Achtung Panzer! Paperback
Part of the Cassell Military Paperbacks series
This is one of the most significant military books of the twentieth century.
By an outstanding soldier of independent mind, it pushed forward the evolution of land warfare and was directly responsible for German armoured supremacy in the early years of the Second World War.
Published in 1937, the result of 15 years of careful study since his days on the German General Staff in the First World War, Achtung Panzer! argues how vital the proper use of tanks and supporting armoured vehicles would be in the conduct of a future war.
When that war came, just two years later, he proved it, leading his Panzers with distinction in the Polish, French and Russian campaigns.
Panzer warfare had come of age, exactly as he had forecast.This first English translation of Heinz Guderian's classic book - used as a textbook by Panzer officers in the war - has an introduction and extensive background notes by the modern English historian Paul Harris.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages, 13 Maps
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 16/09/1999
- Category: Theory of warfare & military science
- ISBN: 9780304352852
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Review by dark_mark
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.