Volume 31: "Marder II" (Sd.Kfz. 131) - Panzerjäger II für 7,5 cm Pak 40/2
The Panzer-Jägers theme was always one of the major interest groups of the publishers. The Marder III series were a very important and interesting series which generated Volumes Vol. 15, 17, 18. We accepted at this time that it was also historically important to include the Marder II as it was one of the early and proficient tank hunters. However, we also appreciated that our readers were interested in other important German WWII ground equipment. We had decided that a further volume would follow in the Panzer-Jäger family on the important „Marder II“, but at a later date. To keep the series diversified we produced titles with different themes like Panzer-Artillerie and half-tracked transport etc. In the meantime we had received additional information/photos etc on earlier Panzer-Jäger vehicles and therefore we revised Vol. 9 on the armoured RSO and Vol. 23 on the Panzerjäger I; together with a new Vol. 24 on the „Marder II“ based upon the Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. D & E. Now we are proud to present just in time for Christmas 2013 Nuts & Bolts Vol. 31 concerning the „Marder II“ (Sd.Kfz. 131) on the chassis of the Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. A-C & F: 176 pages A4 / approx. 365 photos, of those 190 b/w photos, mostly unpublished showing the Marder II during the war, 155 coloured photos of four still existing vehicles in museums and 20 photos of Master models from Tony Greenland and Vinnie Branigan / 40 pages text in German / English with six tables and two Kriegstärkenachweisungen, all photo captions in both languages / 10 pages of 32 scale drawings in 2D and 3D in 1:35 scale of all known variants and details by John Rue / 7 pages with 14 coloured camouflage schemes from original wartime photos of the Marder II and the different ammunition used with the 5 cm Pak 38 and 7,5 cm Pak 40 by Carlos de Diego Vaquerizo / published and available November 18th, 2013
Issue updates contain new information or pictures that have been released after the issue was published.
Regrettably we often receive important and valuable information about a photo soon after the book is published. This has happened once again with our Volume 31 on the “Marder II”. We have now been informed by Dr. Regenberg, that all vehicles on pages 43 and 44 belonged to 22. Pz.Div. In March 1943 they were handed over to 23. Pz.Div.
It is also possible that all the photos of the self-propelled 5 cm Pak 38 show the same vehicle, as on all of the photos the right frontal track guard is damaged. Additionally one can see a “Marder II” with the nickname “Betti” painted on it. Therefore the photos on page 44 show the first step of the conversion. Further conversions were later carried out.
Also the “Marder II” on the bottom of page 83 did not belong to 8. SS-Kav.Div., but to 7. Pol.Pz.Kp.
The photos on page 88 (center) and 96 (bottom) show a “Marder II” of I./Pz.Rgt. 35. The 3. Pz.Div. only used the bear in its well-known unit emblem.
Another amendment was provided concerning the second photo on page 89. The name is not “Luf”, but “Luz”, abbreviation of the name “Lutz”. A final error occurred with the second photo on page 59, where we were misled by a photo caption on the back of the photo. This is of course no “Marder II” of s.Pz.Jg.Abt. 653; but a vehicle of another unit which operated in the same area at that time.
As always we thank you very much for these constructive criticisms.