Organized and trained during 1943, the 10th ss panzer Division saw its first action in the spring of 1944 during the relief of an encircled German army on the Eastern Front. Several months later, in response to the Allied invasion at Normandy, the division returned to the West in mid-June 1944. The 10th ss briefly held off a few enemy thrusts but gradually had to fall back to Falaise, where the division escaped the Allied encirclement with no tanks and only a fraction of its men.
Panzers East and West: The German 10th SS Panzer Division from the Eastern Front to Normandy #ad - . Here the division engaged in a series of armored attacks and counterattacks against British and American forces.
Panzer Ace: The Memoirs of an Iron Cross Panzer Commander from Barbarossa to NormandyGreenhill Books #ad - The author has a fine memory and eye for detail. His account is easy to read and not technical, and adds substantially to the knowledge of how the German Panzer Arm operated in the Second World War. His memoirs are richly illustrated with contemporary photographs, including key confrontations of World War II.
After serving as a gunlayer on a Pz. Mk. Iii during barbarossa, he led a Company of Tigers at Kursk. Later he led a company of king tiger panzers at normandy and in late 1944 commanded a battle group 12 King Tigers and a flak Company against the Russians in Hungary in the rank of junior, later senior lieutenant from November 1944, his final rank.
Panzer Ace: The Memoirs of an Iron Cross Panzer Commander from Barbarossa to Normandy #ad - Only 489 of these King Tiger tanks were ever built. Richard freiherr von Rosen was a highly decorated Wehrmacht soldier and outstanding panzer commander. They were the most powerful heavy tanks to see service, and only one kind of shell could penetrate their armor at a reasonable distance. Every effort had to be made to retrieve any of them bogged down or otherwise immobilized, which led to many towing adventures.
Vitebsk: The Fight and Destruction of Third Panzer Army Die Wehrmacht im KampfCasemate #ad - Within three days, Vitebsk was encircled, with 53rd Corps trapped inside. The city of vitebsk in belarus was of strategic importance during the fighting on the Eastern Front, as it controlled the route to Minsk. His detailed account of the defense of vitebsk through the winter of 1943 into 1944, right up to the Soviet summer offensive, is a valuable firsthand account of how the operations around Vitebsk played out.
Twenty maps accompany the narrative. During this time, 3rd panzer army undertook numerous military operations to defend the area against the Soviets; they also engaged in anti-partisan operations in the area, deporting civilians accused of supporting partisans and destroying property. On june 27, the final destruction of German resistance in Vitebsk was completed.
Vitebsk: The Fight and Destruction of Third Panzer Army Die Wehrmacht im Kampf #ad - Attempts to break the encirclement failed, and resistance in the pocket broke down over the next few days. Twenty thousand germans were dead and another 10, 000 had been captured. Table of contentsforewordmaps1 the combat situation of the third panzer army in the summer of 19432 the retreat on the right wing of the third panzer army3 the soviet penetration at nevel4 the retreat of the vi corps to the panther line5 concerns about personnel6 enemy activity in the nevel breakthrough area from 18 october 19437 commencement of the soviet offensive east of vitebsk8 the critical development of the situation on the northern front, and withdrawal combat on the northeastern front9 Further developments on the front to the east of Vitebsk10 Combat and preparations for withdrawal on the northern front of the Third Panzer Army11 Suspected enemy intentions after the frost returned12 The first winter defensive battle around Vitebsk13 Regrouping at the front14 The second winter defensive battle around Vitebsk, and the first signs of the fighting to come15 Regrouping of the Third Panzer Army, and further combat on its right wing16 The removal of units from the Third Panzer Army, and the first discussion of a ‘Vitebsk fortress’17 The end of the winter defensive battles, and renewed defensive combat on the Luchesa18 The struggle of the Third Panzer Army against the designation of Vitebsk as a ‘fortress’19 Assessment of the situation in the middle of May 194420 Anti-bandit operations in the rear area of the Panzer Army21 The Soviet summer offensive of 1944: the advance against the Third Panzer Army22 Closing remarksAppendix 1: The units under the command of the Third Panzer Army between May 1943 and June 1944Appendix 2: Affi davit on anti-bandit warfareList of Heidkämper’s sources for VitebskIndex .
A task handed to 3rd Panzer Army in 1943. Otto heidkämper was chief of staff of georg-hans reinhardt's 3rd Panzer Army, Army Group Center, which was stationed around Vitebsk and Smolensk from early 1942 until June 1944.
Panzers on the Vistula: Retreat and Rout in East Prussia 1945Pen and Sword Military #ad - Acute shortages of men, but extraordinary resilience, equipment, ammunition and fuel crippled the defense, heroism and ingenuity still motivated the soldiers who were fighting for a lost cause and facing certain defeat. Then, as an infantryman, he took part in the doomed defense of Danzig and made a daring escape across the Baltic in a small boat.
