War Photographer 1.2
Publisher: Peko Publishing Kft.
8.5 x 12 paperback
78 black and white images
Publication date: 2020
2019 saw the launching by Peko Publishing of a series of books comprising selections of rare wartime photographs. Peko's first book in this series, "War Photographer 1.0", illustrates photos from an unidentified German Sturmartillerist of the Surmgeschutz-Abteilung 189. Then again in 2019 the second installment, "War Photographer 1.1" was published with photos from another unidentified German Sturmartillerist of the Sturmgeschutz-Abteilung 191.
Adding to this series, the third installment, "War Photographer 1.2" was released in 2020. This new book is divided into two main sections. The first section on pages 1-39 contains photos from the personal photo album of Oberleutnant d. R Peter Prien. The second section on pages 40-59 include a series of photographs of the 8.8cm Flak 18 on the Sd. Kfz. 8 half-tracks. All the photos are printed on glossy paper in A4 format covering 64 pages. The author incorporates captions with each image.
The book starts with an Introduction page including an image of Oberleutnant d. R Peter Prien with a short biography and a summary of his military career starting in January 1941 with Pz.Nachr.Abt.37, 1. Panzer-Division. Then as Führer of the Stabskompanie of Pz.Rgt.3 of 2.Panzer-Division at the end of his service.
Oberleutnant d. R Peter Prien
Next begins the photographic history of R. Peter Brien's career with a series of images of vehicles such as the Horch radio car, Marder, 8Rad 1 Serie, Tiger Ausf.E, Pz.Bef.Wg.III and others. The author describes in detail some specifics of elements seen in the images the reader may or may not see due to the quality of some of the images. Photos of soldiers in various uniforms posing in an array of settings all add to the use of this book as a reference for any modeler or figure painter.
The next section encompassing pages 40-59 depict images of the 8.8cm Flak 18 on the Sd.Kfz. 8 half-track chassis also known as the Bunkerflak used during the invasion of Poland and in France. Most of the images are on full page photo spreads and as before have captions with details about the vehicles. If the reader is not so acquainted with this rare vehicle, the book can provide a wealth of information. Not being familiar with this self-propelled artillery vehicle and while researching I found Trumpeter has a 1/35th scale kit, # 1585 available. An abundance of ideas and inspiration for constructing a vignette or diorama can be obtained while perusing the numerous pictures all set in settings from newly manufactured to burned out units during battle.
The author has included a multitude of images in this short 64-page book giving the reader an excellent overview of the military career of Oberleutnant d. R Peter Prien through his personal photographic collection of previously unpublished images. Additional, highly detailed photos of the 8.8cm Flak 18 on the Sd. Kfz. 8 half-tracks are included. Not only is this book an excellent reference, the author further expounds by adding tidbits of information in his image captions adding to the readers enlightenment.
Some of the images are clear, but a few considering the time frame and age of the photographs appear to be a little blurry. That said, the quality in those few blurry images doesn't deduct from the reading enjoyment.
For the military historian, German vehicle modeler or figure painter, considerable information can be acquired for reference or ideas. The diverse settings seen in the images allow the modeler numerous ideas for a diorama or vignette.
Highly Recommended for the Beginner to Advanced builders as an excellent resource.
Thanks goes out to Peko Publishing Kft. for this review copy.
Reviewed by Phil Cavender AMPS #3060
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