The Tank Museum has faithfully and meticulously translated the wartime Panther tank handbook. Based on the original document housed in their archive, this self-published title features English text carefully set over the German, retaining the rhyming verses and intended wit of the authors. It includes inserts from the original book and a new foreword by Curator David Willey.
The book is close to the original size (12.5cm x17.8cm – ideal for tankers’ pockets) and on identical paper for an authentic feel. Panther-Fibel was created as an engaging and easy to understand handbook to break the tradition of heavy-going technical manuals. Such sophisticated machines required considerable knowledge to keep them in action, so commanders sought to snag the interest of young tank crews with these light-hearted, well-illustrated handbooks.
The translation and layout of this little book are superb and is an invaluable addition to anyone with an interest in German fighting vehicles;
100 PAGES plus two fold-out pages. Two inserts: an A4 period painting of a Panther and A3 ‘Das Knüppelspiel’ (The club game) Illustrations: Hundreds of drawings and illustrations