- One of the few books that explores the design and deployment of German artillery self-propelled guns (SPGs) to support tanks and infantry during the Second World War
- A great reference book for military modellers, historians and tank wargamers interested in German SPGs
- A comprehensive guide to German SPGs between 1939 and 1945 in one volume for the very first time, including previously unpublished information on the little-known Hummel-Wespe proving that at least twelve units were built
- Authentic camouflage suggestions for military modellers
A single towed artillery gun required a team of six horses and nine men.
During the Second World War, German engineers mounted an artillery gun on top of a tank chassis; this new technology reduced the amount of valuable war resources as self-propelled guns only required a four- or five-man crew. They could also be made ready to fire more rapidly. German Self-Propelled Artillery Guns of the Second World War
covers the development and use of this new weapon between 1939 and 1945. One type was successfully deployed in the invasion of France in 1940 and more were used on the Eastern Front against Soviet forces from 1941 until the end of the war.
The ‘Desert Fox’ (Ewin Rommel) demanded artillery guns that could keep up with his panzers in North Africa. He was sent 15-cm howitzers mounted on top of Panzer II tank chassis’ and captured French Army Lorraine 37L-tracked armoured supply vehicles.
Rommel’s forces in northern France were equipped with a variety of new self-propelled guns, which were used against the Allies on the beaches of Normandy during D-Day in 1944.
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Craig Moore is a writer and editor for www.tanks-encyclopedia.com and runs www.tank-hunter.com, a guide to where one can discover surviving First and Second World War tanks. Moore has had an interest in military history since childhood and eight of his close relatives fought in both world wars: only six survived. One of his uncles lost a leg when his Sherman tank was hit during Operation Totalize in 1944. In 2010, Moore retired from London’s Metropolitan Police and lives in London, but regularly travels around the world visiting tank museums.