Hitler's Great Panzer Heist (Hardback)
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 Panzer Heist not only includes detailed figures, but also interjects many quotes and stories from people who were there and were able to recount what part this mostly unknown story played during World War II. I found this to be very interesting reading.Steve Terjeson, World War II History
Few weapons of war have inspired as much awe and terror as German Panzers, which shocked the world with their raw power as the Third Reich's blitzkrieg rolled across Europe in the early years of World War II. Equipped with these steel giants, Panzer-Regiment 5 embodied the bold spirit of Germany's armoured force and fought with skill and courage in the African and European theatres. Panzer-Regiment 5 joined Erwin Rommel in North Africa and helped the Desert Fox win an impressive string of victories during 1941, but the regiment's-and Rommel's-most dazzling successes would come in 1942. After ending…By Bernard Hartmann
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