The book shows how the Panzer IV evolved and describes how the Germans carefully utilized all available reserves and resources into building numerous variants that went into production and saw action on the battlefield. It depicts how these formidable tanks were adapted and up-gunned to face the ever increasing enemy threat.
Between 1936 and 1945, over 8,000 Panzer IV’s were built. For most of the war this tank was a match for its opponents’ heavy tanks and quickly and effectively demonstrated its superiority on the battlefield.
The Panzer IV was the only German tank to remain in production during the war. Its chassis was converted into more models than any other Panzers that entered service. As well as the various prototype projects and command tanks, observation vehicles, ammunition carriers, recovery vehicles, amphibious armored ferry vehicles that saw service, the book will show a multiple of converted anti-tank propelled vehicles.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Blitzkrieg, 1939-1941 5
Chapter 2 Barbarossa, 1941 19
Chapter 3 Russia, 1943-1943 52
Chapter 4 Russian and Western Front, 1943-1944 66
Chapter 5 Last Year of Operations, 1944-1945 89
Appendix: Panzer Camouflage and Panzer IV Variants 134