Achtung-Panzer! : The Development of Tank Warfare, Paperback

Achtung-Panzer! : The Development of Tank Warfare Paperback

Part of the Cassell Military Paperbacks series

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Panzer attack was the secret of Hitler's early land successes. The man behind the strategy, and in command of the tanks, was Guderian.

This is his manual of attack. Based on Guderian's own First World War experiences, still compulsory reading for anyone with an interest in military strategy.




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Major-General Heinz Guderian (17 June 1888 – 14 May 1954)was a military theorist and innovative General of the German Army during the Second World War. Sometimes known as the 'father of tank warfare', his proposed style of combat allowed the Third Reich to overrun most of Europe, until the Allies copied and improved on the doctrine. 'Achtung - Panzer!' was written in 1936-37 as an explanation of Guderian's theories on the tank and aircraft's role in modern warfare.The book studies battles from the First World War which involved armour, particularly Cambrai, and possibly overemphasises the tank's role in Germany's defeat in the Great War. In addition, the book is an interesting source with the development of mobile warfare between the wars in the major powers, and Guderian leaves a clear hint of warning not to toy with the Soviets in the near future.This book is of great historical significance.

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