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Ferdinand and Elefant Tank Destroyer.

Ferdinand and Elefant Tank Destroyer.

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This is a weighty book dealing with a weighty subject and the author tackles it extremely well. In 250 pages he covers the design and development of these vehicles and their service in combat from Normandy to Russia and into the heart of Berlin in May 1945. Everything is covered, including the variants of the vehicles and other designs they influenced. Units which used these vehicles are mentioned in the main text and the Italian campaign makes for particularly interesting reading.

An excellent range of illustrations, charts and schematics including numbers produced make this a very good reference work. It shows how the Germans were every bit as inventive as the Allies were when it came to specialist vehicles. And whilst cut-away line drawings are useful, in this case there was no need of them because the illustrations and text explain everything perfectly.

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