The Tank Museum has faithfully and meticulously translated this wartime training manual for the Panther tank. Based on an original copy housed in their archive, this self-published title features English text carefully set over the German, retaining the rhyming verses and intended wit of the authors who produced it. This version includes inserts from the original book and a new foreword by museum curator David Willey.
The book is close to the original size (7.87" x 5.70" – ideal for keeping it in a panzer crewman's pocket) and printed on identical paper for an authentic feel. Panther-Fibel was created as an engaging and easy to understand handbook to break the tradition of heavy-going technical manuals. Such sophisticated machines required considerable knowledge to keep them in action, so commanders sought to snag the interest of young panzer crewmen with these light-hearted, well-illustrated handbooks.
This English text reproduction of the original handbook is really very nice and will most certainly be a collectors item.