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Panzer Operations: The Eastern Front Memoir of General Raus, 1941-1945
     

Panzer Operations: The Eastern Front Memoir of General Raus, 1941-1945

by Erhard Raus, Steven H. Newton
 

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German general Erhard Raus was one of the most talented commanders to fight on the Eastern Front in Russia, where he was eventually appointed to army group command in early 1945. By the time the war ended, Raus had established a reputation as one of the German army's foremost tacticians of armored warfare, which made him a prized capture by U.S. Army intelligence.

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German general Erhard Raus was one of the most talented commanders to fight on the Eastern Front in Russia, where he was eventually appointed to army group command in early 1945. By the time the war ended, Raus had established a reputation as one of the German army's foremost tacticians of armored warfare, which made him a prized capture by U.S. Army intelligence. In American captivity, Raus wrote a detailed memoir of his service in Russia. His battlefield experience and keen tactical eye makes his memoir especially valuable.The Raus memoir-now translated, compiled, and edited by prominent World War II historian Steven H. Newton-covers the Russian campaign from the first day of the war to his being relieved of his command at Hitler's order in the spring of 1945. It includes a detailed examination of Raus's 6th Panzer Division's drive to Leningrad, his experiences in the Soviet winter counteroffensive around Moscow, the unsuccessful attempt to relieve Stalingrad and the final desperate battles inside Germany at the end of the war.

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Choice
Newton's book deserves to be read by everyone with a burning interest in WWII.
Foreign Affairs
Raus was one of the Wehrmacht's most accomplished generals, and his memoirs are a welcome addition to the literature on World War II. Raus entered Russia in June 1941 as a brigade commander in Germany's sixth Panzer division and quickly led his troops to the outskirts of Leningrad. Even after the German invasion faltered, his career prospered; by the end of 1943, Raus was in command of the fourth Panzer army. As Germany's position deteriorated, he moved from one army to another, until his failed effort to defend Pomerania resulted in his dismissal. (He delivered the bad tiding to Hitler himself, "physically broken-down, embittered and suspicious.") This account was mostly written after the war, and excerpts were later used for U.S. military training. Newton has performed a valuable service by reassembling and translating the original into a vivid account of operations and an insightful study of how the German army showed such tactical aptitude even when saddled with bad strategy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306814099
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
01/31/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Steven H. Newton is Professor of History at Delaware State University. His previous books on World War II include Kursk: The German View and Retreat from Leningrad.

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