Hungarian Armoured Forces in WWII...

...PhotoSniper No.26, new from Kagero, via Casemate Books

Title:  Photsniper 26, Hungarian Armoured Forces in WWII

Author: Peter Mujzer

Publisher:  Kagero

ISBN:  978-83-65437-65-5

Number 26 in their Photosniper series, this new 112 page softcover book from Kagero is on a very welcome topic.  They fought on the Eastern Front in WW2, on the side of Germany.  They also fielded a number of Hungarian built armoured vehicles, alongside others acquired from other sources, especially from Germany.

The text makes for some interesting reading, from the background of the results of being on the losing side in WW1 and the penalties imposed by the Treaty of Trianon.  Rather like Germany, Hungary didn't like that and their ways round it are explained.  They went on to built some armoured vehicles of their own and these are all included.  There is the historical story of the operations and units of rhte Hungarian Army during the course of WW2, and the vehicles which those units operated.

The vehicles featured do include armoured trains as well as the more numerous AFVs.  These include the Csaba armoured cars, the Toldi Light tank and the SP AA Nimrod variant, along with the Turan 1 and II Medium tanks, plus the Zrinyi SP guns built on the same chassis.  As well as the detailed text information, the book is well illustrated throughout with lots of archive photos, most of which I had not seen before.  It gives the numbers that were built along with information on camouflage and markings.  This is then followed up with 11 pages of scale drawings, then 6 pages filled with archive photos which have been 'colourised', and these are very well done indeed.  Everything is rounded off with 9 pages filled with some fine colour profiles.

So there is lots in here for the WW2 historian, tackling a topic which is perhaps less well known.  For the modeller this is ideal, as there are good kits available in both 1/72 (from IBG) and 1/35 (from Bronco Models) so I am sure this will attract many armour modellers as something that little bit different and with plenty of kits on the market to work with.  Definitely recommended. 

Distributed by Casemate Books, who kindly provided my review copy.

Robin