Ghost Division: The 11th

Ghost Division: The 11th "Gespenster" Panzer Division and the German Armored Force

by A. Harding Ganz


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Nicknamed the "Ghost Division" because of its speed and habit of turning up where its enemies least expected, the German 11th Panzer Division wreaked havoc in the East and West in World War II, playing a pivotal role in some of the biggest engagements, including Barbarossa, Stalingrad, Kursk, and the West. • Detailed reconstruction of the 11th Panzer Division's wartime exploits • Explores the role played by the German Wehrmacht's panzer force during World War II, its tactical prowess, and tenacity of its soldiers • Draws on archival sources as well as interviews and correspondence with veterans

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811716598
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication date: 01/01/2016
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 902,228
Product dimensions: 8.36(w) x 10.19(h) x 1.22(d)

About the Author

Born in New York City, A. Harding Ganz is professor emeritus at Ohio State University. He served as a tank platoon leader in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany in the 1960s and earned his master’s from Columbia University and his doctorate from Ohio State. He has written for publications such as Armor magazine and the Journal of Military History. He lives in Newark, Ohio, near Columbus.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations v

List of Maps vi

Preface vii

A Note on German Terminology and Unit Nomenclature viii

Glossary ix

Chapter 1 Antecedents 1

Chapter 2 Origins of the Panzerwaffe 9

Chapter 3 The First Operations 18

Chapter 4 The French Campaign 27

Chapter 5 Formation of the 11. Panzer-Division 37

Chapter 6 The Serbian Campaign 47

Chapter 7 Operation Barbarossa 57

Chapter 8 Barbarossa: Exploitation 70

Chapter 9 Operation Taifun 81

Chapter 10 Russian Winter: 1941-42 91

Chapter 11 Operations BT.AU and Wirbelwind 105

Chapter 12 Battles of the River Chir 118

Chapter 13 Back to the Donets 129

Chapter 14 Kharkov Counterattack 142

Chapter 15 Interlude: Spring 1943 152

Chapter 16 Preparations for Operation Zitadelle 162

Chapter 17 Zitadelle: The German Offensive 171

Chapter 18 Zitadelle: The Russian Counteroffensive 181

Chapter 19 The Kessel of Graivoron 189

Chapter 20 Defense of the Dnepr 203

Chapter 21 Cherkassy-Korsun Kessel 214

Chapter 22 From Russia to Southern France 225

Chapter 23 Rhonetal 238

Chapter 24 From Lyon to the Burgundian Gate 252

Chapter 25 The German Recovery 260

Chapter 26 Counterattack in Lorraine 269

Chapter 27 Linear Defense in Lorraine 279

Chapter 28 Mobile Defense in Lorraine 287

Chapter 29 Defense of the Saar 297

Chapter 30 Eifel and Orscholzriegel 306

Chapter 31 Defense of the Rhine 316

Chapter 32 Erom Germany to Czechoslovakia 326

Chapter 33 The Gespenster-Division Dismounts 334

Chapter 34 Epilogue 344

Appendix A Table of Comparative Ranks 351

Appendix B 11. Panzer-Division Units and Commanders, 1940-45 353

Appendix C 11. Panzer-Division Units and Commanders in the West, 1944-45 355

Appendix D 11. Panzer-Division: Die Ritterkreuzträger 357

Notes 360

Bibliography 396

Index 402

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