New Books On the Shelf

History of the Turán Medium and Heavy Tanks in World War II

Author Péter Mujzer

Publisher Kagero

Year 2020 ISBN 9788366148956

Language English

Binding Softback

Pages 80

Size 25.1cm x 29.5cm

Price £16.50

In World War Two, Hungary sought to improve its mechanized capabilities. Outsourcing armoured licences to Czechoslovakia, Hungary developed a series of ‘Turán’ tanks’. Although the design proved to be lacking, colloquially being referred to as the ‘poor man's panzer’, the Turán tank family served Hungary’s armoured needs well.

Peter Mujzer’s book follows an excellent format detailing the technical development of the vehicles, followed by sections dedicated to plans and unit histories. Of interest is a section showing Turán units involved in the Siege of Budapest- enabling modellers and historians alike to deduce organisational particulars such as camouflage markings.

Verdict: Although the translation from Hungarian to English is a bit off at times, this nonetheless does not take away from the book's value in detailing an often neglected tank. A fascinating read.

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