Panzer IV Ausf. H and Ausf. J (vol. II), by Lukasz Gladysiak and Samir Karmieh

Panzer IV Ausf. H and Ausf. J (vol. II), by Lukasz Gladysiak and Samir Karmieh

Published by Kagero in 2016, 112 pages. Large A4 size softback (N7752)

Brand New Book

From the introduction: We proudly offer you the second part of the book devoted to the primary medium tanks of the German army during the Second World War - Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. Hand Panzerkarnpfwagen IV Ausf. J. As in the first volume the development history of these vehicles was shown, this issue focuses primarily on their combat employment. For as much as possible to present the battle-possibilities of both versions, we decided to introduce a series of episodes from all fronts ranging from the famous Battle of Kursk and the Italian Campaign. It is worth noting that the content includes episodes that have not yet been widely reported, especially related to the Germany's defensive fights in 1945.

This book has been enriched with color silhouettes of authentic vehicles used by Panzerwaffe as well as its oponents, three-dimensional visualizations, anda set of unique archival captions. Part of the content is devoted to the Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. J found in 2011 near Kluczewo in the vicinity Stargard Szczeciriski (Poland), which is currently undergoing renova­tion in the Museum of the Polish Arms in Kolobrzeg. The tank had been deployed to SS Panzer-Regiment 10 of the 10. SS Panzer-Division Frundsberg and destroyed in the beginning of 1945.

Writing this book would have been impossible without the help of many people including museum curators, collec­tors, historians and military enthusiasts, to whom authors is indebted. In particular we would like to thank Mr. Maciej Wyszkowski from Pilchowo (West Pomerania), who shared with us his knowledge on Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. J tanks produced in the las weeks of the Third Reich and Ph.D. Michal Krzyzaniak from Poznari. Special acknowledgements go to Director of the Museum of Polish Arms, Mr. Aleksander Ostasz and the specialist of archiving and digitalization of this institution, Mr. Radoslaw Horanin who have provided extensive material related to Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. J from Kluczewo.