Books


You want to expand your knowledge, then you need books. Regarding Panzers, thousands of euros can be spent. Here is a list of the books in my library. The description might be helpful in deciding which one you need first. The list is in alphabetical order by author.
Though I already have a nice selection of books, it is only a small part of all that has been published. It will probably never be complete since these books seem to be published at a faster rate than I can afford to obtain

Contact me if you need more information about one. The prices mentioned are what I paid and may differ considerably from current prices. Mailing the books usually adds considerably to the cost. This page contains information on the books in my shelf and will not be updated to current prices and availability.

Please note that the books mentioned on this page are NOT for sale here!

achtung-panzer6

1999
156 pages
€ 58,00

achtung-panzer6 - Mitsuro Bitoh, Dainippon Kaiga Co
[ISBN: 4-499-22706-2] [Japanese, with English captions]

Excellent book with sharp photos and interesting detail drawings on the whole Tiger family.
Specially interesting for modellers, needing to know the variations on a specific vehicle.
Highly recommended!

Tigers in the mud

2003
365 pages
€ 18,40

Tigers in the mud - Otto Carius, Stackpole books
[ISBN: 0-8117-2911-7]

The combat career of German Panzer commander Otto Carius.
Don't expect a lot of photos. Also no modelling detail, but it's an interesting read giving you an idea how the Tigers were used!

Tiger in Action

1989
50 pages
€ 8,89

Tiger in Action - Bruce Culver & Don Greer, In Action Series no.27, Squadron/Signal Publications, Texas, 1989.
[ISBN 0-897747-230-6]. S/C 50pp.
Basic Tiger1 info with a lot of commonly known Tiger photos and some interesting rare ones.

Tiger1 - 50th Anniversary

1992
320 pages
€ 85,00

Tiger I - 50th anniversary commemorative edition - Uwe Feist & Bruce Culver, Ryton Publications
[No ISBN number]

A classic! Lots of detailed photos make this book very interesting to modellers.

Tiger1 and Sturmtiger in detail

2006
169 pages
€ 52,00

Tiger I and Sturmtiger in Detail - Uwe Feist & Bruce Culver, Ryton Publications
[No ISBN number]
This book was going for very high second hand prices. Fortunately it's reprinted in 2006. The reason why the book is wanted becomes obvious when it is opened. Like the title indicates: You get a lot of detail on the vehicles! Since the book is a bit dated (1992 original) you will find a quiet a number of photos you have seen before. For me also a lot of very useful new ones.

The Tiger Tank: A British View

1986
264 pages
€ 80,00

Tiger! - The Tiger Tank: A British View - David Fletcher, HMSO
[ISBN: 0-11-290426-2]

A book based almost entirely on British Military Intelligence reports. Some of the data is logically inaccurate, but the book offers lots of detail and information on how things worked. For me this book is a must have, but I can imagine not all modellers want this detailed information on subjects they do not directly need.

panzer-instandsetzung

2005
207 pages
€ 35,00

Die Panzer Instandsetzung der Wehrmacht - Lukas Friedli, Schneider Armour Research
[ISBN: 3-935107-08-0][German]

Recommended by several people doing more thorough research, this book offers information on the organisation and work involved to keep the heavy tanks rolling. Apart from the specialised information the book has a lot of photos which might be of particular interest for modellers building dioramas.

tiger-tanks

1995
128 pages
€ 23,95

Tiger Tanks - Michael Green, MBI
[ISBN: 0-87938-954-0]

A good read, with some interesting photos.

funklenkpanzer

2001
610 pages
€ 71,00

Funklenkpanzer - Markus Jaugitz, J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing
[ISBN 0-921991-58-4]

The history of the radio- and remote controlled vehicles and their control vehicles.
The book is loaded with photos and drawings showing paint schemes for modellers.

Tigers at the Front

2001
208 pages
€ 30,00

Germany's Tiger Tanks: Tigers at the Front - Thomas L. Jentz, Schiffer Publications
[ISBN: 0-7643-1339-8]

A photo study! When you have a lot of books and other info on the Tiger, you won't find many new photos in it. However, the book is a solid compilation containing interesting photos. The book will be one of the first to be consulted in search of details.

DW to Tiger1

2000
190 pages
€ 50,00

Germany's Tiger Tanks: DW to Tiger1 - Thomas L. Jentz & Hilary L. Doyle, Schiffer Publications
[ISBN: 0-7643-1038-0]

The Tiger I was constantly modified during production. This book describes the modifications and when they were made.
If you want to study a certain Tiger seriously, you have to check the basics in this book. A must have!

VK45.02

1997
169 pages
€ 33,00

Germany's Tiger Tanks: Vk45.02 to Tiger II - Thomas L. Jentz & Hilary L. Doyle, Schiffer Publications
[ISBN: 0-7643-0224-8]

The Tiger II was constantly modified during production. This book describes the modifications and when they were made.
If you want to study a certain Tiger seriously, you have to check the basics in this book. A must have!

Tiger1&2

2000
174 pages
€ 29.65

Tiger I & II - Kampf und Tactic [German version]- Thomas L. Jentz, Podzun-Pallas
[ISBN: 3790906913]

This book is also available in an English version. I expected it to be of the same quality as "DW to Tiger1", but it is far less. Apart of some nice line drawings of the grenades you won't find technical data here. Like the title says; the book handles combat and tactics. Certainly interesting to many, but not necessary for me at the moment.

The Tiger1 Heavy Tank

1993
48 pages
€ 9,36

Tiger I Heavy Tank 1942-1945 - Tom Jentz, Hilary Doyle, & Peter Sarson, Osprey New Vanguard No.5, Osprey Publishing, London 1993.
[ISBN: 1-85532-337-0]. S/C 48pp.
Basic Tiger1 info with a mostly commonly known Tiger photos and some interesting drawings. A friend returning from Japan, gave me the Japanese version of this book. So I am not sure about the text...

