Blitzkrieg No Longer: The German Wehrmacht in Battle, 1943

Blitzkrieg No Longer: The German Wehrmacht in Battle, 1943

by Samuel W. Mitcham Jr.


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By 1943, the tide of World War II had started to turn against Germany. Defeated at Stalingrad, the Third Reich’s armies regrouped only to be defeated at Kursk. Elsewhere, the Germans surrendered in North Africa, met Allied invasions in Sicily and Italy, and saw their Luftwaffe and navy increasingly dominated by the Allies. The war would drag on for two more brutal years, but the end was now in sight. No longer could the Germans mount their feared blitzkrieg. Mitcham chronicles the turning-point year of 1943 with insight and drama.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811737173
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 739,530
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Samuel W. Mitcham Jr. is a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot.An internationally recognized authority on World War II and the Civil War, he has written numerous books, including Panzers in Winter, Rommel’s Desert War, Retreat to the Reich, The German Defeat in the East, Bust Hell Wide Open, and Vicksburg.He lives in Monroe, Louisiana.

Table of Contents

Introduction iv

Chapter 1 Nazi Germany and the Wehrmacht, 1933-42 1

Chapter 2 Manstein Restores the Southern Flank 19

Chapter 3 The Defeat of the German Navy 36

Chapter 4 Tunisgrad 49

Chapter 5 The Bombing Intensifies 101

Chapter 6 The State of the Wehrmacht, Spring 1943 114

Chapter 7 Hitler's Summer Offensive 125

Chapter 8 The Retreat Begins in the East 147

Chapter 9 Decay and Disarray in the Mediterranean 156

Chapter 10 The Allied Invasion of Southern Europe 172

Chapter 11 The Fall of Fascism and the Loss of Sicily 203

Chapter 12 Cracking the Floodgates: The Russian Front from 1943 to Early 1944 215

Chapter 13 The Italian Defection and the Battle of Salerno 239

Chapter 14 Salerno to the Gustav Line 261

Appendix A Table of Comparative Ranks 271

Appendix B German Staff Positions 273

Appendix C German Units, Ranks, and Strengths 274

Appendix D Characteristics of Select German and Allied Tanks 275

Appendix E Luftwaffe Aviation Units, Strengths, and Ranks 276

Notes 277

Bibliography 298

Index 310

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