Sledgehammers: Strengths and Flaws of Tiger Tank Battalions in World War II
Bedford, PA: Aberjona Press, 2004
Pages: viii + 262
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Feedback from Dan K on Tuesday, 29 June 2004
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Picked up the book and found that it answered all my questions on the Tiger. I found the book easy to follow along and the maps and pictures made for a good read.
I especially liked the candid way that the Germans themselves admitted the faults ofthe Tiger in the way the tanks were used and all the resources that were needed to make the Tiger Battalions operational. Having read a lot on the subject myself, I was shocked to read the way the Tigers were used in mine clearance roles, over and over,even though the Germans themselves knew they were going to lose some. The stories of the amount of punishment that individual Tigers received in battle also adds to the testiments of how hard it was to "kill" a Tiger. These individual quotes made for the book alone!!
I really liked the charts at the end of the book that showed the kill ratios for each Tiger Battalion. The book also covers where each battalion served and how many tanks were operational for each attack etc.
The intro and end stories of Tiger Comd and Tiger Killers made this book all the better and proved that this is a well researched book that a reader won't get lost in.
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