Book Review
Panzerkampfwagen I
Wehrmacht Special No.4009 Panzerkampfwagen I
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by: Matthew Quiroz [ RED4 ]

Panzerkampfwagen I is published by the German Military publishing-house Tankograd Publishing and written by Marcus Zollner. The book is similar to other titles in their 'Specials' series and contains 64 pages. The soft-cover book is A4 size and contains 118 black and white photos. The text contains German and English and the translation is well done.

between the pages
The book is divided into three sections, History, Technology/Variants, and Specialized Vehicles.

The History section consists of just a few paragraphs that gives a brief history on how Germany went about developing tanks following WWI with the restrictions that were placed on them and how the Pz. I came to be.

Technology/Variants is somewhat brief but breaks down what the differences were between the Ausf “A”, “B”, “C” and “F” models. The Variants section contains several paragraphs on each variant and supporting photos later in the book. This section describes in good, although brief, detail the conversions that were based on the chassis of the Pz. l. Those being:
• Drivers Training vehicle
• Command Vehicle (Sd. Kfz 265)
• Maintenance and Repair Vehicle
• Ammunition Carrier (Sd.Kfz 111)
• Anti-aircraft tank (Flakpanzer)
• Laube Ammunition Carrier
• 150mm Self-propelled Infantry Gun s.I.G.33 (Bison)
• Panzerjager I Tank destroyer
• Demolition Carrier
• Bridge layer
• Flame Thrower
• “Breda”
• Movie Tank (Used for propaganda films)
• Ambulance Tank (Krankpanzer)

While these were the “Official” conversions, there were many others that were sometimes a “one-off” field modification and there was little to no documentation of these other than what a passing soldier happened to photograph. However, there are a couple of pictures included that show these rare vehicles.

the photos
I feel this is what sets this series of books apart from the competitors. The printed photos are sharp and clear and show a wealth of detail for the modeler, not just of the vehicle, but of the environment and theaters they operated in. I have never seen these photos before unlike many other books that seem to re-visit the same pictures over and over. These are a fresh and welcome change. Besides the images of the vehicles themselves, the photos are a great reference of how weather and climate affected the vehicles and the crew.

This is an excellent book of a surprisingly interesting subject. While the Pz. I wasn’t the most widely produced, most powerful, or most anything really of the German army, it’s important to remember that this is what German tank crews were trained on before moving on to the “Big Boys”. The crewmen who manned the Panthers and Tigers cut their teeth on these not-so-giant vehicles and this book does a very good job of profiling and describing that tank. The first eight pages contain the text about the vehicle and the remaining pages are the photographs and they speak volumes more than any text could. Highly recommended.
Highs: Great photos. Just enough technical info that it doesn't become confusing.
Lows: Lack of scale plans.
Verdict: A very worthwhile book in my opinion. Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: 4009
  Suggested Retail: $22.00
  PUBLISHED: Jan 26, 2008

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After a several year break from the hobby I have happily returned to it. Slowly, but surely getting my mojo back.

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Thanks for the review Mathew. I have a few of these books (KV1, KV2, Pzr III & IV) and can agree with your general impressions. They have a pretty standard format regardless what the subject is, and they are quite useful for their series of sharp images included. I´d still prefer the Achtung Panzer type series of books for the break down of different details, but this would be an excellent compliment.
JAN 25, 2008 - 10:06 PM
What's that thing in the lower right corner? An early Bison? It's wonderfully ugly!
JAN 25, 2008 - 10:14 PM
One thing the book does have, is (unless i'm mistaken) a TOTALLY new photo of the Pz1 'Breda' - as these images are as rare as teeth on a hen... As I'm the contact for Tankograd, I must admit to letting it out of my clutches with great reluctance It really is an extraordinarily good book...
JAN 26, 2008 - 12:50 AM
As Jim mentioned there is a picture of the Breda shown, albeit just one, it makes the otherwise tiny vehicle take on a more menacing look. I'm not well versed on the Pz1, but this book is helping me get there. Thanks, "Q"
JAN 26, 2008 - 04:30 AM
Thanks for the review Matthew. This is definitely my favorite series of tanks and it good to get more information on an often overlooked vehicle -Bruce
JAN 26, 2008 - 04:12 PM

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