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Fallschirm-Panzer-Division 'Hermann Göring’ (Hardback)

A History of the Luftwaffe's Only Armoured Division, 1933-1945

WWII Greenhill Books Greenhill: WWII Hitler & the Third Reich Military

By Lawrence Paterson, Foreword by Prof Richard Overy
Greenhill Books
Pages: 320
Illustrations: 64 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781784386108
Published: 2nd February 2022

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In the early years of the Third Reich, Hermann Göring, one of the most notorious leaders of the Third Reich, worked to establish his own personal army to rival Himmler’s SS and Reichswehr. The result: a private Prussian police force which grew into one of the most powerful armoured units in Nazi Germany’s Wehrmacht.

This unit fought throughout the Second World War, meeting Anglo-American forces in vicious battles across the European theatres of Tunisia, Sicily and Italy before finally being defeated by the Red Army on the Eastern Front. The Hermann Göring Panzer Division incorporates technical details of these battles with the turbulent politics and Machiavellian manoeuvring of Hitler’s inner circle, giving military-history enthusiasts fresh insights into the development and role of this unusual division through the war.

Drawing on first-hand accounts and extensive archive material, World War II historian Lawrence Paterson presents a comprehensive and unbiased history of the establishment of the famous 1. Fallschirm-Panzer Division.

"...includes a considerable number of first-person accounts from soldiers of the division as well as Allied opponents..."

Historical Miniatures Gaming Society, June 2022

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The Armourer

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Highlight: '...an important contribution to an otherwise little-known but fascinating unit.'

History of War

I even enjoyed the notes at the back which also comes with a list of Knights Cross recipients and finally, I really liked the picture on the back of the book.

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The History Fella

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Excellent book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes world war 2 history, I liked the attention to detail of the wars engaged in by the German tank, panzer division. They were a formidable force to be reckoned with during world war 2.

NetGalley, Lional Jones

Overall, I am confident that this book will become the standard reference book in the English language on the HG Division’s history. The standard of the author’s work is exceptionally high and this new release honours the brave men of this Division – so many of which paid the ultimate price.

Dr Stuart C Blank, Military Archive Research

This is an interesting book and for anybody with an interest in particular of the war in Italy and Sicily, I would recommend this book as another view of the campaign.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

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The Bookseller

A great look at one of the German panzer groups in WW2. The author does an outstanding job of covering the unit from its creation to the end of the war. The story is well told and full of first hand accounts to keep you in the story. A great read for the war history fans.

NetGalley, Ron Baumer

This history of the Herman Goring Division and its predecessor units is packed with detail concerning operational structures and personnel but if that sounds dull do not be put off. It is very much part of a comprehensive and well delivered history that makes for fascinating reading. For anybody interested in the role of this elite unit, it is a ‘must read’ and as part of an understanding of the campaigns it fought, it offers a wider perspective of its interaction with adjoining units. My one gripe is the lack of sketch maps to illustrate the history, but there is always google! Also, it is not often that a serious and well-presented work of history is dedicated to Eddie van Halen. I’m sure Eddie would have approved.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy
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About Lawrence Paterson

Lawrence Paterson has written several books on various aspects of the U-boat war, including U-Boat War PatrolWeapons of DesperationHitler's Grey WolvesHitler's Brandenburgers and a biography of Otto Kretschmer. He lives in Taranto, Italy and is drummer in a heavy metal band.


About Prof Richard Overy

Professor Richard Overy is a British historian and a Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He has published several books on Nazi Germany and World War II including a biography of Hermann Göring, Goering: Hitler’s Iron Knight. In 2001, he was awarded the Samuel Elliot Morison Prize of the Society of Military History for his contribution to the history of warfare. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the British Academy, and of King’s College London.

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