Nazi Blitzkrieg during World War II - Tanks, tactics and stories.
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Early Panzer Victories by Frank De Sisto (book review)
If you randomly pick up a book about German WW2 tanks, you will most likely find a lot of information about the famous Panther and Tiger tanks. The earlier tank models are blatantly disregarded, in spite of the fact that Panzer III and Panzer IV were by far the most produced German tanks during the World War Two.
"Early Panzer Victories" - a 72 page book filled with photographs and published by the Concord for its "Armor at War" series - comes handy if you need a break from all the Panther praising.
Panzer-Divisions in Battle 1939-45 by Tom Cockle (WWII book, includes 169 photos of German tanks)
Panzer-Divisions in Battle 1939-45, examines the role panzers had in Blitzkrieg (Lightning War) and WWII through a series of photos and illustrations. The volume begins with a summary of the battles and theaters in which Nazi tanks fought. This first volume covers the Invasion of Poland, the Battle for France, the Balkans, and the Desert War in North Africa. The black and white photographs show not only German tanks like the series of Panzer I, II, III and IVs (core of the panzer divisions), but also equipment such as the Pz.Kpfw.38(t) tank, a variety of armored cars, plus the Sd.Kfz.251 halftrack.
Hitler`s Panzers: The Lightning Attacks that Revolutionized Warfare by Dennis Showalter (book review)
From the days of Frederick the Great Prussian military planners realized Prussia "was unlikely to recover from an initial defeat" in battle. The result: "The Germans incorporated a mentality emphasizing speed and daring: a war of movement." During WWII, such tactics were known as Blitzkrieg (a term coined in the West, and disliked by Hitler). Panzer warfare came as a result of the WWI trench warfare. By 1921 General Hans von Seeckt, "moved the Germans from Sitz to Blitz" by developing the concept of "fighting outnumbered and winning." Among the officers drawn to Seeckt`s theories was motor-transport battalion lieutenant Heinz Guderian.
Classic turn-based strategy games: Conflict-Series
If you like classic turn-based PC war games and legendary strategy board games make sure to check out the highly rated Conflict-series for Android. Some of the WWII Campaigns include Axis Balkan Campaign, D-Day 1944, Operation Barbarossa, France 1940, Kursk 1943, Market Garden, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Rommel's North African campaign, and the Battle of Bulge. In addition to WWII some other time periods include Korean War, American Civil War, First World War and American Revolutionary War. The more complex campaigns like Operation Sea Lion, Invasion of Norway, and Invasion of Japan 1945, include Naval element and handling logistics of supply flow.
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September 1, 1939: Wehrmacht crushes Poland with Blitzkrieg
1939: Nazi Germany invades Poland, introducing a new kind of warfare: blitzkrieg - based on mobility and the coordination of massed armor and infantry, with air support from fighter planes and dive bombers. It also depends on the element of surprise, one reason Third Reich never declared war before invading an enemy. The concept of blitzkrieg was about adding 20th-century technology (the tank, the airplane and the radio) to the age-old tactics of mobile warfare. Military thinkers like Basil Liddell Hart, Charles de Gaulle and Heinz Guderian (author of Achtung Panzer!) wrote on the subject and promoted armored warfare. The classic blitzkrieg unfolds like this...
The true blue blueprint behind Hitler`s blitzkrieg: "Achtung - Panzer!" (Article no longer available from the original source)
Ggeneral John Monash`s plan for the Battle of Amiens in France in 1918 won WWI, when 102,000 Diggers defeated 2 German armies, and ended any hope that Germany could win. In 1937, Hitler read about Amiens and how the Allies won, in "Achtung - Panzer!" by Heinz Guderian. Until then the defeat had been a mystery to the future fuhrer, who had been a corporal during the war. In 1937, excited by the possibilities of the Monash battle blueprint being used for his ends, Hitler contacted Guderian for a show of a tank attack backed by infantry, planes and artillery. While viewing field exercises Hitler said: "That is what I want; that is what I will have!"
General von Kielmansegg dies aged 99: Panzers and blitzkrieg
Johann-Adolf Graf von Kielmansegg was the chief logistic officer of one of the leading German divisions in von Rundstedt’s lightning armoured offensive through the Ardennes in May 1940. In 1941 he published "Tanks between Warsaw and the Atlantic", describing German armoured operations in Poland, the breakthrough in the Ardennes and Calais and Dunkirk campaign. For much of the next 4 years he served in Berlin or in Hitler’s command headquarters. Because he was aware of Colonel von Stauffenberg`s plan to assassinate Hitler, he was sent to command a panzer regiment in a division facing the US advance. In 1963 he was appointment as Nato Commander Land Forces Central Europe.
Rommel`s journal entries from 1940 Blitzkrieg
General Erwin Rommel led the 7th Panzer Division as it crashed through the Belgian defenses into France, skirting the Maginot Line and then smashing it from behind. This was a new kind of warfare integrating tanks, air power, artillery, and motorized infantry into a steel juggernaut emphasizing speedy movement and maximization of battlefield opportunities. Rommel kept a journal of his experiences. In this excerpt, he describes the action on May 14 as he leads a tank attack against French forces near the Muese River on the Belgian border: "Rothenburg now drove off through a hollow to the left with the five tanks which were to accompany the infantry..."