German Panzers 1914–18 (New Vanguard) (Paperback)

German Panzers 1914–18 (New Vanguard) By Steven J. Zaloga, Brian Delf (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Steven J. Zaloga, Brian Delf (Illustrator)
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This is book number 127 in the New Vanguard series.


Panzer warfare is synonymous with the Wehrmacht of World War II. This book examines the story of the Panzer's more mysterious ancestors, the little-known panzers of the Great War. Germany was very slow to develop armored vehicles compared to Britain and France. Early attempts such as the Marienwagen of 1915 were technical failures, discouraging further design efforts until the utility of the tank was proven by the British and French in 1916-17. Efforts to catch-up proved difficult, and only a couple dozen German A7V tanks were completed in time to take part in the final campaigns of 1918. As a result, the majority of German panzer units actually used captured British tanks, the Beutepanzer. This book will trace the development of German panzers of the Great War, including the A7V and its intended but unfinished stablemates. Also included will be an overview of the use of panzers by the German Army in World War I including both A7V and Beutepanzer units.

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About the Author

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for three decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and history, including NVG 294 Allied Tanks in Normandy 1944 and NVG 283 American Guided Missiles of World War II. He currently lives in Maryland, USA.

BRIAN DELF began his career producing artwork for advertising and commercial publications. Since 1972, he has worked as a freelance illustrator on a variety of subjects, and books which he has illustrated have been published in more than 30 countries.

Praise For…

“German Panzers for everyone, right from the armchair historian's requirements of a lesser amount of information/data, up to the more serious historical types looking for a good grounding on the subject. WW1 model builders will find the background information useful and Steven Zaloga gets the information (and more than an opinion or two) across without the reader becoming bogged down in the quagmire that is symptomatic with WW1 reading.” —Eric Bass, Armorama (September 2006)

“An outstanding survey of struggles and technology... a top pock for specialized military holdings.” —California Bookwatch

“[Stephen Zaloga] has taken his usual balanced and thorough approach to the subject, with the end product being a completely refreshing and well-detailed look at the development of AFVs by Germany during the Great War.” —Frank De Sisto,

Product Details
ISBN: 9781841769455
ISBN-10: 1841769452
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: October 31st, 2006
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: New Vanguard