• Le III./Zerstörergeschwader 26 – 1939/1944. NEUAUFLAGE!

    It may seem surprising in the context of an air unit history to detach a group from its squadron. However, the III./ZG 26, which started the Second World War on Bf 109, had a very independent career. Having received twin BF 110s during the Funny War, the unit was largely engaged in 1940 in the west and on England. Released at the end of 1940, like all Zerstörer groups, the III./ZG 26 was sent to the Mediterranean in early 1941, where his heavy fighters mainly supported the advance of the Afrika Korps while escorting ships supplying the German Army. Africa. In 1943, after the fall of Tunisia and facing the numerical superiority of Allied aviation, the III./ZG 26 returned to Germany to be thrown into the bloody fighting of the Reichsverteidigung. The Bf 110 were decimated and the unit was dissolved in mid-44.
    With 380 photos and 28 color profiles.

  • Nuts & Bolts, Vol. 29: Raupenschlepper Ost RSO und Abarten

    With the revised section of Volume 9, published in 2010, we brought up to date the 7 ,5 cm Pak 40/4 auf gep. Selbstfahrlafette Raupenschlepper Ost RSO. This included new drawings, additional historical photos and text, and assisted those modelers who purchased the new Dragon kit 6640. However under 100 vehicles were produced, whilst it’s sisters the RSO/01 and /03 saw over 27,000 units manufactured. With a vast amount of information and Lutz Konetzny’s outstanding historical photos the team decided this was an essential addition to the series. With an outstanding historical section, supported by museum vehicles, scale drawing and accurate camouflage renditions we are confident that this will be one of our most popular issues. This issue should also be especially welcome for the AFV modeler, as Dragon have now released their RSO/01 & 03 kits.

  • Nuts & Bolts, Vol. 31: Marder II (SdKfZ 131)

    The Panzer-Jägers theme was always one of the major interest groups of the publishers. The Marder III series were a very important and interesting series which generated Volumes Vol. 15, 17, 18. We accepted at this time that it was also historically important to include the Marder II as it was one of the early and proficient tank hunters. However, we also appreciated that our readers were interested in other important German WWII ground equipment. We had decided that a further volume would follow in the Panzer-Jäger family on the important Marder II, but at a later date. To keep the series diversified we produced titles with different themes like Panzer-Artillerie and half-tracked transport etc. In the meantime we had received additional information/photos etc on earlier Panzer-Jäger vehicles and therefore we revised Vol. 9 on the armoured RSO and Vol. 23 on the Panzerjäger I, together with a new Vol. 24 on the Marder II based upon the Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. D & E.
    Now we are proud to present the new volume Vol. 31 concerning the Marder II (Sd.Kfz. 131) on the chassis of the Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. A-C & F:
    -approx. 365 photos, of those 190 b/w photos, mostly unpublished showing the Marder II during the war,
    155 coloured photos of four still existing vehicles in museums and
    20 photos of Master models from Tony Greenland and Vinnie Branigan
    40 pages text in German/English with six tables and two Kriegstärkenachweisungen, all photo captions in both languages
    10 pages of 32 scale drawings in 2D and 3D in 1:35 scale of all known variants and details by John Rue
    7 pages with 14 coloured camouflage schemes from original wartime photos of the Marder II and the different ammunition used with the 5 cm Pak 38 and 7,5 cm Pak 40 by Carlos de Diego Vaquerizo

  • Red Machines 2: SU-100 Self-Propelled Gun

    The Red Machines Series is devoted to the hardware of the Red Army. Each book offers in-depth information, much of it new to the west, as well as a large number of photos, of which most are unpublished. Each book includes blueprints, drawings, colour profiles and data tables, to describe the development and production variants of each vehicle.
    The SU-100 was the Red Army’s most powerful medium tank destroyer of World War 2 and was developed for anti-tank fire support to the T-34-85 in the same way as the SU-85 had complemented the original T-34. As with the SU-85 before it, the SU-100 was delayed in entering service. Although introduced late in the war, the SU-100 was heavily engaged in the final push into the Axis countries, with major combat engagements in Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and in the assault on Berlin. The SU-100 proved a particularly potent Zveroboi or animal hunter in that it could easily dispatch Tiger, King Tiger and Panther tanks at medium range. The vehicle had no secondary armament, however, and proved vulnerable when engaged in close fighting without infantry support as occurred during some of these late war battles.
    About 300 photos as well as 6 colour profiles.

