Ju 87D/G STUKA versus T-34

Eastern Front 1942–45

Duel 129 Ju 87D G Stuka vs T 34 Eastern Front 1942 45

Author Robert Forsyth
Illustrator Jim Laurier
Gareth Hector


Ju 87D/G STUKA versus T-34, on the Eastern Front 1942 to 1945 is the 128th 80-page paperback book that is in the Duel series of books that are available from Osprey Publications.

This is an examination of two of the most high-profile air and land weapons to be deployed on the Eastern Front in World War II.

In late 1942, as part of its attempts to strike back at ever-increasing numbers of Soviet tanks, the German air ministry authorised the development of an adaptation and enhancement of the longspan Junkers Ju 87D-5 Stuka dive-bomber. The aircraft was duly fitted with two underwing pods containing 37 mm BK cannon – an antiaircraft cannon with its origins dating back to 1933. The solid, slow, Ju 87 airframe offered the Luftwaffe an ideal platform for specialist, low level, ‘tank-killing’ operations.

The author, does an excellent job of presenting the strategic situation, combatants, and combat statistics in an engaging and accessible manner. The book is richly illustrated with over 60 black and white photos, color illustrations, profile plates, and maps, which greatly enhance the reader’s understanding and appreciation of the subject matter. One of the book’s strengths is its balanced approach. It doesn’t favor one side over the other, but instead presents a fair and objective analysis of both the Stuka and the T-34. This makes it a valuable resource not only for history enthusiasts but also for modelers and wargamers looking for accurate and detailed information.

Table of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • Design and Development
  • Technical Specifications
  • The Strategic Situation
  • The Combatants
  • Combat
  • Statistics and Analysis
  • Aftermath
  • Further Reading
  • Index


The book is divided into several sections, including an introduction, chronology, design and development, technical specifications, strategic situation, combatants, combat statistics and analysis, aftermath, and further reading. It provides a thorough synopsis of these two warhorses from WWII, detailing their origins, emergence, and performance throughout the war. The book is richly illustrated with over 60 black and white photos, color illustrations and profile plates, and maps. It offers a deep dive into the tactics, operations, and deployment of these iconic war machines, making it a valuable resource for anyone interested in WWII history.



Duel 192, like other books in the Duel series, can be a valuable resource for modelers, wargamers, and history enthusiasts.

The book is packed with original artwork, maps, and 3D explanatory diagrams of the machines or forces. This can provide modelers with accurate visual references for creating detailed and historically accurate models.

For Wargamers, the comprehensive examination of the machines or forces, including their tactics, operations, and deployment, can help wargamers to design and play out historically accurate scenarios. The detailed descriptions of battles and strategies can provide a rich context for game scenarios.

Finally for the History Enthusiasts, the book offers a coherent portrait of a historic event or comparison, including not just the machines or forces, but its doctrine, organization, logistics, intelligence-gathering, and deception efforts. This can provide history enthusiasts with a deep understanding of the subject during its height of power.


Ju 87D/G STUKA versus T-34, on the Eastern Front 1942 to 1945, is an 80-page paperback book that is available from Osprey Publications.


Paperback $23.00
eBook (ePub) $18.40
eBook (PDF) $18.40