Softcover, 60 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
From the publisher:
The tank battles in the Soviet Union during the summer of 1941 were the largest in World War II, exceeding even the more-famous Prokhorovka encounter during the Kursk campaign. Indeed, they were the largest tank battles ever fought.
Two evenly matched competitors in this conflict, the German 38(t) and the Soviet BT-7, were of similar size, armed with guns of comparable firepower, and had foreign roots — the 38(t) was a Czech design, and the BT-7 was an evolution of the American Christie tank. With black-and-white photos and full-color artwork, the author assesses the strengths and limitations of these two types against the wider background of armored doctrine in the opening stages of Operation Barbarossa.
Zaloga is not only an internationally known armor expert but a modeler as well. His comparison provides perspective on these two relatively light but numerous tank types. Photos and illustrations provide essential details inside and out.