This is the definitive history of the evolution of the feared German Panzerwaffe, from its earliest beginings to the height of its success. With rare and revealing combat reports and photographs sourced from previously unseen private and archival collections, it uncovers the technical and operational stories of the formidable armored beasts that formed the backbone of the German war machinetanks such as the Panzer I, II and 38(t).
The Germans transformed armored warfare from a lumbering and ponderous experiment in World War I, into something that could decide the outcome of conflicts. This technical and operational history is the definitive guide to the legendary Panzerwaffe, from its very infancy to the days when it made Europe its garden path at the height of Nazi German power.
About the Author
A German national, Thomas Anderson is a specialist in German armored fighting vehicles of World War II. He has spent decades researching in archives throughout Germany and the rest of Europe to discover little known facts and never previously published photographs of the might of the Panzerwaffe. A modeler, he regularly contributes to popular modeling and historical magazines across the globe including Military Modelcraft International (UK), Steel Art (Italy), Historia Militar (Spain) and Batailles & Blindes (France) as well as many others. The author lives in Uetze-Haenigsen, Germany.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Laying the foundations 16
Chapter 2 The first Panzerdivision 40
Chapter 3 From the LaS to the BW 66
Chapter 4 The Condor Legion 98
Chapter 5 1938 - Annexation of Czechoslovakia 112
Chapter 6 Fall Weiss-The invasion of Poland 124
Chapter 7 Norway: Unternehmen Weserübung 154
Chapter 8 The Western Campaign 170
Chapter 9 Between the Campaigns 212
Chapter 10 Sonnenblume - A war of logistics? 228
Chapter 11 Unternehmen Marita - The unwanted campaign 248
Chapter 12 Barbarossa-Offensive in the East 264