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After the 3rd SS Panzer Regiment book by this author, I had high hopes. I did note that, in the previous book, vehicle identification was not his strong suit. Well, this photo album definitely proves it and I was disappointed in much of the historical background text.

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The table of contents gave me a warning when the use of Dicker Max, Sturer Emil, and Hetzer were used. While he acknowledges the Hornisse/Nashorn names, he completely omits Ferdinand with the Elefant chapter.

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I barely start reading the chapter when on page nine I see Dicker Max used, something that was disproved since Panzer Tracts 7 published the commander specifically naming the vehicle.

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I turn the page and immediately see the trifecta... Hetzer on a vehicle produced before the E-10 drawings (whose suggestive name was officially Hetzer) were submitted, Elefant from a time when it was called Ferdinand, and a caption that states Jagdpanzer IV/L70 when the gun obviously has a muzzle brake of the Pak 39 L/48 length!

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Luckily, there are some veteran stories included and, while I have seen most of the photos, they may be new to some and are handy to have in one volume.
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Considering the details modelers may want to glean from the photos, they are simply too small.
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Utterly worthless caption on the color photo of Der Fuhrer inspecting a Jagdpanzer 38 with rigid mount (called Starr in service). The Jagdpanzer 38 was built out of need, from inferior steel, and not on par with other Jagdpanzers.
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I'll add it to my library but, once I have read the veteran's stories, if I don't find any new photos to hunt down larger copies (they are small in the book), it won't be a favorite.
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