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Hitler's Panzers (Hardback)

The Complete History 1933–1945

WWII Tanks Hitler & the Third Reich German Forces & Weaponry in WWII Military

By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 229
Illustrations: 60
ISBN: 9781526741585
Published: 5th February 2020


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Often it is assumed that Hitler’s panzers stormed into action perfectly formed, driving through the armies of the Poles in 1939 and the French in 1940 and defeating them. The dramatic blitzkrieg victories won by the Wehrmacht early in the Second World War – in which the panzers played a leading role – tend to confirm this impression. But, as Anthony Tucker-Jones demonstrates in this illustrated, comprehensive and revealing history of the panzers, this is far from the truth.

As armoured fighting vehicles the early panzers were no better than – sometimes inferior to – those of their opponents, but their tactics rather than their technology gave them an advantage. Later on German tank designers developed technically superior tanks but these could not be built fast enough or in sufficient numbers. For all their excellence, they were overwhelmed by the American Shermans and Soviet T-34s that were produced in their tens of thousands.

This is the story Anthony Tucker-Jones relates as he traces the evolution of the panzers from the modest beginnings in the 1930s to the Panzer IVs, Panthers and Tigers which were the most formidable German tanks of the war. Not only does he cover their design and production history, he also assesses their combat performance and gives a fascinating insight into the decision-making at the highest level which directed German tank design.

I like the structure, and I agree with the author’s overall conclusions, especially on the Panther and Tiger tanks, which might well have been well armed and armoured, but that suffered from some many other problems that their impact on the war was very limited.

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History of War

Hitler’s Panzers The Complete History 1933-1945 is a well-written book that covers all the basics of the German tanks and then some. It is a balanced account too: it will satisfy those who want an authoritative account while providing a platform for further study.

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GoodReads, Robert Neil Smith

After enjoying reading this wonderful tome I can confidently state that it is an exceptionally good account of the design / development history of the
Panzerwaffe and their operational career. It is incredibly detailed on the design / development aspect and the operational side is summarised. Overall, this is a superb title and well worth the investment.

Dr Stuart C Blank

The author details the development and rise of the German Panzerwaffe (armoured arm) from the accession of Adolf Hitler to power in 1933. Through the secret deals with Russia to enable training of future panzer leaders and the development of the tactics, used to so much effect with the development of Blitzkrieg, starting with the experience in Spain and extending that through World War Two.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

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DevonLive, 10th March 2020 – words by Lewis Clarke

A terrific book by Anthony Tucker-Jones cataloguing the development and manufacture of Germany's iconic Panzer tanks.

Books Monthly

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BBC Radio Devon with presenter David Fitzgerald, 27th February 2020

This book is an intensely described analysis of the evolution and operational deployment of tanks by Germany in WW2. It provides in depth information on the design and construction of each tank and is an essential help to the subject. It needs determined application by the reader to see it through but as a ‘dip-in’ reference it is excellent.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones is a prolific writer on the history of fighting vehicles and armoured warfare. He has also written extensively on military affairs and terrorism. After a career in the intelligence community, he became a freelance defence writer and military historian. His most recent books are Hitler's Great Panzer Heist, Falaise: The Flawed Victory, Stalin's Revenge: Operation Bagration and the Annihilation of Army Group Centre, Operation Dragoon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944, Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front, Armoured Warfare in the North African Campaign, Armoured Warfare in the Battle for Normandy, The Kalashnikov in Combat and The Soviet-Afghan War.

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