Camouflage & Markings of Axis Armor in the Balkans Campaigns 1940-1941

Jeffrey Plowman

This book covers the use of armor by Axis forces during their annexation and occupation of the Balkans between 1940 and 1941. While German armor features prominently in the book, many of which have not been published before, there are also some remarkable images of Hungarian and Italian armor.
Date Published :
April 2019
Publisher :
Model Centrum Progres
Series :
Armor Color Gallery
Illustration :
25 full-color plates and 142 b&w photos
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9788360672310
Pages : 72
Dimensions : 11.5 X 8 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Published as a companion volume to ACG #14, Camouflage and Markings of Commonwealth and Greek Armor in the Balkans Campaigns April – May 1941, this is an authoritative guide to the armor deployed by the Axis in the Balkans during 1940 and 1941, particularly some of the lesser known operations. Starting with the Hungarian annexation of North Transylvania from Romania, it moves through to the Italian invasion of Greek-controlled Epirus in Albania, and ultimately the Axis attack on Yugoslavia followed by the German invasion of continental Greece and the island of Crete.

To put together this book the author has collected a remarkable set of photographs from public and private archives in Hungary, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Poland, Australia, the UK and US as well as Germany. Covering a wide variety of armored vehicles fielded by the Hungarian Motorized Corps, the Italian 131 Divisione Corazzta “Centauro,” five German Panzer-Divisions and two Sturmgeschütze Abteilungs, this book includes many rare and never before published photos of early war Axis armored vehicles, with very detailed captions. Most of these photos would never see daylight without online markets. It includes: PzKpfw I, II, III and IV tanks, SdKfz 221, 222 and 231 armored cars, SdKfz 251 and Sdkfz 253 halftracks, StuG IIIs, Toldi tanks, Csaba armoued cars, M13/40 tanks and L3/33 tankettes. Contains: 72 pages, 142 b&w photos and 25 full color plates of artwork.

About The Author

Jeffrey Plowman is a research biochemist by profession who has had a keen interest in military history for over thirty-five years. He has made a special study of New Zealand armor and armored units and has published nineteen books as well as many articles and chapters on the subject. Among his most recent publications are War in the Balkans: The Battle for Greece and Crete 1940-1941 and Monte Cassino: Armoured Forces in the Battle for the Gustav Line.


"This book will give the reader a look at Axis Armour used in these campaigns. Recommended."

- Britmodeller

"… did great job of combining everything into understandable form, which is enjoyable to read"


‘’This excellent study of the various stages of war within the Balkans region is primarily a photo-study, and the text is not extensive, just enough to set the scene. A splendid book for model-makers, as well as those with a general interest in the subject. Some may consider it to be a bit expensive, but the amount of material enclosed gives real value for money, with a heap of details to keep even the most serious anorak happy. Highly recommended.’’


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