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German Heavy Fighting Vehicles of the Second World War


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 German Tank Development, 1918-1939; 2 War and the Heavy Tank Programs, 1939-1945; 3 Tiger I; 4 The Successor Tiger II Tank; 5 Inspecting a Tiger II; 6 Dr Porsche's Tank to the Battlefield-The Ferdinand-Elefant Experience; 7 Superheavy Tanks-Maus and E-100; 8 Jagdtiger; 9 Sturmmorser Tiger; 10 German Heavy Tank Units in World War II; Conclusions-Quality vs. Quantity?; Appendix I Schilling, History of German Tank Development; Appendix II Interrogation of Dr Stiele v Heydekampf; Appendix III Interrogation of Dr Ernest Kniepkamp [Tank Engines]; Appendix IV Chobham Preliminary Report-Tiger B Turret Armor [for Porsche Tiger]; Appendix V German Heavy Tank Cannon 1942-1945; Select Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Kenneth W. Estes is a 1969 Naval Academy graduate and tank officer who served in a variety of command and staff assignments in the US 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. Ken was made an Honorary Legionnaire in the Spanish Legion in 1992 and The American Historical Association awarded him a Gutenberg-e Prize in 2002.


"This is a well written book for the military reader to see the inner workings of German engineering and back story to the development of these vehicles."--Bob Peterson "A Wargamers Needful Things "
"The all inclusive nature of this book will be of great use to all but the most serious of folks with an interest in this subject, and those who are extremely well versed in the subject will still find this book of interest as a "one stop shop"... The photos are generally of good quality and interest. The text is well written and clearly written, the author makes his points in a quite "readable" manner. Highly Recommended"--AMPS

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