HENSCHEL’S HEAVY METAL BEAST

VOLKER RUFF’S stunning Der Tiger series provides yet more unseen photographs from German heavy tank battalions (s.Pz.Abt.) in this stimulating historical account.

The subject of the second volume is s.Pz.Abt.502; the photos and dual German/English text cover events between the unit’s formation in 1942, and its eventual reformation as s.Pz.Abt.511 in January 1945. Its 128 pages are divided into nine sections, the size of each determined by actions depicted…unsurprisingly, major battles and the initial training period receive most attention.

Diorama modellers will find much inspiration here, with maintenance stations, muster points, combat and abandoned vehicles all captured in black and white, in all seasons and situations. Finer details, such as the lack of track guards on early vehicles are highlighted, and where possible each vehicle is identified. Whether researching the vehicle, unit or German armour in general, this is a worthwhile reference, and at just £26.99 is great value: www.panzerwrecks.com