Panzer Commander Hermann Balck

Author: Stephen Robinson

Publisher: Exisle Publishing

ISBN: 1775594211

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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Panzer Commander Hermann Balck is an intriguing history of one of the world’s greatest armoured warfare commanders. During World War II, Balck directed panzer troops from the front line and led by example, putting himself in extreme danger when rallying his soldiers to surge forward. He fought battles that were masterpieces of tactical operations, utilising speed, surprise and a remarkable ability to motivate his men to achieve what they considered to be impossible. We follow his exciting journey through the fields of France, the mountains of Greece and the steppes of Russia. In Greece, through flair and innovative leadership, his soldiers overcome every obstacle to defeat determined Australian and New Zealand soldiers defending the narrow mountain passes. This is also the story of a cultured and complex man with a great love of antiquity and classical literature, who nevertheless willingly fought for Hitler’s Third Reich while remaining strangely detached from the horrors around him.

Panzer Commander

Author: Mark Cohen

Publisher: Sybex

ISBN: 9780782123678

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 228

View: 6202


Designed to please hard core military simulation fans, this World War II game also retains a strong "fun factor" for more casual gamers. Loaded with developer secrets, this official guide contains maps and comprehensive strategies for all 150 single-player scenarios.

The Panzer Legions

Author: Samuel W. Mitcham

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313316401

Category: History

Page: 312

View: 7390


A reference guide to each panzer division in the German Army from inception to destruction.

Spaniards in the Holocaust

Author: David Wingeate Pike

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134587139

Category: History

Page: 469

View: 3600


This important work focuses on the experience of the large Spanish contingent within the Mauthausen concentration camp, one of the least known but most terrible in Nazi Germany. An outstanding contribution to the literature of the Holocaust.

Death of the Leaping Horseman

Author: Jason D. Mark

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 1461750865

Category: History

Page: 560

View: 827


Revised edition of a rare account of a German armored division in combat at the epic Battle of Stalingrad. Day-by-day story of the 24th Panzer Division's savage fighting in the streets of Stalingrad in 1942 Eyewitness accounts from participants reveal the brutality of this battle Photos from official archives, private collections, and veterans--most of them never seen before Used copies of the out-of-print earlier edition sell for more than $900 A treasure trove for historians, buffs, modelers, and wargamers

The Death of Hitler's War Machine

Author: Mitcham W. Samuel

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1684511844

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 7219


It was the endgame for Hitler's Reich. In the winter of 1944–45, Germany staked everything on its surprise campaign in the Ardennes, the “Battle of the Bulge.” But when American and Allied forces recovered from their initial shock, the German forces were left fighting for their very survival—especially on the Eastern Front, where the Soviet army was intent on matching, or even surpassing, Nazi atrocities. At the mercy of the Fuehrer, who refused to acknowledge reality and forbade German retreats, the Wehrmacht was slowly annihilated in horrific battles that have rarely been adequately covered in histories of the Second World War—especially the brutal Soviet siege of Budapest, which became known as the “Stalingrad of the Waffen-SS.” Capping a career that has produced more than forty books, Dr. Samuel W. Mitcham now tells the extraordinary tale of how Hitler’s once-dreaded war machine came to a cataclysmic end, from the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944 to the German surrender in May 1945. Making use of German wartime papers and memoirs—some rarely seen in English-language sources—Mitcham’s sweeping narrative deserves a place on the shelf of every student of World War II.

Battle of the Bulge 1944 (2)

Author: Steven J. Zaloga

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472800133

Category: History

Page: 217

View: 5844


The Ardennes offensive in December 1944, known to history as the “Battle of the Bulge”, was the decisive campaign of the war in North-West Europe. When the attack in the north by 6th Panzer Army failed, Hitler switched the focus of the offensive to General Manteuffel's 5th Panzer Army farther south. Overwhelming the green US 106th Division, German Panzers flooded towards the River Meuse. Barring their way was the crossroads town of Bastogne, reinforced at the last minute by the paratroopers of the 101st Airborne, the 'Screaming Eagles”. The stage was set for one of the epic struggles of the war – the battle for Bastogne.

