Review Nuts & Bolts Vol.37 Jagdpanzer IV Part 1: L/48 (Sd.Kfz. 162)

Nuts & Bolts Vol.37 Jagdpanzer IV Part 1: L/48 (Sd.Kfz. 162)

This volume includes the early versions of Panzerjäger IV chassis No. V2 to the leichte Panzerjäger IV with the 7.5 cm Pak 39 L/48. Together with Volume 38, which is devoted to the VOMAG and ALKETT versions with the 7.5 cm Pak 42 L/70 and the Einheitsfahr- gestell, all versions of this formidable vehicle will be included to the standard of information that readers of this series have become used to.

This “tank” first designed 1942 on an order of the Heereswaffenamt to VOMAG and first introduced in 1944 was basically a new successor to the Sturmgeschütz. There was a considerable effort by the General der Artillerie for the retention of the designation “Sturmgeschütz”. Guderian battled and won his case for the issuing of the tanks to the Panzerjäger units of the Panzer-Divisions. Despite the inexperienced Panzerjäger units the Jagdpanzer IV became a very worthy adversary against the Allies Armoured opposition.

Book details:

  • by Joachim Baschin, Martin Block
  • published on November 18, 2016
  • soft cover
  • German & English texts
  • 180 pages
  • 368 photos (152 historic, 23 model, 193 modern)
  • 36 blueprints
  • 16 camouflage schemes, tactical markings, table of organsisation (KStN)
  • only 29.90€
  • Available from Nuts & Bolts website.

The book follows the same format as usual. The texts are in English and German with the English texts on the left of the page and the German on the right. All images and photographs have captions in both languages. The English translation is excellent. Now, let’s take a look inside the book to see what we get.

There is a table of contents which lists all the various sections of the book, as below.

  • Historical and development p3
  • Organisation & Structure of anti tank units p13
  • History of units p19
  • Further Projects p42
  • Camouflage and Markings p42
  • Summary p43
  • Modelling the Jagdpanzer p44
  • Acknowledgements & Bibliography pp46/47
  • Contemporary Photos  p49
  • Drawings p96
  • Colour Profiles p112
  • Preserved Vehicles and components p120
  • Modelling p176

The first 10 pages go over the development of the vehicle and include a technical description as well. The production is also covered and the changes that were made during the production too so you can make an educated guess about when a vehicle was produced from a photograph. The Organisation & Structure section shows how many Jagdpanzer were in a platoon and company and what other vehicles they had. This section also briefly describes the tactics used with these vehicles. Next up are short unit histories for the units that used the Jagdpanzer IV giving when they received vehicles and how many they had left at various times, up to the end of the war. At the end of this section is a handy table that shows who received how many vehicles and when. Then there are a few short articles and a couple of [pages on modelling the vehicle with a handy list of all the kits and aftermarket sets currently available.

Next up is one of the larger sections of the book, a total of about 123 black and white period photos over 47 pages. This starts with the wooden mockup and ends with a vehicle in a parade in Damascus, Syria after the war. All the captions for the photos are very informative.

After this section comes 31 blueprints in 1/35 scale . These are an excellent resource when building a model. There are also details of the side skirt holders, radiator cover plates and radio wiring and antennae. There then follows 14 colour profiles, each with an accompany small black and white period photo on which it was based. The small black & white photos are shown larger in the black & white photo section of the book.

Next we have the other large section of the book, 193 colour photos of vehicles in museums. This section is also very hand for modellers as it gives a lot of close up and interior details. Every aspect of the vehicle is covered from engines and gearboxes to radios, small arms and optical equipment. Finally the book finishes with an overview of some kits built by Tony Greenland.

Conclusion
This volume is up to the usual high standards of this series. If you’re building a model of the Jagdpanzer IV L/48 then this is the only reference volume you need.

Many thanks to Nuts & Bolts for the review sample.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International
Scifiantasy

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