Kozitsyn Vyacheslav Publishing- Osfront Panzers- Last year of War
Author: Alexander Tomzov, Aleksey Nechaev, Victor Ukhov, Sergey Malina
Dimensions: 29.7 x 21 cm
Paperback, 96 pages with 130 black and white photographs and color drawings
Publisher Website: https://kvpublishing.com/products/1
What's inside is a real treat from a new publisher from Russia. If this book looks familiar to those who have come to grow to love the Panzerwrecks series, there is a reason as these talented folks have worked on the series prior to branching off to form this new company. This is the first book of the Ostfront Series and features many interesting photos from Russian archives. Each of the photos includes descriptive captions written in English. The text from translated from the publisher Vyacheslav Kozitsyn as well as Panzerwreck's own Lee Archer.
The book content is separated by various regions from the late war:
- Poland and Danzig
- Self-propelled guns in East Prussia
- Stettin area
- The advance into Germany
- Picturesque Austria
- The end of the war in Czechoslovakia
The photos are quite clear-- although in some instances they are just a bit dark- but that is probably due to the age of the photos used. Regardless of this small little things, the reader is treated to some excellent detailed photos-- enough so that I had a very difficult time narrowing down what to include here. Here is a list from the publisher's website of vehicles featured in this volume:
Bef.Pz IV Ausf.J
Beob.Pz IV Ausf.J
Marder III Ausf.M
Panther Ausf.G with IR equipment
Panzerspähwagen Humber (e)
660 mit 8.8cm FlaK 36
Sturmgeschütz III Ausf.G
Waffentrager 8.8cm PaK 43 L/71
Jagdpanzer 38 (t)
Modernized Pz.I Ausf.B
This series shares an excellent feature that one has come to appreciate in the Panzerwrecks series-- color drawings of the photos in one case, some scattered QR codes which bring one to Google Maps coordinates of where the war photo was taken, and in some cases where they are present, small color icons of tactical symbols that were on the indicated vehicles. There is only one color profile in the book-- which leaves one wanting more as it is really quite good quality.
This is an awesome debut issue from this new publisher and is chock full of the photographs that fans of the Panzerwrecks series have come to appreciate. One of what I hope are many more to come, the book fits quite nicely in with anyone who is fascinated with German armor in the East through the various regions that saw battle in the late war. Anyone looking to recreate an interesting or out of the ordinary vignette or diorama will be pleased with all this book has to offer. If you are looking to purchase the book, it is only available at present direct from the publisher's website-- linked above or with the QR code on the photo below...but should soon be available at your local shop hopefully.
Highly Recommended for those interested in late war Axis vehicles and armor.
Thanks goes out to Kozitsyn Vyacheslav Publishing for this review sample.
Reviewed by Michael Reeves, AMPS Albany
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