Panzer Leader

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General Heinz Guderian’s revolutionary strategic vision and his skill in armored combat brough Germany its initial victories during World War II. Combining Guderian’s land offensive with Luftwaffe attacks, the Nazi Blitzkrieg decimated the defenses of Poland, Norway, France—and, very neatly, Russia—at the war’s outset. But in 1941, when Guderian advised that ground forces should take a step back, Hitler dismissed him. In these pages, the outspoken general shares his candid point of view on what would have led ...
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Overview


General Heinz Guderian’s revolutionary strategic vision and his skill in armored combat brough Germany its initial victories during World War II. Combining Guderian’s land offensive with Luftwaffe attacks, the Nazi Blitzkrieg decimated the defenses of Poland, Norway, France—and, very neatly, Russia—at the war’s outset. But in 1941, when Guderian advised that ground forces should take a step back, Hitler dismissed him. In these pages, the outspoken general shares his candid point of view on what would have led Germany to victory, and what ensured that it didn’t. In addition to providing a rare inside look at key members of the Nazi party, Guderian reveals in detail how he developed the Panzer tank forces and orchestrated their various campaigns, from the break through at Sedan to his drive to the Channel coast that virtually decided the Battle of France. Panzer Leaderbecame a bestseller within one year of its original publication in 1952 and has since been recognized as a classic account of the greatest conflict of our time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306811012
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 487,553
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Meet the Author


Heinz Guderian (1888–1954) rose through the ranks of the German military to become chief of the general staff. He was also the author of Achtung, Panzer! and With the Tanks in the East and West.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 11
1. Background and Youth 16
2. The Creation of the German Armoured Force 18
3. Hitler at the Peak of his Power 47
1938. The Blomberg-Fritsch crisis 47
The Incorporation of Austria into the Reich 49
The Incorporation of the Sudetenland into the Reich 57
The Situation Deteriorates Once Again 60
4. The Beginning of the Disaster 64
The Drift to War 64
The Polish Campaign 65
Between the Campaigns 84
5. The Campaign in the West 89
Preparations for the Campaign 89
The Break-through to the Channel 98
The Capture of the Channel Ports 114
Hitler's Momentous Order to Stop 117
The Break-through to the Swiss Border 120
The Armistice 135
6. The Campaign in Russia, 1941 140
The Background 140
Preparations 145
Opening Operations 152
Crossing the Dnieper 167
Smolensk--Elnya--Roslavl 174
Moscow or Kiev? 189
The Battle of Kiev 202
The Battles of Orel and Bryansk 226
The Advance to Tula and Moscow 242
My First Dismissal 264
7. On Inactive Service 272
8. The Development of the Armoured Force, January 1942 to February 1943 276
9. Inspector-General of Armoured Troops 284
Appointment and First Actions 284
Dr. Goerdeler's Visits 300
'Operation Citadel' 302
Disagreements during the Second Half of 1943 312
The Year of Decision 327
10. July 20th and its Sequel 338
11. Chief of the General Staff 351
Operations on the Eastern Front 373
The Ardennes Offensive 379
Defensive Preparations in the East 381
The Russian Offensive 389
12. The Final Collapse 425
13. Leading Personalities of the Third Reich 430
Hitler 430
The Party 444
The National and District Controllers 449
Hitler's Intimate Circle 451
The Government 452
14. The German General Staff 454
'To Be or Not to Be, That is the Question!' 466
Index 525
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2006

    When compentence doesn't matter

    It is an extraordinary book that tells an extraordinary story of an extraordinary man. And that tell us about the end and the destruction of Germany from inside. Many lessons can be learn from this book: 1) the value of competence, that is the value of the author, 2) the value of innovation, that is the introducion of armoured mobile force in warfare, 3) the social mechanism of organization, i.e. the functioning of german Army during 2WW, 4) a first hand insight of the Nazi state and of the personality of its leaders, 5) the causes of the destrucion of Germany during 2WW. Eventually, a book that can tell the reader a lot of different stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2005

    Excellent excellent excellent!!!

    This book tells it how it is. From a German's perspective, it goes down to the very last detail of what happens in a situation and why it happens. Guderian was a completely sane person and was NOT a brainwashed nazi officer like most others were in the high command. In the beginning, he predicts everything that would happen from the war with the western powers, to the 2 front war, to the lack of supplies and materials, to the collapse of the third reich. He quotes conversations directly with Hitler and himself and tells how Hitler admits Guderian's correctness in the beginning and his regret of not listening to him when it could have made a world a difference. If you're a WW2 fanatic such as I, this book is one you will enjoy very much.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    The nazi-germany army could easily be defeated by The United Sta

    The nazi-germany army could easily be defeated by The United States Army of today. So why read books like this?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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