Heinz Guderian (18881954) 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.
Panzer Leaderby Heinz Guderian, Kenneth Macksey (Introduction), Basil Henry Liddell Hart (Foreword by)
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, Franceand, very neatly, Russiaat the war's outset. But in 1941, when
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, Franceand, very neatly, Russiaat 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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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.
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.
The nazi-germany army could easily be defeated by The United States Army of today. So why read books like this?