German Army in World War II

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This book traces the development of the German Army during World War II. On 1 September 1939, the date of Hitler's assault on Poland, his army numbered 3,180,000 -- this figure would grow to 9,500,000, before dropping back to 7,800,000 by the time of the unconditional German surrender in May 1945. The range of specialist uniforms and equipment that were developed in response to the different demands of each theatre of war, from the days of Blitzkrieg advance to the final retreat, are all described and ...
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Overview

This book traces the development of the German Army during World War II. On 1 September 1939, the date of Hitler's assault on Poland, his army numbered 3,180,000 -- this figure would grow to 9,500,000, before dropping back to 7,800,000 by the time of the unconditional German surrender in May 1945. The range of specialist uniforms and equipment that were developed in response to the different demands of each theatre of war, from the days of Blitzkrieg advance to the final retreat, are all described and illustrated. Hitler's major campaigns in Western Europe, the Soviet Union, North Africa, and the Balkans are also summarised.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781841766164
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Series: General Military Series
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 7.72 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

German Army 1939-45 (1) Blitzkrieg
The record of the Wehrmacht 7
The high command of the army and the Wehrmacht 7
The Strategy 11
The uniform of the German Army 17
Colour plates 33
Ranks and responsibilities 43
Medals 54
Plate commentary 56
The German Army 1939-45 (2) North Africa and Balkans
The context of the North African and Balkan campaigns 61
Foreign volunteers 63
The strategy in North Africa 64
Army uniform in North Africa 67
Orders of dress 68
Uniforms and insignia of foreign volunteers 76
The strategy in the Balkans 78
Army uniform in the Balkans 82
Colour plates 83
Other insignia 102
Plate commentary 111
German Army 1939-45 (3) Eastern Front 1941-43
The context of the Eastern Front 115
The Eastern Front 1941-1943 121
Army uniform 126
Colour plates 137
Plate commentary 158
German Army 1939-45 (4) Eastern Front 1943-45
The context of the Eastern Front 1943-1945 163
Army uniform 174
Colour plates 185
Plate commentary 203
German Army 1939-45 (5) Western Front 1943-45
The context of the Western Front 1943-1945 211
The development of army units 214
Campaign summary 1943-1945 220
Army uniform 225
Colour plates 233
Plate commentary 251
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