Peko: Panzer IV on the Battlefield

The Panzerkampfwagen IV (PzKpfw IV), commonly known as the Panzer IV, was a German medium tank developed in the late 1930s and used extensively during the Second World War.

The Panzer IV was not originally intended to engage enemy armor—that role being allocated to the Panzer III. However, with the inadequacy of the Panzer III becoming apparent and in the face of Soviet T-34 tanks, the Panzer IV soon assumed that role. It was the most widely manufactured and deployed, fully turreted German tank of the Second World War. The Panzer IV saw service in all combat theaters involving Germany and was the only German tank to remain in continuous production throughout the war, with over 8,800 produced between 1936 and 1945. Upgrades and design modifications, intended to counter new threats, extended its service life. Generally, these involved increasing the Panzer IV’s armor protection or upgrading its weapons, although during the last months of the war, with Germany’s pressing need for rapid replacement of losses, design changes also included simplifications to speed up the manufacturing process.

The Panzer IV was partially succeeded by the Panther medium tank, which was introduced to counter the T-34, although the Panzer IV continued as a significant component of German armoured formations to the end of the war. The Panzer IV was the most widely exported tank in German service, with around 300 sold to Finland, Romania, Spain and Bulgaria. After the war, Syria procured Panzer IVs from France and Czechoslovakia, which saw combat in the 1967 Six-Day War. Some 8,553 Panzer IVs of all versions were built during World War II

Author: Craig Ellis
ISBN: 978-615-80072-1-4
No of Photos: 105
No of Pages: 112
Binding: Hardcover
Language: Hungarian/English
Cost: £23.99 (US $34.55)
The book is a wide format hardback book with glossy paper. The introduction and photograph captions are in English and Hungarian throughout; the quality of the English translations is excellent. The book starts with a two page overview of the history of the Panzer IV from its prewar introduction to a final note about its final use in the 1960s. The introduction goes through the basic differences between the different models of Panzer IV from the Ausf. A to the final Ausf. J version. The photographs are in a roughly chronological order starting with an Ausf. A and working through to the final models at the endof the war. The captions for all the photographs are excellent and points of interest and note are pointed out in all of them. Every photograph has story to tell and the quality of the photographs is generally very good. Photographs show Panzer IVs on all the fronts of the war and also in all states of serviceability, from brand-new through to completely destroyed.

This book is an excellent reference for anyone wanting to know what an in use Panzer IV looked like. It has dozens of ideas for dioramas and ways to personalise your build.

This book is avalable from various hobby and book stores. I’m not sure if it is available form the publisher Peko Books, but I got my copy from Panzerwrecks.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International


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