Panzerkampfwagen 38(t). Design and Production
«Panzerkampfwagen 38 (t)»
The book of Alexei Kalinin is devoted to the design and manufacture of tank Pz.Kpfw.38 (t). This tank was the basic model of the German Panzer divisions in the early years of World War II. He was a significant part of the tank park Panzerwaffe. Full name of the tank - Panzerkampfwagen 38 (t). It was developed in Czechoslovakia and become a real symbol of the "Blitzkrieg" - lightning war. Capture Czechoslovak industry has become a great incentive to strengthen the German army.
In subsequent years, the Germans developed new tanks. They became better known than the tank Pz.Kpfw.38 (t), and he stepped into the shadow of a few. The author of this book restores justice. Alexei Kalinin tells about the tank, which conquered Europe. His triumphal campaign ended only in the USSR, where he was stopped by the heroic efforts of the Red Army.
Tank Pz.Kpfw.38 (t) is characterized by simple and rational design. His exact gun allowed fighting at long range, as well as hitting at close range. This tank was have great field of view, so it is often used in intelligence. The crew was three or four depending on the modification.
The author of this publication contains the most complete information about this tank. The book includes case studies of the tank Pz.Kpfw.38 (t) from the early period of development until the postwar years. The author dwells on the specifics of machines of various modifications and trim levels for different divisions and countries. Alexei Kalinin also writes about those machines that were created on the basis of PzKpfw.38 (t). Furthermore, embodiments have been created and the export license copy of this tank.
The book contains rich illustrations. Also it was the first published a number of drawings, documents and photographs. Material presented in the book is unique. Its author for several years participated in the restoration of the tank Pz.Kpfw.38 (t). Now that material is display in the tank museum in Kubinka.
The book contains photographs and illustrations from the fonds and collections [VHJ ČKD Praha], Tank Museum Bovington, V. Francev, CK Kliment, W.J. Spielberger, Ground Power, Yuri Pasholok.