This is his story, and it is the story of tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians who were caught up in the chaos and tragedy of the German retreat. Hans schäufler fought as the commander of a Jagdpanther tank destroyer in rearguard actions against the Red Army in East Prussia in 1945. His eyewitness account is one of the most revealing records we have of the experience of the collapse of the Third Reich in the east.
Panzers on the Vistula: Retreat and Rout in East Prussia 1945 #ad - As well as giving a vivid insight into the German army’s tactics as they fell back before the Soviet advance, he describes the appalling conditions and the fear and panic that gripped the city.
The 17th Waffen-SS Panzergrenadier Division "Götz von Berlichingen": An Illustrated HistorySchiffer Military History #ad - The 17th waffen-ss panzergrenadier division "götz von Berlichingen" was one of the few SS formations to be employed exclusively on the western front during World War II. Detailed operational history, maps, rare combat images, and personality profiles make this book the definitive history of "Götz von Berlichingen.
". The units of "götz von berlichingen" received praise, not only from the German high command, but also earned the respect of its Allied adversaries. In addition, the "götz von Berlichingen" division was never involved in any war crimes, or in crimes against civilians. Despite the overwhelming superiority of Allied forces, counterattacking ferociously, the units that comprised the division always managed to offer dogged resistance, and defending every foot of ground with great courage and determination.
The 17th Waffen-SS Panzergrenadier Division "Götz von Berlichingen": An Illustrated History #ad - From the time of its formation in france in 1943, the palatinate, the Saar, "Götz von Berlichingen" saw bitter and bloody fighting in Normandy, Metz, the Seine front, and later the defense of the west wall until the final battles in Germany.
The 3rd Waffen-SS Panzer Division "Totenkopf," 1939-1943: An Illustrated History, Vol.1Schiffer Military History #ad - This first of two volumes tells the story of the "totenkopf" from 1939 to 1943: from the campaign in Poland in 1939; its employment on the Western Front in 1940; to the early campaigns on the Russian Front. One of the most infamous of all waffen-ss formations, the 3rd SS-Panzer Division "Totenkopf" has always been identified as the very essence of the notorious "Black Order.
Associated with war crimes in official historiography, formed initially with personnel coming from guard units from concentration camps, the unit was nevertheless able to prove itself on the battlefield, distinguishing itself in all of the main campaigns in which it fought, from France to the Russian front.
The 3rd Waffen-SS Panzer Division "Totenkopf," 1939-1943: An Illustrated History, Vol.1 #ad - Volume one culminates in the bitter fighting on the Demjansk front and to the Kharkov counteroffensive in 1943, finally ending with Operation Zitadelle. As with all of the volumes in this series, and from the division's war diary, extracts from official reports, documents, the detailed history of the division is accompanied by many first-hand accounts, and by over 860 photographs and maps.
The 3rd Waffen-SS Panzer Division "Totenkopf," 1943-1945: An Illustrated History, Vol.2Schiffer Military History #ad - This second of two volumes analyzes the summer 1943 campaign that followed Kursk, to the fighting in the Kharkov area, until the end of the war: from its operations on the Mius front, on the Dnieper River, its transfer to the Polish front, and its subordination to IV. Ss-panzer-korps, and then its participation in the Frühlingserwachen "Spring Awakening" offensive, the fighting on the Hungarian front to liberate Budapest, until the final fighting in Austria and the surrender.
. One of the most infamous of all waffen-ss formations, the 3rd SS-Panzer-Division "Totenkopf" has always been identified as the very essence of the notorious "Black Order. Associated with war crimes in official historiography, distinguishing itself in all of the main campaigns in which it fought, the unit was nevertheless able to prove itself on the battlefield, formed initially with personnel coming from guard units from concentration camps, from France to the Russian front.
The 3rd Waffen-SS Panzer Division "Totenkopf," 1943-1945: An Illustrated History, Vol.2 #ad - The volume includes a series of appendices covering order of battle, lists of award recipients, and details of uniforms and insignia pertaining to the division.
Panzers in the Defence of Festung Posen 1945Helion and Company #ad - Despite the difficulty and sparsity of sources, the authors were able to acquire an impressive wealth of information and memoirs, as well as rich iconography. Before poland was able to regain her full political autonomy in 1990, the fighting in Poznań was described only by Zbigniew Szumowski and Stanisław Okęcki.
Sadly, they could not or would not make use of the documents in German archives. That polish city, 1945, was declared a fortress festung on january 20, occupied by the Nazis since almost the very beginning of the Second World War in 1939, and for the whole month it saw heavy fighting between Wehrmacht and Waffen SS troops and the Red Army advancing directly towards Berlin.
