German Heavy Fighting Vehicles of the Second World War: From Tiger to E-100

Author(s): Kenneth W. Estes 

ISBN: 9781781556467
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This comparative study reveals interesting details of the largest German tanks and assault guns, now confirmed by current restorations.
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  • A balanced treatment of a variety of unique designs that responded to military requirements of their day

  • Many previously unpublished photographs and images

  • Interesting examples of battle damage

  • Incorporates for the first time details of current and ongoing restorations of these vehicles

  • Of much interest to the military historian, modeller and video-gamer such as War Thunder and World of Tanks

The German Army faced tanks of superior size, armour and firepower from the outset of the Second World War.

Although their Panzerwaffen handled the Polish campaign, war with France meant confronting superior heavy and medium tanks like the Char B and Somua, with 47-mm high-velocity cannon that penetrated German armour with ease.

Even greater challenges emerged with the Russo-German War, for the Germans had no initial answer to the KV-1 heavy tank and T-34 medium. The successive technical shocks of superior tanks introduced by each side produced a gun-armour race that continued in some manner even after the war’s end.

The Germans placed a premium on technological quality and superiority over mass production, for which their industry remained unsuited. Not satisfied with the advantage they obtained with the Tiger and Panther tanks, the Army and Hitler pushed for larger and more powerful tanks.

The heavy tanks and assault guns developed and fielded by Germany continue to capture interest among modellers, military history enthusiasts and the armed forces.

BOOK ISBN 9781781556467
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 208 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 1 February 2018
ILLUSTRATIONS 114 black-and-white and 23 colour photographs



Kenneth W. Estes is a 1969 Naval Academy graduate and tank officer who served in the U.S. Marine Corps until his retirement in 1993. He earned his doctorate in European History in 1984 and has taught at Duke University, the US Naval Academy, and overseas. He is the author and editor of over a dozen books, and has written extensively in military and academic journals throughout his career. Estes was made an Honorary Legionnaire in the Spanish Legion in 1992 and The American Historical Association awarded him a Gutenberg-e Prize in 2002.