By Robert Kirchubel
Hitler's panzer armies spearheaded the blitzkrieg at the japanese entrance. They performed a key position in each significant crusade, now not easily as tactical instruments but in addition as operational guns that formed technique. Their impressive triumphs and their eventual defeat mirrors the destiny of German forces within the East. And but no earlier learn has targeting the background of those elite formations within the sour fight opposed to the Soviet Union. Robert Kirchubel's soaking up and meticulously researched account of the operational heritage of the panzer armies fills this hole within the literature. And it provides a picture perception into the association, strategies, scuffling with equipment and morale of the Wehrmacht on the top of its powers and because it struggled to guard the Reich.
Using German resources, together with many first-hand debts obvious for the 1st time in English, the writer reconstructs the operations of the panzer armies from the release of Operation Barbarossa in 1941 to the German cave in in may perhaps 1945. He follows each one military and its males throughout the sequence of big offensives and counteroffensives that swung throughout an unlimited entrance that stretched from the Baltic within the north to the Caucasus within the south. Their far-reaching campaigns integrated the ill-fated attack on Moscow, anti-partisan operations within the Balkans and the safety of Germany¹s place of origin. His learn is a precious addition to the heritage of the Nazi-Soviet clash and to figuring out the half performed through armored formations on the earth conflict as a complete. it truly is soaking up analyzing.
Robert Kirchubel lately retired from the U.S. military as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving in Armor Officer positions starting from tank platoon chief to appearing commander of a mechanized brigade. he's a university-trained historian and at present teaches army technology at Purdue collage in Indiana. He has made a different examine of armored struggle and the conflict at the jap entrance, and has lately released a three-volume account of Operation Barbarossa. He has additionally written on different facets of the second one international conflict in Europe and the Pacific, and he has contributed to The foreign army Encyclopedia.
"an very good booklet, readable, and fast-paced, telling the total tale of the Panzer armies' advances and finally, their defeat." army Scale Modeler, 02/2010
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Balkans: Second Panzer Army 13. Defense of the Ukraine (East): First and Fourth Panzer Armies 14. Defense of the Ukraine (West): First and Fourth Panzer Armies 15. Defense of Hungary and Czechoslovakia: First Panzer Army 16. Defense of the Baltics: Third Panzer Army 17. Defense of Poland and the Reich: Third and Fourth Panzer Armies Key to Maps Map 1 Map 2 Map 3 Map 4 Map 5 Map 6 Map 7 Map 8 Map 9 Map 10 Map 11 Map 12 Map 13 Map 14 Map 15 Map 16 Map 17 Introduction This book tells the story of Germany’s panzer armies in action during the Nazi-Soviet War from 1941-45.
Initiative passed to the Soviets and, despite retaining their fearsome-sounding names, panzer armies often ceased to be operational maneuver weapons and instead merely occupied ground. They lost most unique qualities and, in numerous cases, did not even have any panzer or mechanized formations under their command. 11This one comment proved to be a harbinger of both the panzer army’s success and decline. Chapter 1 Group von Kleist as Precursor The Panzerwaffe’s baptism of fire came in Poland. With a greater than four–to–one superiority in tanks and numerous other German advantages, it is no wonder that the blitzkrieg through Poland was successful.
So far, the panzers had not played a critical role; marching infantry could have almost moved as fast through the Ardennes and across the Meuse. But now, free of the narrow confines of the forest and river valley, von Kleist s panzers began to move faster than even their own high command could tolerate. With events on the ground happening at a tempo within the Boyd Loop of their own plans, the Germans became apprehensive of their own success and put the brakes on von Kleist s panzers. At his Second Army headquarters, Huntziger assumed von Kleist would now wheel left and roll up the Maginot Line from the north.