His selection of previously unpublished wartime photographs provides a visual record of the armored forces thrown into action by Hitler’s allies on the Eastern Front from 1941 to 1945. Illustrated here are the panzers deployed by Bulgaria, Finland, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy and Romania on the Eastern Front and in the Balkans. Hungary’s homemade armor included the Toldi and Turán tanks and Zrínyi self-propelled guns. The Italians produced CV-33 tankettes, Semovente self-propelled guns, Autoblinda and Lancia armored cars and a series of tanks. Romanian and Czech tanks and assault guns were also deployed.
Anthony Tucker-Jones’s photographic survey of these little known and underrated military vehicles will be fascinating reading, and a useful source of reference, for everyone who is interested in the history of armored and mechanized warfare.
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Table of Contents
Photograph Sources 11
Chapter 1 King Boris's Bulgarian Panzers 12
Chapter 2 Hitler's Czech Mates 24
Chapter 3 Mannerheim's Recycled Finnish Tanks 35
Chapter 4 Horthy's Hungarian Horrors 46
Chapter 5 Mussolini's Italian L6 Goes to Russia 57
Chapter 6 Antonescu's Romanian Armour 66
Chapter 7 Fast Slovaks on the Steppes 80
Chapter 8 Franco's Fighting Spaniards 90
Chapter 9 Hitler's Ukrainian Nazis 104