Panzer Operations: The Eastern Front Memoir of General Raus, 1941-1945 [NOOK Book]

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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786739707
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 516,328
  • File size: 3 MB

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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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Table of Contents

Maps
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 The Invasion of the Soviet Union 1
Ch. 2 Raseinai 14
Ch. 3 To the Russian Border 35
Ch. 4 The Gateway to Leningrad 46
Ch. 5 Moscow 85
Ch. 6 Winter War 95
Ch. 7 Outside Stalingrad 137
Ch. 8 Kharkov and Kursk 185
Ch. 9 Belgorod and Kharkov 213
Ch. 10 Battles for the Ukraine 248
Ch. 11 The Battle for Lvov 274
Ch. 12 East Prussia 294
Ch. 13 Pomerania 318
Ch. 14 Final Thoughts of a Soldier 341
App The Life and Career of Erhard Raus 349
Index 355
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2005

    military history at its finest

    THIS IS A REAL PIECE OF MILITARY HISTORY. YOU ALMOST FEEL LIKE YOU ARE THERE BECAUSE YOU ARE RIGHT THERE ON THE SIDE LINES BEING A PART OF HISTORY INSTEAD OF JUST READING IT. THIS BOOK HAS SOME GREAT DETAIL AND MAPS AND THE GENERAL HAS DONE A WONDERFUL JOB GOING OVER SOME OF HIS FORMER BATTLES. MAKES A GREAT FOR A GOOD FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER.

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