Mittlerer Zugkraftwagen 5t
With all the reference material I have acquired on various vehicles, this is my first introduction to the Camera ON series. As of this review, there are 5 volumes including this one; all of which appear to be excellent. The Camera ON series is published by STRATUS out of Poland and looks to be very promising with the design, layout and construction of these books looking top notch.
The Sonderkraftfahrzeug Mittlerer Zugkraftwagen series of German half-tracks were the backbone of tracked transportation for the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS and the Luftwaffe throughout WW2. However, the German military used the Sd.Kfz series of half-tracks for personnel carriers, engineering roles and anti-tank and aircraft roles. Bussing-NAG was the main manufacturer of the Sd.Kfz. 6 (5t) while Daimler-Benz was involved to a smaller extent with Bussing-NAG in producing a small number of developmental vehicles. In total, Bussing-NAG produced between of 3500-3800 of the various Sd.Kfz 6 versions, with production ceasing in November 1943. The Sd.Kfz. 6 was designed to be the prime mover for the 10.5 cm leFH 18 howitzer, but like most German armor and half-tracks, as the war progressed, more uses were discovered. The Sd.Kfz. 6 (5t) family had three variants; Sd.kfz. 6/1 - standard personnel carrier used in various transport and engineering roles; Sd.Kfz. 6/2 - mounted 3.7 cm Flak 36; Sd.Kfz. 6/3 - mounted Russian 76 mm (F-22) gun and a basic superstructure of which only approximately 9 were produced. The 6/3 variant may be more widely known to armor modelers as the half-track 'Diana' shown pictured with the Afrika Korps.
The author provides photographs of the Sd.Kfz. 6 5t half-track from its early beginnings before the war up to and including wartime use with many photographs I've never seen published anywhere before. The reason being is the author gathered photographs from the private collections of soldiers. Despite these photographs not being taken by engineer or signal corps 'professional' photographers, many of these picture are clear, showing great details of various Sd.Kfz. 6's in a variety of settings that is sure to keep the attention of the reader and certainly the modeler. The author provides a 2 page introduction to the Sd.Kfz. 6 history which is prefaced by a paragraph from the author explaining his intent with the this series. In addition, each photo in this book includes a brief, but informative description of the pictured vehicle, complete with interesting details.
Dimensions: 8.3 x 11.7 inches
Page Count: 80 pages
Picture Count: 120 black and white pictures and illustrations
Size & Version Comparison Chart: 4 (Halftrack Wheels Comparison Guide, p.77; Front View Comparison, p.78; Rear View Comparison, p.79; Size Comparison Guide, p.80)
Chapters: Early Versions; BN (DB) 1 8 version;
BN 9 version; Sd.Kfz. 6/2 w/37 cm Flak 36 version
NOTE: BN - Bussing-NAG; DB - Daimler-Benz
The author organizes the book by providing photos of Sd.Kfz.6 half-tracks manufactured by Bussing-NAG and those produced alongside Daimler-Benz.
Many of the photos would make great ideas for dioramas and vignettes.
A section of some photos of the Sd.Kfz. 6 produced by Bussing-NAG and Daimler Benz
In this section, the author presents a series of wartime photos of the Bussing-NAG version of the Sd.Kfz. 6., each photo with it's own caption providing additional information on that particular version and highlighting various details.
All that mud. Perhaps an upcoming AMPS Show theme may be "Mud, and more mud?"
The author would be remiss if he didn't include everyone's favorite; the Sd.Kfz. 6 with mounted 3.7 cm Flak 36. Okay, well maybe German armor vehicles mounting flak guns fans.
The author includes various one-page guides to help identify changes in various items on various versions. For the German softskin modelers, historians and all around military historians, this volume and series is a 'must have' in the reference library. The author provides a great value for the money with the inclusion of so many era photographs and the bonus of several drawings to show comparison between versions.
Comparison view of the front end of Sd.Kfz.s 6,7,8,9 10 and 11
Rear view of Sd.Kfz.s 6,7,8,9 10 and 11
A rear bonus for the German half-track fan; side view line drawings of the 6 Sd.Kfz. versions
For the German soft skin modelers, historians and all around military enthusiast, this volume and the proceeding volumes in this series is a 'must have' for the reference library. The author provides a great value for the money with the inclusion of so many never before published photographs from private collections, coupled with the added bonus of a line drawing showing comparison between versions and actual photos of front and rear details of each version for easy identification.
Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.
Thanks goes out to Casemate Publishing for this review kit.
Reviewed by Chuck Willis
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