In the Presence of Mine Enemies

Author: Harry Turtledove

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0575121548

Category: Fiction

Page: 454

View: 7820


Heinrich Gimpel is a respected officer with the Oberkommando Wehrmachts office in Berlin. His wife is a common hausfrau, raising his three precious daughters the same way he was raised - to be loyal, unquestioning citizens of the Third Reich, obedient to the will of the Führer. But Heinrich Gimpel has a secret. He is not, in fact, a member of the Master Race. He has been living a lie to protect his true identity as a Jew - and he's not alone. Throughout Berlin, Jews survive in secrecy...doing their jobs, caring for their families, maintaining the facade of perfect Aryans, and praying they will not be discovered. But a change is coming. And soon they will be forced to choose between safety and freedom...

Bloody Verrieres: The I. SS-Panzerkorps Defence of the Verrieres-Bourguebus Ridges

Author: Arthur W. Gullachsen

Publisher: Casemate

ISBN: 1636240038

Category: History

Page: 312

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South of the Norman city of Caen, the twin features of the Verrières and Bourguebus ridges were key stepping stones for the British Second Army in late July 1944—taking them was crucial if it was to be successful in its attempt to break out of the Normandy bridgehead. To capture this vital ground, Allied forces would have to defeat arguably the strongest German armored formation in Normandy: the I. SS-Panzerkorps “Leibstandarte." The resulting battles of late July and early August 1944 saw powerful German defensive counterattacks south of Caen inflict tremendous casualties, regain lost ground and at times defeat Anglo-Canadian operations in detail. Viewed by the German leadership as militarily critical, the majority of its armored assets were deployed to dominate this excellent tank country east of the Orne river. These defeats and the experience of meeting an enemy with near-equal resources exposed a flawed Anglo-Canadian offensive tactical doctrine that was overly dependent on the supremacy of its artillery forces. Furthermore, weaknesses in Allied tank technology inhibited their armored forces from fighting a decisive armored battle, forcing Anglo-Canadian infantry and artillery forces to further rely on First World War “Bite and Hold” tactics, massively supported by artillery. Confronted with the full force of the Panzerwaffe, Anglo-Canadian doctrine at times floundered. In response, the Royal Artillery and Royal Canadian Artillery units pummeled the German tankers and grenadiers, but despite their best efforts, ground could not be captured by concentrated artillery fire alone. This is a detailed account of the success of I. SS-Panzerkorps' defensive operations, aimed at holding the Vèrrieres-Bourgebus ridges in late July 1944.

Kursk 1943

Author: Ian Baxter

Publisher: Casemate

ISBN: 1612007082

Category: History

Page: 129

View: 1024


An illustrated history of World War II’s largest tank battle that went down near the Russian city. In the summer of 1943, Nazi Germany launched Operation Zitadelle (Citadel), aimed at cutting off Soviet forces in the Kursk salient. This offensive resulted in the Battle of Kursk. Kursk quickly became a fierce contest of attrition, as Wehrmacht and elite Waffen-SS Panzer-Divisions with their powerful Tiger and Panther tanks unsuccessfully tried to hammer their way through the intricate lines of strong Soviet defensive positions. What followed was unabated fighting for two weeks as German units were slowly and systematically ground down in a series of brutal armored battles. During this ferocious fighting the Red Army savagely contested every foot of ground, finally ending German invincibility forever. For the first time in its short history, the blitzkrieg concept had failed. The reverberations caused by the defeat at Kursk were immense, and never again did the German war machine go on the offensive in the East. Stiff defensive action was now the stratagem placed upon the dwindling Panzerwaffe right to the gates of Berlin. With comprehensive captions and text, Kursk 1943 tells the story of this dramatic battle using rare and unpublished photographs, maps, and highly detailed artist profiles. The book reveals the events leading up to the battle in the first half of 1943 and the buildup of forces by both sides before their climatic showdown at Kursk.