Panzers in the Sand, Volume Two: 1942-45: The History of Panzer-Regiment 5

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  • Combat history of a renowned German tank regiment in World War II
  • Follows the unit from the sands of North Africa to the bloody cauldron of the Eastern Front, where it was repeatedly destroyed and reconstituted
  • Numerous firsthand accounts from tank commanders and crews
  • Illustrations include photos, graphs, organizational charts, and maps
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Panzers in the Sand Volume Two: The History of Panzer-Regiment 5, 1942-45

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Overview

  • Combat history of a renowned German tank regiment in World War II
  • Follows the unit from the sands of North Africa to the bloody cauldron of the Eastern Front, where it was repeatedly destroyed and reconstituted
  • Numerous firsthand accounts from tank commanders and crews
  • Illustrations include photos, graphs, organizational charts, and maps
  • Sequel to Panzers in the Sand, Vol. 1, 1935ñ41 (978-0-8117-0723-7)
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Military Modelcraft
cracking read -- a mixture of good old-fashioned military history, personal anecdotes and technical information."
Military Modelcraft International
"A cracking read -- a mixture of good old-fashioned military history, personal anecdotes and technical information."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811707732
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 4/30/2011
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 744,325
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernd Hartmann served with Panzer-Regiment 5 throughout World War II. He lives in Germany.
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  • Posted August 6, 2011

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    A very well written regimental history!

    Following up on his earlier Panzers in the Sand, Vol. One 1935-41, Bernd Hartmann continues the story of Panzer Regiment 5 in Panzers in the Sand, Vol. Two 1942-45. As with the first volume, this book was originally published in German in 2002 and has now been published in English by Stackpole Books. Within its 290 pages are more than 285 photographs, along with many charts and tables. The quality of the photos is very good.? In following with the same format at Volume One, each chapter begins with text and a scattering of photos and charts where relevant. The end of each chapter is comprised of numerous photos that go with the chapter text. The first two chapters discuss the regiment's role in the North Africa battles culiminating with the surrender of the Afrika Korps in May 1943. These two chapters alone take up half of the book. First hand accounts by former regiment members describe how the conditions were including food and equipment. They provide a nice addition to the author's text. With the demise of Panzer Regiment 5 in North Africa, the next final three chapter cover it's reincarnation as Panzer Abeilung 5 and its battles on the Eastern and Western Fronts. More first hand accounts combined with the author's text make these chapters just as interesting and informative as the first two. The book finishes with several appendices which cover regimental/abteilung commanders, Knight's Cross recipients, German Cross in Gold recipients, logistics, Panzer Ersatz Abteilung 5, personnel of the regiment reassigned to I./Panzer Lehr Regiment 130, uniform, and documents/decorations/awards. The appendices alone contain lots of valuable information and photos and are well worth the read. I really enjoyed this book, probably a bit more so than Volume One which I thought was quite good in its own right. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in military history, especially the armored vehicle enthusiasts.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Highly recommended for modellers and historians!!

    I have had the great pleasure in reading the Volume Two of Panzers in the Sand by Bernd Hartmann.
    Volume two begins where Volume one left off.The year is now 1942 and the 5th Panzer regiment is still in North Africa and they are down to about 4% of their intial alotted strength.In 1942 they will be refitted and will be accompaniying the 21st Panzer Division.
    The first two chapters follow the unit through it trials and tribulations in North Africa until its final demise in 1943.
    Chapter 3 begins with the unit being reformed into Panzer Abteilung 5 and instead of being issued tanks they are reformed with assault guns.
    The unit will also be moving from North Africa to the Eastern Front.They arrive in the Orscha area on the 10th of October now ready to do battle with thr Russian Red Army.The 5th P anzer would remain battling the Red Army until the end of the war.
    Overall I found this book to be very informative.I loved how they had first hand account of day to day operations of the unit.I also think modellers will enjoy the vast amount of picture which could be used to recreate dioramas.Historians will enjoy this book as it has tons of information pertanent which might not be found in other books.
    Overall this book was very enjoyable and very informative.
    I would highly recommend this book to those looking to expand their knowledge on this subject matter.

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