Kozitsyn Vyacheslav Publishing is a new company who has just entered the arena of WWII books, and decided to start with a photo collection of German vehicles on the Eastern Front during the last year of the war.
The book is a softcover, A4 landscape format. It has 96 pages and has been printed on a good quality satin paper.
Photos are usually clear and crisp, with sizes that vary from one to four on each page, the bigger ones with no loss of detail, and all of them profusely captioned. Most of the photos occupy a whole page, which allows to see a lot of details.
This volume focuses on the last year of war on the Eastern Front, sourcing the photos from several Russian archives and private collections.
Authors are Alexander Tomzov, Alexey Nechaev, Victor Ukhov and Sergey Malina. Lee Archer has reviewed the English translation, and Mirko Bayerl helped with the photos in Hungary.
Colour artwork, in the form of one full page illustration of a StuH 42 and several small tactical markings, is from Alexey Stefanov.
There is no narrative other than an introduction on the first page, the rest of the pages are exclusively for the photos and their captions. These captions provide a good amount of information, identifying whenever possible the vehicle and variant, unit and time and place where the photo was taken.
All photos have an identifier for the archive where they come from.
The book is structured in different sections for a number of geographical areas, all of the Eastern Front and last year of the war:
- Poland and Danzig
- Stettin Area
- The Advance into Germany
- Picturesque Austria
- The end of the war in Czechoslovakia
All the photos show vehicles out of action, so the format is similar to Panzerwrecks series.
The vehicles depicted are representative of the last year of the war, with Panther, Pz. Kpfw. IV, Hetzer, Jagdpanzer IV, but there are also some interesting vehicles shown, like Vomag Flak36, Sd. Kfz. 234/2 Puma or a Bergepanzer III.
In most of the photos, the vehicle fills almost all the frame, maximizing the details.
Another interesting feature of the book is that it provides several photos of the same vehicle or area. Photographers rarely take isolated photos, they rather do series either to choose the best or in case they fail. In this book, it allows to see different angles of vehicles, with their camo, or different vehicles from the same unit.
Some photos include a QR code that can be read with a mobile and takes you to the location of the photo. Seems like a smart decision, so it does not take space for the photos while still provides the information taking advantage of the new technologies.
Although not strictly in the book, it is worth to mention that their website has a list of all vehicles included, plus a map with the known locations of the photographs.
You can check it here
This book contains an excellent collection of previously unseen photos (at least for me), with a wide range of German armour subjects. Photos are large, clear and well reproduced.
There are also some nice details like links to location for several photos, or having more than one photo of the same vehicle or area.