This is the first book in english that allows the reader to follow the street fighting in Poznań through the eyes of the Wehrmacht soldiers, documenting the story of the German armored forces engaged in the battles for the city. These, however, were poor compilations, only marginally touching upon the participation of German Wehrmacht.
Their cardinal mistake was to overestimate the strength of the forces at play especially on the German side, and the glorification of the Soviet victory, foregoing an honest analysis of the losses of human life as well as equipment on both sides. Among the garrison of the fortress a special part was played by a small heavy Panzer unit which possessed just one Tiger tank, two Panthers, one Panzer IV and a handful of Sturmgeschütze.
Panzers in the Defence of Festung Posen 1945 #ad - These authors looked upon this subject through the lenses of Soviet documentations and historiographical propaganda of their times. Panzers in defence of festung poznan 1945 by maciej Karalus and Jarosław Jerzak is the first book published in English to describe the bitter battle for Festung Poznań in 1945.
The Wehrmacht's Last Stand: The German Campaigns of 1944-1945 Modern War StudiesUniversity Press of Kansas #ad - With citino’s previous volumes, death of the wehrmacht and the wehrmacht Retreats, operations, The Wehrmacht’s Last Stand completes a uniquely comprehensive picture of the German army’s strategy, and performance against the Allies in World War II. By 1943, the war was lost, and most German officers knew it.
The wehrmacht’s last stand analyzes the german totenritt, or “death ride, the collapse of the Wehrmacht in the field, ” from January 1944—with simultaneous Allied offensives at Anzio and Ukraine—until May 1945, and the Soviet storming of Berlin. Citino, the world’s leading scholar on the subject, posits a more straightforward solution: Bewegungskrieg, the way of war cultivated by the Germans over the course of history.
The Wehrmacht's Last Stand: The German Campaigns of 1944-1945 Modern War Studies #ad - In clear and compelling prose, and bringing extensive reading of the German-language literature to bear, Citino focuses on the German view of these campaigns. Often very different from the allied perspective, this approach allows for a more nuanced and far-reaching understanding of the last battles of the Wehrmacht than any now available.
In this gripping account of german military campaigns during the final phase of World War II, Citino charts the inevitable path by which Bewegungskrieg, or a “war of movement, ” inexorably led to Nazi Germany’s defeat. Three quarters of a century later, the question persists: What kept the German army going in an increasingly hopeless situation? Where some historians have found explanations in the power of Hitler or the role of ideology, Robert M.
The First Day on the Eastern Front: Germany Invades the Soviet Union, June 22, 1941Stackpole Books #ad - Luther narrates june 22—one of the pivotal days of world war ii—from high command down to the tanks and soldiers at the sharp end, which is the Eastern Front in microcosm, covering strategy as well as tactics and the vivid personal stories of the men who crossed the border into the Soviet Union that fateful day, representing the years of industrial-scale warfare that followed and the unremitting hostility of Germans and Soviets.
In the spirit of martin middlebrook’s classic first day on the somme, 1941, craig luther narrates the events of June 22, a day when German military might was at its peak and seemed as though it would easily conquer the Soviet Union, a day the common soldiers would remember for its tension and the frogs bellowing in the Polish marshlands.
The First Day on the Eastern Front: Germany Invades the Soviet Union, June 22, 1941 #ad - It was a day when the german blitzkrieg decimated Soviet command and control within hours and seemed like nothing would stop it from taking Moscow. Sunday, june 22, which aimed to destroy the soviet union, 1941: three million German soldiers invaded the Soviet Union as part of Hitler’s long-planned Operation Barbarossa, secure its land as lebensraum for the Third Reich, and enslave its Slavic population.
. By late fall, and by december, as the germans sliced through russian territory and soldiers with impunity, capturing hundreds of thousands, terrain, it had failed at the gates of Moscow, the invasion had foundered against Russian weather, but early on, and resistance, it seemed as though Russia would fall.
From launching points in newly acquired poland, in three prongs—North, South—German forces stormed western Russia, Central, virtually from the Baltic to the Black Sea.
PantherOsprey Publishing #ad - He then analyzes its success on the battlefield and the many modifications and variants that also came into play. This new study by german armor expert thomas Anderson draws upon original German archival material to tell the story of the birth of the Panther in response to the Soviet tanks encountered in 1941.
The german panther is one of the most famous, and greatest, tanks of World War II. Illustrated throughout with rare photographs and drawings, many of which have never been published in English before, this is a unique history of one of the most famous tanks of World War II. Often considered the most elegant tank design of the war, it embodied a balance of firepower, armor protection, and mobility unmatched by any other tank of the period.