  • Schlachtschiff Tirpitz, Vol. 1: The beast is born. Bau und Aus- bildung (1936/Oktober – 1941/Mai)

    This first volume of a series addresses both building and fitting-out of the largest and most powerful European battleship of WWII. For this purpose, hitherto unpublished photographic material in high quality and quantity illustrates the life of this once proud and mighty warship.
    After years of research and the evaluation of historic documents – such as the numerous war diaries of ships and other administrative bodies involved – nearly the entire range of photos could be associated to certain locations and their frames. Therefore the photos are chronologically arranged as if viewed in a time-lapse, from the ship’s launch in Wilhelmshaven, its fitting-out and transfer to the Baltic Sea via the narrow Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal (Kiel Canal) and Hitler’s visit and inspection of the ship in Gdynia (renamed Gotenhafen by the occupying Germans).
    The photos are supplemented by detailed technical information and perspective illustrations depicting individual stages of fitting-out and camouflage scheme, plus maps showing the Wilhelmshaven and Gotenhafen port facilities and transfer routes in between. Furthermore, photos of past and present are shown side-by-side for comparison purposes in order to identify the individual berths and anchorages of the largest German battleship in service.
    Despite having been a German warship, the battleship TIRPITZ – and of course her famous sistership BISMARCK – still receives worldwide attention today. For this reason German text and captions are accompanied by their respective English translations to make this historic period of German Kriegsmarine linguistically applicabel to non-German readers.
    274 b/w pictures, 11 original color pictures, 27 color pictures of today, maps of the port facilities as well as 12 pages with renders/computer-animated color drawings.

  • Schlachtschiff Tirpitz, Vol. 4: Against the Allied Convoys u.a. Operation Rösselsprung 1942 / Juli – 1943 / März

    This fourth volume mainly concentrates on the largest sortie of the TIRPITZ during the summer of 1942, her deployment against the Allied convoy PQ17 in operation Rösselsprung. Both the high quality and quantity of the hitherto unpublished photo material illustrate the life of this largest German warship. After years of research spent on evaluating historic documents such as the war diaries and after finding the locations associated to the diary entries, it has been possible to allocate almost the entire range of photos to certain locations and time frames. It is again possible to view history in its chronological order – from moving out of Trondheimfjord through Gimsøystraumen into Kaafjord in northern Norway. After another failure of a German undertaking in the Arctic Ocean, the task force eventually was transferred to Bogen where the TIRPITZ kept the Allied convoys in constant state of high alarm, merely as a result of her presence. In autumn 1942 the ship should return to Germany for overhauling. Despite this, Hitler ordered the ship to stay in Norway, hence several repairs had to be carried out in Lofjord, before returning to Bogen Bay in March 1943. Despite having been a German warship, the TIRPITZ – and her famous sistership, the BISMARCK – still receives strong worldwide attention today.
    For this reason the German texts and captions are accompanied by their respective English translations to make this historic period of the German Kriegsmarine linguistically accessible to non-German readers. All of this is supplemented by detailed technical information and projections depicting the individual stages of fitting-out, the camouflage patterns of the warship as well as the operation routes. Furthermore, photos of past and present are shown side-by-side for comparison purposes in order to identify the sceneries that have not changed much until today.
    476 mostly unpublished photos, perspective representations of the fitting-out stages and the camouflage schemes of the battleship, historical maps of port facilities, maps of the ship’s movements.
    476 mostly unpublished photos, perspective representations of the fitting-out stages and the camouflage schemes of the battleship, historical maps of port facilities, maps of the ship’s movements.

  • Tiere in Uniform. Tierische Helfer und Ihre Ausrüstung bis 1945

    Animals have been companions of humans since time immemorial as farm animals, protectors and friends. In the history of animals, many have been used for military use. In this book, Barbara Maiwald documents the use of animals in the German armed forces from the end of the 19th century to 1945.
    Structured according to the most important animal species, it describes their tasks in the military (in combat, as a draught animal, in reconnaissance and reporting, etc.) as well as their necessary equipment. It also explains the important function of animals in raising troop morale.
    With 180 pictures (also some of them in colour (from nowadys), showing the equipment of the animals).