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Book Review of

"Krupp Protze Lorry"

By Patrick Keenan - Editor

 

Basic Item Information

Title

Krupp Protze Lorry

Author

Alan Ranger

Publisher

MMP Books

ISBN

978-83-65958-79-2

Media

Soft Cover Book

Number of Pages

80 Pages
Number of Photographs 150 Black/White Photos

Text Language

English

Retail Price

$25 USD

Reviewer

Patrick Keenan - Editor

Review Date

November 10, 2020

Review Summary

Review Type

Full Read 

Basic Positive Features All of the photos provided in the book have never been published before.
Basic Negative Features None

Recommendation

A "Must Have"

Photos

                        

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Detailed Review

This review is of the new book "Krupp Protze Lorry” authored by Alan Ranger and published by MMP Books.  The book is the 22nd release in MMP's "Camera On" Series of books. The review copy was provided by WarWheels sponsor Casemate Publishers.

The subject of the book is the different versions and variants of the German Krupp L 2 H 43 and L 2 H 143 “Protze” 6x4 light truck series. Those “Lorries” were built between 1934 and 1941 and used throughout World War Two.  The official Protze variants covered in the book are:

  • Kfz. 19 Fernsprechtbetriebskraftwagen mit Fahrgestell des I.glLkw. (Field Telephone Exchange Van)
  • Kfz. 19 Funkwagen (Late) (Radio Communications Vehicle)
  • Kfz. 68 Funkmastkraftwagen (Radio Aerial Mast Vehicle)
  • *Kfz. 69 Protzkraftwagen mit Fahrgestell des I.giLkw (Light Prime Mover)
  • *Kfz. 70 Mannschaftkraftwagen mit Fahrgestell des I.giLkw (Cargo & Troop Carrier)
  • Kfz. 83 Leichter Scheinwerferkraftwagn I (60cm Searchlight Prime Mover Type 1)
  • Sdkfz 247 Ausf. A. Schwerer gelandegangiger gepanzerter Personenkraftwagen (Heavy Wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier)

In addition, a small number of improvised “variants” were also built on base Protze vehicles and some of them are also covered in the book.  They are:

  • 20mm FLAK 30 & 38 Weapons Carrier
  • 37mm PAK 35/36 Weapons Carrier
  • Armored 37mm PAK 35/36 Weapons Carrier
*The majority of the book is dedicated to these vehicles.

In the book’s introduction, the author states the purpose of this reference is the photographic coverage of the Protze Truck series, using unpublished photos from his personal collection.  As a result, there’s not a lot of historical information provided. This certainly is not a deal breaker to me as there are more than enough other sources available on that subject. However, Mr. Ranger does provide perfectly adequate background information of the vehicles covered so as to give the entire work a solid frame of reference.  Standing alone, it’s actually a very good summary of the vehicle series in my opinion. 

With that being said, the author does provide a bit of information that is "above and beyond" other books.  Mr. Ranger provides succinct descriptions of the visual differences between the two (2) main production “lots” (L 2 H 43 vs. L 2 H 143), which one can use to help identify vehicles from each batch.  The same goes for his descriptions of the different truck variants. Although not unique, those descriptions are not always provided in other references.

In addition, the author excels in providing very detailed captions for each photograph.  The captions contain a myriad of background details about each photograph (when available), including the area of operations, timeframe and unit(s) involved.  Mr. Ranger also provides "bonus" details about each photo including unique aspects of the vehicles/personnel shown, most notably the production batches of some of the cars as mentioned above.  

Now on to the main point of the book, the presentation of unique photographs.  This is where this reference sets itself apart from others and becomes truly unique.  The author provides approximately 150 black/white photographs that have NOT been seen in any other books.  They ALL come from his personal collection. Most of the photographs contained in the book were originally taken by service members and found their way into the author's collection, so they would all indeed be unpublished.  I did briefly scan my references covering the Protze and did NOT find any of the photos provided in this book, so the author's claim looks to be legit.

As for the quality of the photographs, they range from excellent to fair, although surprisingly most are good to very good images.  After all, the pics were taken by non-professionals, so the quality would not normally be expected to be at a professional level.  The sub-average photographs the author does include is by design as he states in the introduction, that a fair quality photograph of a unique vehicle or detail is better than none.  I wholeheartedly agree with this reasoning.

Conclusion

The new book "Krupp Protze Lorry" by author Alan Ranger, is indeed a unique and welcome addition to the plethora of references available covering these ubiquitous German World War Two era trucks.  It provides sound background information about the vehicles featured, with the addition of a very large number of unique and interesting photos never before published.  If you’re interested in this vehicle, you can’t go wrong in purchasing it.

A "Must Have".

 

Thanks to Casemate Publishers for the Review Sample.

 
Copyright: Patrick Keenan - November 2020