TIGER I & TIGER II – Review by Mark Barnes


By Anthony Tucker-Jones with illustrations by Brian Delf
Published by Pen & Sword Military
ISBN: 978 1 78159 030 0

Review by Mark Barnes for War History Online

It really is pointless me making any comment about the Tiger tank and its place in history. You know how you feel about it and might not care less what I think. We can’t get enough of the things. This Images of War Special gives us an entertaining look at the royal family of WW2 tanks with some excellent photos  – the usual mix of well and lesser known – in the format we’ve come to know. Anthony Tucker-Jones does his usual job of telling the story of the armour and it all cracks along in much the same way as his other books do. If you like this sort of stuff you’ll be quite happy.

The extra ingredient is a series of really nice colour plates by Brian Delf, showing Tigers, a Ferdinand and a Sturmtiger in a range of camouflage schemes. I think this adds a dimension to these books that really helps the package. As ever with AT-J we get snaps of the opposition to the Tigers in the form of the Allied tanks and guns that had the task of stopping them.

You know what I think of this range of books. They offer good value and some interesting content. This one is no different. Serious devotees of the Tiger won’t find much new here, but the photos are pretty good and the original illustrations are fine. So it all works.

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.