German Assault Guns and Tank Destroyers 1940 - 1945

Anthony Tucker-Jones

* Detailed photographic history of German Second World assault guns

* Describes how these turretless armoured vehicles were produced and developed

* Shows assault guns and tank destroyers in action on the Eastern Front, in Italy and Normandy

* Wide-ranging introduction to one of the less well-known aspects of armoured warfare
Date Published :
November 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Images Of War
Illustration :
160 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
ISBN : 9781473845992
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7.5 inches
In stock


The assault guns and tank destroyers deployed by the Wehrmacht during the Second World War are not as famous as tanks like the Tiger and Panther, but they were remarkably successful, and they are the subject of Anthony Tucker-Jones's wide-ranging photographic history. As the conflict progressed, the German army had to find a use for its obsolete panzers, and this gave rise to the turretless Sturmgeschütz or assault guns designed for infantry support. From 1944 onwards they played a vital role in Nazi Germany's increasingly defensive war.

A selection of rare wartime photographs shows the variety of turretless armored fighting vehicles that were produced and developed – various models of the Sturmgeschütz III, the Sturmhaubitze, Jagdpanzer, Panzerjäger, Marder, Hetzer. Often a lack of tanks meant that these armoured vehicles were called on to fill the panzer's role, and they proved ideal during the Germans’ defensive battles on the Eastern Front as well as in Italy and Normandy – they were instrumental in delaying Germany's defeat.

This highly illustrated account provides is a fascinating introduction to one of the less well-known aspects of armored warfare during the Second World War.

About The Author

Anthony Tucker-Jones is a former defence intelligence officer and a widely published expert on regional conflicts, counter-terrorism and armoured and aerial warfare. He is the author of over thirty books including Falaise: The Flawed Victory, Operation Dragoon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944, Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front, Tiger I & Tiger II, T-34: The Red Army's Legendary Medium Tank, The Panther Tank: Hitler’s T-34 Killer, The Battle for Budapest 1944-1945 and The Panzer IV: Hitler’s Rock. He is security and terrorism correspondent for intersec – The Journal of International Security and has freelanced for Channel 4 News. For further information his website can be found at

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