Heinz Guderian: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of history

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This book gives a focused, military biography of Heinz Guderian, perhaps the most highly respected German tank commander of World War II. Guderian was a typical product of the Prussian military elite; the son of a general in the army, there was little doubt that he would follow in his father's footsteps.

Some consider Guderian to be the founding father of blitzkrieg warfare, and he certainly brought the whole concept to public attention and prominence, chiefly through the ...

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Overview

This book gives a focused, military biography of Heinz Guderian, perhaps the most highly respected German tank commander of World War II. Guderian was a typical product of the Prussian military elite; the son of a general in the army, there was little doubt that he would follow in his father's footsteps.

Some consider Guderian to be the founding father of blitzkrieg warfare, and he certainly brought the whole concept to public attention and prominence, chiefly through the publication of his book Achtung Panzer in 1937. He commanded the XIX Motorized) Army Corps in the 1939 Polish campaign, and Panzergruppe Guderian during Operation Barbarossa. In March 1943 he became chief inspector of the Panzer forces, but even the great tank commander could achieve little more than to delay the inevitable defeat of Germany.

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"This is a very nice reference book that is well-researched, well-written, and contains many interesting photographs. It will make a nice addition to anyone’s personal library, and benefits the military enthusiast." - Randy Harvey, Armorama
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849083669
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Series: Command Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 792,679
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Pier Paolo Battistelli earned his PhD in military history at the University of Padua. A scholar of German and Italian politics and strategy throughout World War II, he is active in Italy and abroad writing titles and essays on military history subjects. A contributor to the Italian Army Historical Office, he is currently revising his PhD thesis for publication: The War of the Axis: German and Italian Military Partnership in World War Two, 1939-1943.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Early years 5

Military life 8

Hour of destiny 13

Opposing commanders 46

When war is done 54

Inside the mind 55

A life in words 58

Further reading 63

Index 64

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