The prowess of the German panzers is the stuff of legend, but it is not generally known that Hitler stole over 10,000 British, Czech, French, Italian, Polish and Soviet tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles to feed his war machine. He also gained another 6,000 through various alliances. At the height of his extraordinary military success over 25 per cent of the German tank fleet was of foreign origin. The triumph of the blitzkrieg of 1939-41 was partly attributable to the great panzer heist he carried out across the continent of Europe. In this fascinating and meticulously researched investigation Anthony Tucker-Jones tells this hitherto unrecorded story. He traces the development of Germany's foreign armour before and during the war and describes how captured fighting vehicles - tanks, self-propelled guns, assault guns, armoured cars and personnel carriers - were reused by the German army throughout the conflict.
This is a fascinating book and opened my eyes to the scale of the victory Hitler gained when he occupied Czechoslovakia. ... very well researched ... and sheds light on an overlooked aspect of historyLee Hadley
From Rommel using British Matilda tanks in North Africa to a face off of Soviet T-34s on opposite sides of the battlefield, this book details the numbers and events in meticulous detail. ... Hitler's Great... [read full review]Steve Terjeson, World War II History
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Armoured Warfare and Hitler's Allies 1941-1945Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
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