Achtung-Panzer!: The Development of Tank Warfare

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A rare, enlightening account by an outstanding soldier reveals his thoughts and theories on armored warfare and motorized land battle--which he then put in action to devastating effect during World War Two. Guderian's treatise on the importance of tank development, and on modern mechanized technology, shows exactly why the Germans dominated land warfare in the early stage of the fighting.
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Overview

A rare, enlightening account by an outstanding soldier reveals his thoughts and theories on armored warfare and motorized land battle--which he then put in action to devastating effect during World War Two. Guderian's treatise on the importance of tank development, and on modern mechanized technology, shows exactly why the Germans dominated land warfare in the early stage of the fighting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780304352852
  • Publisher: Cassell Military
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Cassell Military Paperbacks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 433,413
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction 7
Preface 19
Introduction 23
1914. How did Positional Warfare Come About? 26
1. Lances against Machine-Guns 27
2. The March of the Infantry to the Sacrificial Altar 33
3. Trench Warfare and Barbed Wire 36
Waging War with Inadequate Weaponry 39
1. The Artillery Combat 39
2. Gas Warfare 45
The Genesis of the Tank 48
1. In Britain 48
2. In France 53
3. First Deployments, Mistakes and Misgivings 55
4. Mass Production 72
The Birth of a New Weapon 74
1. Cambrai 74
2. 1918. The German Spring Offensive. Soissons and Amiens 91
3. The End of the War. The War in the Air. Tank Warfare. Chemical Warfare. U-Boat Warfare 124
The Versailles Diktat 133
Post-War Developments Abroad 136
1. Technical Developments 136
2. Tactical Developments 140
3. Anti-Tank Defence 154
The German Mechanized Forces 160
1. The Era of the Dummy Tanks. Military Sovereignty 160
2. Armoured and Motorized Reconnaissance 163
3. Anti-Tank Detachments 165
4. Tank Forces 167
5. Motorized Infantry 171
Life in the Panzer Forces 174
The Tactics of the Panzer Forces and their Co-operation with the Other Arms 178
1. The Tactics of the Panzer Forces 178
2. The Tank Action at Villers-Bretonneux 184
3. The Tank Action at Niergnies-Seranvillers 187
4. The Co-operation of Tanks with the other Arms 188
Warfare at the Present Day 200
1. The Defensive 200
2. The Offensive 202
3. Aircraft and Tanks 207
4. Questions of Supply and Transport 207
5. The Most Recent Experience of War 209
Conclusion 212
Bibliography 213
Editors' Acknowledgments 215
Index 217
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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    If you are interested in tanks, armor tactics, leadership and a perspective of the German Army during World War II than this a book for you. Also if you are an officer in the Army in the Calvary or Armor branch it is a must read. At times the book is dry with numbers and theory; the book has it points about the development of armor and tactics leading up to World War II. There is some criticism that Guderian leveled and Hitler during the war and was one of the reasons he was relieved. Gudarian also takes a critical look at the sustianability of the German Mechanized Forces when he is assigned an Chief Inspector of Transportaion. Overall, the book should be one that enthusits of military history have on their bookshelf as well as officers in the Amry and Marines.

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