sending this book to read and review.