...an Essential Vehicle Identification Guide
Title: Wehrmacht Panzer-Grenadier Divisions, 1939-1945
Author: Chris Bishop
Publisher: Amber Books
A clear companion to the sister title covering the Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions, this one looks at the Panzergrenadier divisions over the same period. It aims to cover all the unit histories and the various vehicle types they employed during WW2. Chapter 1 deals with the early motorised divisions, effectively just Infantry Divisions that were motorised rather than relying solely on horsedrawn transport. These are 2nd, 3rd, 10th, 13th and 14th Infantry Divisions.
Chapter 2 moves on to cover wartime Motorised divisions, with Grossdeutchland, Fuhrer Begleit, Fuhrer Grenadier, Sizilian Panzergrenadier, Feldherrnhalle along with 15th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 25th, 29th, 36th and 60th Motorised Infantry Divisions.
Chapter 3 looks at 90th Leichte Afrika, 155th, 164th Leichte Afrika, 179th, 233rd, 345th, and 386th Infantry divisions, along with Brandengurg, Hermann Goring, 22nd Luftlande and Luftwaffe Fallschirmjager divisions.
As is usual with this series, each unit has a history, along with unit badges and order of battle, illustrated throughout with wartime photos and some quite excellent colour profiles. Each unit also breaks down into the different campaigns in which they fought, so France, Italy, Africa, Eastern Europe, North West Europe and finally within Germany itself are all catered for. The colour guides offer some excellent ideas for modellers and are well done, while vehicles are identified and some of the profiles used to build up illustrations of the make-up of the smaller sub-units for hte divisions at different times in the war.
I like these very readable, and well laid out books in this series. They give plenty of ideas and offer a good reference for all the Panzergrenadier divisions during WW2. A series of books that do well if they are on your reference shelf I suggest.
Thanks to Casemate Publishing, the distributors in the UK for our example, it is available now.
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