THE GERMAN 88 The Most Famous Gun of the Second World War.

This could be the easiest review I will ever write. I’m not going to waste your time thinking up any clever wordy stuff to make me look knowledgeable about the subject, although, like most people, I do know the pointy end of an artillery piece and I have built the Airfix and Tamiya kits of the 88mm gun. I think this qualifies me to make a reasonable attempt at commenting on this book.

Terry Gander should need no introduction to anyone who has ever picked up a book on artillery. His writing style is assured and flows in a way that makes an often very technical subject easy to follow. The depth of his knowledge is so great that you are really in safe hands.

This book traces the history of the 88mm gun and deals with the myths and the hard facts about its development, service life and the various prototypes, many of which did not make it on to the battlefield.  The result is a fascinating look at a World War II icon. These things are always subjective, but I presume just about everyone would pick this gun as the best known artillery piece of the war. As simple a truth as this may be, Mr Gander reveals that there is so much more to the gun than I had realised and I really enjoyed the education.

I thoroughly recommend this book. Nuff said.

Mark Barnes.

The Most Famous Gun of the Second World War.
Published in softback by Pen & Sword Military £12.99
ISBN: 978 1 84884 832 0





Mark Barnes

Mark Barnes is a longstanding friend of WHO, providing features, photography and reviews. He has contributed to The Times of London and other publications. He is the author of The Liberation of Europe (pub 2016) and If War Should Come due later in 2020.