Guderian: Panzer General (Paperback)
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Born in Kulm, Germany, on 17 June 1888, Heinz Wilhelm Guderian was the son of an army officer. He eventually joined the German Army and was commissioned in the Jaegers in 1908 where he became a communications specialist. He fought in the First World War and afterwards was a member of the right-wing Freikorps units.
Between the wars, Guderian became a catalyst for developing a Panzer division in the German Army. By February 1938 he had been promoted to Lieutenant General; later that year Hitler appointed Guderian to the new post of Chief of Mobile Troops.
Guderian was a man of ideas equipped with the ability to turn inspiration into reality. A master of strategy and tactics, he was the officer who led the attack on Poland in September – and in so doing introduced the world to the reality of Blitzkrieg.
This biography draws on material from Enigma sources and information taken directly from the extensive Guderian family archives to explore the man who was partly responsible for the development of modern tank warfare and who is considered to be the father of Blitzkrieg. The author also looks at Guderian’s reaction to the July 1944 plot to kill Hitler as well as illuminates the struggles within the German hierarchy, in the process investigating why Guderian was so admired by some while denigrated by others.
Overall, Kenneth Macksey writes a very detailed biography of Heinz Guderian, portraying him simultaneously as an ambitious military officer who wanted to restore the army’s glory days and as a loving father/husband who wanted to spend time with his wife and children. Having read this book, it seems almost impossible for anyone to fully understand the origins of the German Panzerwaffe without studying its creator: Guderian. I heartily recommend this book and suggest that military historians examine specific armour tactics and strategies developed by Guderian.Kunwon Saw, Freelance
As featured inThe Armourer, January 2018
A welcome new edition of a book, first published in 1997 by Greenhill, is packed with information and original insights. Guderian is the father of the panzer concept of armoured fighting vehicles with personnel carriers and artillery intended Upload Files for fast moving warfare with air superiority and tactical bombing to ensure rapid mobility – Highly Recommended.Firetrench
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