Panzerknacker...

...from Kagero, via Casemate

Title:  Panzerknacker

Author: Massimiliano Afiero

Publisher:  Kagero

ISBN:  978-83-66148-26-0

New from Kagero, a comprehensive look at German infantry anti-tank weapons. Mainly the variants of the Panzerfaust and the Panzerschreck along with others which were used for close-in combat.
An A4 format 96-page soft-cover book which adds some particularly interesting elements to the details/story of these weapons in combat in WW2. Let me say at the outset that the book is highly illustrated throughout, with not only archive combat photos but with appropriate diagrams and one section with lots of individual portrait shots of the many members of the Waffen-SS who were awarded the coveted close-combat badge for having knocked out one or more tanks at close-quarters. After the opening pages which provide the background to these weapons it goes on to cover the use of anti-tank rifles, followed by the different variants of the Panzerfaust, then on to the Panzerschreck. Details of their designs and then the Tactics for their use in combat. That leads on to the explanation of the Tank Destruction Badge and into the list of Waffen-SS troops who were awarded the Tank Destruction badge, in silver or gold. The two final sections of the book give us copies of pages of original German WW2 manuals, alongside their complete English translations. These include the Instruction Sheet for the Panzerfaust 60M and the second a booklet 'The Panzerknacker', issued for any troops so they understand how to fight tanks, and the techniques they could use to be awarded the Tank Destruction Badge.
Lots of detail in here for the WW2/armour historian, the re-enactor and the modeller alike. I'm very happy to recommend this one.
 

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

Robin