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Tanks of Hitler's Eastern Allies 1941-45

Steven J. Zaloga
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Osprey Publishing (2013)

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Tanks of Hitler's Eastern Allies 1941-45

New Vanguard 199

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48 pages. Eight pages of color plates. Recommendations for Further Reading. Index.

The 2+ pages of introduction inform the reader about Germany's troubled relations with its eastern allies, and how Germany industrial priorities left its allies with vulnerable "impoverished" armies on the Russian Front.

The book then deals with each of the allies individually, outlining the pre-war development of their armored forces, their involvement on the Russian Front, and upgrades to equipment during the course of the war. There is also coverage for Italian armored forces on the Russian Front, and armored forces manned by Soviet defectors.

The author's research includes material which has only been published since the fall of the Soviet Union. The book also includes information on painting schemes and markings.

For anyone interested in the more obscure vehicles of WWII, this book is a joy. Care to field a Finnish BT-42, or Stug with added log-and-concrete armor? Or Romanian TACAM R-2 tank destroyers, and R-35 Transformat tanks? You've heard of Hungarian Toldis and Turans, but what about Zrinyi assault guns, M3 Lees in Hungarian service, and Hungarian-crewed Tigers!

Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian.