Tiger I and Tiger II (Images of War Special)
Anthony Tucker-Jones

Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (15 July 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1781590303
ISBN-13: 978-1781590300

The German Tiger I and Tiger II (known to the Allies as the
‘King Tiger’ or ‘Royal Tiger’) were the most famous and formidable heavy tanks
of the Second World War. In their day their awesome reputation inspired such
apprehension among Allied soldiers that the weaknesses of these brilliant but
flawed designs tended to be overlooked. Anthony Tucker-Jones, in this
illustrated history, tells the story of their conception and development and
reconsiders their operational history, and he dispels the legends and
misunderstandings that have grown up around them.

Anthony Tucker-Jones is
a prolific writer on the history of fighting vehicles and armoured warfare. He
has also written extensively on military affairs and terrorism. After a career
in the intelligence community, he became a freelance defence writer and military
historian. His most recent books are Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front,
Armoured Warfare in the North African Campaign, Armoured Warfare in the Battle
for Normandy, The Kalashnikov in Combat and The Soviet-Afghan
War.

Contents:
1. Tiger I: Henschel or Porsche?
2. Tiger II’s Troubled Birth
3. Tiger I and II Variants
4. Inauspicious Debut
5. Tunisian Tigers
6. Tiger I on the Steppes
7. Tiger I in the Hedgerows
8. Tiger II: Normandy to Berlin
9. Tiger Tales
10. Tiger Stalking
Epilogue: Tiger’s Big Brother: Maus
Further Reading

The book is part of the Images of War series but being a special edition it provides more narrative than usually in the regular series. Pen & Sword will also be releasing a special edition of Images of War for the M4 Sherman due out February 2014 along the same lines. The book is printed on semi gloss paper and has good photo reproduction that at times can be washed out in other publication in the Image so War series.

I find that the book is geared more for the reader who is looking for a outline of the Tiger but without getting to deep with technical details and such. The book covers all of the Tiger variants including the Jagdtiger, Ferdinand and Sturmtiger as well as a 14 page colour plate section in the middle of the book.  The book also covers the prototypes variants of VK30xx, VK36xx and VK45xx, prototypes for Tiger I and Tiger II respectively.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and readers looking for the basic history of the Tiger will find this a excellent starting point without all the technical details.

Recommended 

Many thanks to Pen & Sword for the copy to review.

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