Introduction/Chronology/Design and development/The Strategic Situation/Technical Specifications/The Combatants/Combat/Statistics and analysis/Aftermath/Bibliography
Written by a former tank commander who has an instinctive understanding of the subject; the tank duels are vividly brought to life and complimented by the orders of battle, the maps and artwork which illustrate the weaponry, tactics and strategy of each side
Dr Robert A. Forczyk has a PhD in International Relations and National Security from the University of Maryland and a strong background in European and Asian military history. He is currently a lieutenant colonel in the US Army Reserves and has served 18 years as an armour officer. Jim Laurier attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, graduated with honours, and has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon. Howard Gerrard studied at the Wallasey School of Art and has been a freelance designer and illustrator for over 20 years. He is an associate member of the Guild of Aviation Artists and has won both the Society of British Aerospace Companies Award and the Wilkinson Sword Trophy.
"This work provides a welcome contrast to the usual praise surrounding the Panther, and it is one of the best Osprey Duel series titles to date." --Mark E. Stille, World War II Quarterly (Volume 4, Number 4, 2007) "Robert Forczyk's Panther vs. T-34: Ukraine 1943 is a pick for any military library focusing on equipment and action. A blend of first-person perspectives and digital artwork chart the progress of the two greatest tanks of World War II." --The Bookwatch (December 2007) "Overall, this is a good addition to Osprey's library... The text was compelling to read and caused me to reconsider my thoughts about both tanks." --tabletopgamingnews.com (October 2007) "In all, a superb look at these two tanks and how well they operated in combat against each other. A book I can highly recommend for you." --Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (November 2007) "...Robert Forczyk, a Ph.D. who served 18 years as an armor officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, concludes that the T-34's brilliantly simple, functional conception made it the better of the two... After providing technical details, [the] book discusses crew training and tactics, profiles one or two outstanding operators of each tank and then shows how they performed against one another in combat. Enhanced by photos and artwork, including views of the interiors and through the gun sights, the Duel series is sure to spark debate among Buffs." --Jon Guttman, Military History Magazine (January/February 2008)