Panzer IV

Panzer IV

General Military
  • Author: Thomas Anderson
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 21 Jan 2021
  • Number of Pages: 304
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The Panzer IV programme was started in 1934, forming, alongside the Panzer IIs and IIIs, the schnellen Truppen, the force that was to become the Panzerwaffe. At first, German planners envisioned the tank in a secondary role, but during the invasions of The Low Countries and France, it took on a more central role.

When the Panzerwaffe turned east to attack the Soviet Union, the Panzer IV initially fared poorly against the better-armed T-34. However, upgrades to its gun and armour protection saw it perform far better, not only against Soviet armour but also against British and American tanks in North Africa and Italy. In 1944, it was slowly replaced by the Panzer V Panther, but the dire strategic situation meant that it bore the brunt of the Allied D-Day invasion and its aftermath, and it remained in service until the end of the war.

Fully illustrated throughout with contemporary photographs, this fascinating study from German armour expert Thomas Anderson tells the complete story of Germany's most widely produced tank of World War II, from its design and development to its many upgrades and variants.

Biographical Note

A German national, Thomas Anderson is a specialist in the German armoured fighting vehicles of World War II. He has spent decades trawling through archives in the USA, Germany and the rest of Europe to discover little-known facts and previously unpublished photographs of the might of the Panzerwaffe. A modeller himself, he regularly contributes to popular modelling and historical magazines across the globe, including Military Modelcraft International (UK), Steel Art (Italy), Historia Militar (Spain) and Batailles & Blindes (France) as well as many others. He lives in Lower Saxony, Germany.


Chapter 1: Origins
Chapter 2: 1936-1938 The Panzertruppe
Chapter 3: 1939 - Fall Weiss
Chapter 4: 1940 - Fall Gelb
Chapter 5: After the Fall of France
Chapter 6: 1941 - The Balkans
Chapter 7: 1941 - North Africa
Chapter 8: 1941 - Barbarossa
Chapter 9: 1942 - Langrohr
Chapter 10: 1943
Chapter 11: 1944 - Technical Progress
Chapter 12: Afterword

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