Panzer Divisions: The Eastern Front 1941-43

Panzer Divisions: The Eastern Front 1941-43

by Pier Paolo Battistelli

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Panzer Divisions: The Eastern Front 1941-43 by Pier Paolo Battistelli

On June 22, 1941 when Germany attacked the Soviet Union, her Panzer divisions were to play a major role in this titanic struggle. At its peak, 19 out of the 21 existing Panzer Divisions were deployed against the Soviets. Although overwhelmed by Soviet numbers, the superior skill and capability of the German Panzer divisions meant that in three months the Germans, with the Panzers as their spearhead had advanced deep into Soviet territory, inflicting terrible losses on the Soviets. However, after these initial successes the German offensive began to falter, culminating in the disastrous defeat at Kursk.

In this book, the organizational history of the Panzer divisions is covered, from the early successes of 1941 through to the dramatic re-organization of the Panzer Divisions and the introduction of revised Blitzkrieg tactics as the war began to turn and the Panzer divisions experienced their first taste of defeat. Pier Paolo Battistellii examines the impact of the introduction of the Panther tank shortly before the final failure at Kursk, and goes on to explain the evolution of German armored doctrine, tactics and the command system, providing a detailed overview of the major combat actions of the Panzer Divisions on the Eastern Front.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846033384
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/21/2008
Series: Battle Orders Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Pier Paolo Battistelli earned his PhD in military history at the University of Padua. A scholar of German and Italian politics and strategy throughout World War II, he works both in Italy and abroad writing titles and essays on military history subjects. A contributor to the Italian Army Historical Office, he is currently revising his PhD thesis, 'The War of the Axis: German and Italian Military Partnership in World War Two, 1939-1943', for publication.

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