Germany's Panzer Arm

Overview

No 20th century military organization has been as widely studied as the German army of World War II. Nevertheless, there are almost no truly integrated studies of the panzer or armor branch, dealing with the organizational, economic, personnel, doctrinal, and tactical factors that affected the panzer arM's performance. DiNardo fills that gap in this detailed examination of the panzer arm from Weimar through the end of World War II.

Drawing upon German military documents as well ...

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Overview

No 20th century military organization has been as widely studied as the German army of World War II. Nevertheless, there are almost no truly integrated studies of the panzer or armor branch, dealing with the organizational, economic, personnel, doctrinal, and tactical factors that affected the panzer arM's performance. DiNardo fills that gap in this detailed examination of the panzer arm from Weimar through the end of World War II.

Drawing upon German military documents as well as memoirs, battle reports, and other materials, DiNardo provides a new look at the rise and decline of one of the most important parts of Germany's military machine. Important insights can be gained by examining the nuts and bolts of the army's expansion and its absorption of two foreign armies. This complete analysis of the German panzer arm also provides a microcosmic view of Nazi Germany at war. As such the book is invaluable for all researchers involved with the study of World War II and Nazi Germany.

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A study of the organization and reorganization of the German panzer division between 1933 and 1945. Examines factors that influenced German divisional organization and the performance of the panzer arm, such as equipment, personnel, policies, training, and doctrine, and analyzes the positive and negative aspects of German organization and how these affected operational performance in the field. Concentrates on nuts and bolts aspects of the German Army's expansion and its absorption of two foreign armies, rather than on specific battles and campaigns. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313301780
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Series: Contributions in Military Studies Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

R. L. DiNARDO is a Professor of History at Saint Peter's College and has taught at the Air War College.

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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Equipment and Economy 5
Ch. 2 Personnel Policies and the Panzer Arm 41
Ch. 3 Military Training 55
Ch. 4 Doctrine: Correcting the Myths 73
Ch. 5 German Divisional Organization 95
Ch. 6 Conclusion 125
Bibliography 131
Index 149
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