Valentine Infantry Tank vs Panzer III
North Africa 1941–43

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Author Bruce Newsome
Illustrator Adam Hook

This 80-page paperback book is the 132nd book in the Duel series of books that are available from Osprey Publications.

This book offers a unique comparison between the two most numerous British and German tank types from 1941 to 1943. It documents the upgrades made to each Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) type over three years, as up-gunned and up-armored variants – ever more lethal, ever more survivable – arrived in North Africa.

Although much has been written about the Panzer III, little attention has been given to the equally prominent Valentine tank. This work compares the respective strengths and weaknesses of these iconic tanks, which frequently went head-to-head in brutal battles across Europe, Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia.

Table of Contents

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

The author explores the two tanks’ encounters, from the first Valentine vs Panzer III clashes in 1941, to the Axis drive into Egypt, and on to the Tunisian fighting of 1942–1943. Color artworks include profile, weaponry and gunsight, and battle scene views of both tanks, while maps chart the campaigns in which both tanks met. Each AVF’s performance is also covered, along with their technical details, design evolution, and crew histories.

Summary

Overall, this book is an excellent resource that offers valuable insights into the strategies, tactics, and outcomes of these iconic tanks’ encounters. It is a testament to Dr. Newsome’s thorough research and ability to present complex historical events in an accessible and engaging manner. Each AFV’s performance is also covered, along with their technical details, design evolution, and crew histories. The book includes color artworks and maps that chart the campaigns in which they met. It also covers each AFV’s performance, technical details, design evolution, and crew histories.

The modeler can gain ideas for creating vignettes or placing battle damage on their models using the photographs in this book as a guide. The wargamer can use this book as a reference tool for movement scale and gun penetration ranges. Finally, whether you’re a history enthusiast or a casual reader, modeler, or wargamer, this book is sure to captivate your interest.

Valentine Infantry Tank vs Panzer III, North Africa 1941–43 is a 80-page paperback book that is available from Osprey Publications.

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