“Carrying on from where Bill left off with the acclaimed “Last of the Panzers” published in 1984, Panzerwrecks is a series of books about destroyed, surrendered and abandoned German tanks and vehicles from 1944-45. Each landscape volume contains over 100 large format rare and unpublished black and white photographs most of which are printed at 260x170mm or larger onto high quality 128gsm art paper.”
This book feels like a quality product even before you open to look at the large well-printed photographs inside. As the Authors’ say on their website, the pages are high quality paper, which shows off the photographs beautifully, and let’s face it, the photographs are what this book is all about.
The inside front cover gives a short history of the book, and notes that many of the picture were taken by ordinary servicemen, and were not included in the book because of their technical excellence, but because they are likely to interest the reader with their historical value. Notwithstanding the fact that most of the photographs may have indeed been taken by amateur photographers, many of them are excellent, and bear close study purely as a record of past events. However, for the modeller these photographs offer ideas. As I browsed through the pages, I could not help but see the possibilities for models I already have, and are yet to be built, as well as for those I don’t yet have!
All Photographs are in black & white, nearly all pages contain just one image, with all images being captioned, the vehicle being identified if possible, along with unit etc. where known. There are 96 pages with over 100 images which, according to the authors, are mostly previously unpublished. I certainly cannot recall seeing any of these images elsewhere.
A quality publication. Loads of images that cannot be seen anywhere else, that will inspire you to get back to building your models, in an effort to reproduce some of the real wrecks pictured in this book.
A beautifully presented collection of photographs, to give every WWII modeller, ideas for that next ‘knock out’ diorama.