The History of the Panzerwaffe: Volume I: 1939-42

The History of the Panzerwaffe: Volume I: 1939-42

by Thomas Anderson


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The History of the Panzerwaffe: Volume I: 1939-42 by Thomas Anderson

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 machine—tanks 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472808127
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/22/2015
Series: General Military Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 348,422
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.50(d)

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

Introduction 6

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

Index 300

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