THOMAS Paul: German Reconnaissance and Support Vehicles 1939–1945
Images of War
Englisch, 144 Seiten, über 200 s/w-Abbildungen, broschürt
The Wehrmacht used reconnaissance and support vehicles widely in the Second World War and this book sets out to show the full range of both categories using over 200 rare images and descriptive text and captions in true Images of War Series fashion.
Both tracked and wheeled vehicles were employed for reconnaissance and screening. These included light tanks mainly comprising of the Pz.Kpfw.I, armoured cars such as the six and eight wheeler Sd.Kfz.231,232,233,234 and its variants, 263, the Sd.Kfz.221,222,223,234 and 247, motorcycles such as the famous BMW R75, the Zundapp KS750. In addition to their recce role they would, when possible, engage similar or light units.
Support vehicles such as the tracked Sd.Kfz.2 Kettenkrad, and the renowned Sd.Kfz.251 halftracks were used in the follow-up role, frequently with mounted grenadiers to mop up over-run enemy positions.
The book fills a gap by outlining the full range of such equipment including the variety of armaments and power plants, and the crews that performed these missions.
Paul Thomas is a previously published author and collector of 2nd World War photographic images. He lives at Braintree.