Nuts & Bolts 30 Nebel-, Panzer- und Vielfachwerfer
This review is on Nuts & Bolts 30, which was released in May 2013. This volume is on Nebelwerfer, Panzerwerfer and Vielfachwerfer. I thought I would review this issue before looking at the latest issue to get a broader feel for what this series of books are about. Volume 1 of this series came out in 1996, and I have a copy of a 1st edition of volume 5, also from 1996. The first edition of Volume 5 is on the Saurer RK-5 and is a 42 page magazine, rather than a book. It contains 3 pages in English about the history of the vehicle and technical specifications, then 5 pages of period black and white photographs, a page of scale drawings and then 30 pages of post war black and white photos, including several of a walk around of the sole surviving example. It contains 105 photographs. Just for reference, the 2nd edition of this magazine has been expanded to 102 pages and 242 photos.
So, what do the latest issues of this series look like? The bare details of this issue, Volume 30, are:
- by Joachim Baschin, Martin Block, Vinnie Branigan, Heinz Tippmann
- published on May 31, 2013
- soft cover
- german & english texts
- 208 glossy, good quality paper, pages
- 391 photos (250 historic, 28 model, 113 modern)
- 24 blueprints
- 19 camouflage schemes, tactical markings, organsisational tables
- only 29.90€. (Available from the publisher)
As you can see, the Nuts & Bolts series is now something very different and most definitely a book.
Let’s take a closer look inside the book. Inside the front cover are 3 images of a scratch built Panzerwefer with German and English captions. The next page is a title page with the usual publishing and copyright details. Then we start on the history of these weapons from 1929 to the end of the war with a text description of scale models that are available right at the end. This section is in both German and English and goes up to page 50. This text covers all versions of Nebelwerfers, their development, technical specifications, rocket types, organisational charts, units that used them and use in combat. Luftwaffe usage is also mentioned, although the text does concentrate on ground based uses. This section is very in depth and covers everything you might want or need to know. I am not aware of a publication that goes into this much detail. The best available models in 1/35 are apparently the ones by Great Wall/Lion Roar and Schatton Modelbau. There are also older models available, with varying degrees of accuracy.
The main weapons covered are:
- 15 cm Nebelwerfer
- 21 cm Nebelwerfer
- 28/32 cm Nebelwerfer
- 30 cm Nebelwerfer
- 30 cm Raketenwerfer
- 15 cm Panzerwerfer 42
- Munitionsfahrzeug auf Panzerwerfer 42
- 8 cm SS – Vielfachwerfer
We then move onto the next section from page 51 to 129 with period black & white photographs, usually 3 per page with English and German captions. The photographs are in chronological order and in the same order, the various weapons were discussed in the previous text chapter. The photographs show all parts of the weapons, as well as the rockets and their use in the field. For modellers the diorama ideas supplied by the 210+ photographs are endless. The quality of the photographs is very good and goes from pre-war and prototype photographs, through use in the war to captured equipment parks at the end of the war.
The next section is over pages 130 to 154 and contains scale drawings of all the various types of weapons from the usual front, back and side as well as 3/4 views. The next pages, from 155 to 163 show colour artworks of 2 Nebelwerfer, 16 Panzerwerfer, and the various rockets.
The following section from pages 164 to 201 contains modern colour photographs of examples in 16 museums. The level of detail shown in these photographs is very good and shows to good effect parts of the weapons you won’t normally see. Many of the photographs are labelled and give good descriptions of all the various parts of the weapons, including the firing order of the rockets. For a modeller, this section of the book is a treasure trove of valuable information. This section ends with a series of photographs of the inside of a Panzerwerfer.
The very last part of the book is 8 pages showing several images and captions of 3 completed 1/35 models, a Panzwerwerfer 42, Vielfachwerfer and a 21 cm Neberlwerfer 42. The captions explain some of the building and finishing details of the models.
In conclusion, this book is probably the most up to date and comprehensive book on the various ‘werfer’ on the market today in the English language. The only book I can find close to this is in German only. For historians it is a valuable resource and references 47 different publications. For modellers it is a gold mine of useful information, images and photographs, both period and modern. If you have an interest in Nebelwerfer, Panzerwerfer or Vielfachwerfer I can’t recommend this book highly enough.
Many thanks to Nuts & Bolts for the review sample.