This series of books is an exploration of the development of the PzIV, the only tank to be in service for the whole of WWII. They are made up entirely from images of my own original photographs that I have collected since 2000. The small profit made on each book will be put back into enlarging and preserving the collection so more titles can be added and images shared. Each volume contains fully captioned images, tables where appropriate and details from the reverse of the photographs. I hope that they will be appealing to historians, wargamers and modelers alike.
Volume 1 covers the early years of Panzer IV production. From its pre war inception through the initial campaigns of WWII (Poland, France & the Low Countries, the Balkans and Russia).
Many more images are available from the successful Blitzkrieg when soldiers, encouraged to carry cameras were keen to record their victories. Even so this is probably the largest collection of early PzIV photographs published under the same cover. Certainly this many original images of the Ausf A have not been seen together in the same publication. The book includes 44 images of the Ausf A, 25 Ausf C and 56 Ausf C within a total of 129 photographs. A type of tyre specific to Ausf A are revealed for the first time and images of Ausf B & C throw doubt over the current designation of Ausfs in relation to auxiliary exhaust lengths.
There is no table of changes in this volume instead a comprehensive table covering changes on all short barreled versions will be published in Volume 2.
All these photographs are from my own collection and the vast majority are published for the first time.
Click on the cover image for a partial preview.