 

trail-of-tigers

2002
134 pages
 

Trail of the Tigers - Ron Klages [No ISBN number]
This book describes which Tiger went where and what happened to it. Apart of being interesting for historians, the book is of interest for modellers also, because it is a link between books like "D.W. to Tiger1", which provides information about Tiger1 production modifications, and the next step; Unit specific modifications and markings. Looking at the data this book contains, you realize that it must have been an enormous job to put all this data together. Unfortunately Ron Klages has passed away and to my knowledge it is no longer obtainable. 

Tiger1 Eastern

1999
144 pages
€ 23,70

Tiger I on the Eastern front - Jean Restayn, Histoire&Collections
[ISBN: 2-908182-81-5]

Lots of high quality photos and drawings make the Restayn series a must for modellers!

Tiger1 Western

2001
144 pages
€ 23,70

Tiger I on the Western front - Jean Restayn, Histoire&Collections
[ISBN: 2-913903-13-4]

Lots of high quality photos and drawings make the Restayn series a must for modellers!

Inside the Tiger1

????
144 pages
€ 30,00

Inside the Tiger I - Jean Restayn, Histoire&Collections
[ISBN: 2913903967]

The book has been scheduled for release several times since 1995, but this seems to be jinxed.
Despite all the troubles surrounding it, I will order it as soon as I get confirmation it is really available since the title seems very promising in combination with the known quality of the rest of this series.

Panzertaktik

2000
512 pages
€ 68,00

Panzertaktik - Wolfgang Schneider, J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing
[ISBN 0-921991-52-5]

Not enough space here for a correct description of this highly recommended book that is loaded with photos and provides us with insight in the use of the panzers.

Tiger im Kampf 1

478 pages
€ 66.00

Tigers in Combat I - Wolfgang Schneider & Jean Restayn, J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing, Manitoba, 1994.
[ISBN: 0921991215]. H/C 520pp The English hardcover is now rare and expensive.
Tiger im Kampf 1 [German version]- Wolfgang Schneider [ISBN: 3935107013]
Tigers in Combat 1 [paperback]- Wolfgang Schneider [ISBN: 0811731715]

They are expensive, but TIK1 and TIK2 are a must for detailed study of a certain Tiger. In these books you can find out about a Tiger's history whilst also having a good chance for finding photos of it.

Tiger im Kampf 2

450 pages
€ 66.00

Tigers in Combat II - Wolfgang Schneider & Jean Restayn, J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing, Manitoba, 1998.
[ISBN: 0921991398]. H/C 455pp. Incl.32pp. colour plates. The English hardcover is now rare and expensive.
Tiger im Kampf 2 - Wolfgang Schneider [ISBN: 3935107021]

They are expensive, but TIK1 and TIK2 are a must for detailed study of a certain Tiger. In these books you can find out about a Tiger's history whilst also having a good chance for finding photos of it.

Tiger im Kampf - Normandie

300 pages
€ 44.00

Tiger im Kampf - Die Einsätze in der Normandie - Wolfgang Schneider [ISBN: 393510703X]

This third book is completely different from TIK1 and TIK2. It is about the battles in Normandy, which are described in detail. Very interesting to read, and learn how the Tigers were used, but no must for completing a model. The quality of the pictures is not very good also in my example. This may not sound to good, but I must say also that this book is taken regularly from the shelf to find out what was going on when something is discussed on a forum.

spielberger-panther

1999
335 pages
€ 36,00

Panther & it's variants - Walther J. Spielberger - Hilary L. Doyle, Schiffer books
[ISBN: 0887403972]
Der Panzer-Kampfwagen Panther und seine Abarten (Original German version) [ISBN 3-87943-527-8]

When I bought this book, I was focussed mainly on the Tiger I, not the Panther. I saw the book and bought it at once because it contains a lot of useful information regarding the Tiger also.
Highly recommended to everyone willing to learn more about the Panthers and Tigers.

Der Panzer-Kampfwagen Tiger

1987
220 pages
€ 36,00

Tiger & King Tiger Tanks and their Variants - Walter J. Spielberger, Haynes Publishing, Somerset 1991.
[ISBN: 0-85429-841-X].
Der Panzer-Kampfwagen Tiger und Seine Abarten. [German version] - Walter J. Spielberger - Hilary L. Doyle
[ISBN: 3-87943-456-6]

About 60 pages concerning the Tiger1, with interesting technical detail drawings and factory shots.
Well, after several years of use, this book starts falling apart. Might be a less solid construction, but certainly it is one of my most consulted books!

The Modeller's guide to the Tiger Tank

2003
172 pages
€ 28,95

The modeller's guide to the Tiger Tank - Patrick A. Stansel, Military Miniatures in Review, Ampersand Publishing Company.
[No ISBN number]
Excellent book providing detailed information with a lot of sketches and model photos.
In my opinion, a must have, for modellers. The book was hard to find, but I understand there is a reprint now

bildband

1998
160 pages
€ 36,00

Der Panzerkampfwagen Tiger an der Front Bildband - Tomioka Yoshikatsu & Kobayashi Motofumi , Dainippon Kaiga
[ISBN: 4-499-22688-0]

High quality photo book also containing an interesting alternate "Tigerfibel"
Highly recommended, both regarding picture quality / selection and the very interesting Tigerfibel, which shows us many details and explains how things worked.

The first Tigers

2002
44 pages
€ 10,00

Frontline Illustration - The first Tigers [Russian with English captions]
[ISBN: 5-901266-01-3]

Some very interesting photos of the first Tigers in Russia.