Panzer Commander is one of the classic memoirs of the Second World War. A professional soldier, Hans von Luck joined the Panzerwaffe in its earliest days, where he served under Erwin Rommel, and went on to fight in the Blitzkrieg in Poland, France and the Soviet Union. He then served with the Afrika Korps in the Western Desert, and tells of the sometimes chivalrous relationship with the British 8th Army.
After the collapse in Africa, he returned to Europe and fought throughout the Normandy campaign, and was responsible for the failure of the British breakout attempt, Operation 'Goodwood'. He then took part in the final desperate battles on the Eastern Front. Captured by the Soviets at the end of the war, he was held for five years in a prison camp in the Caucasus. After the war, he formed friendships with those who had been his opponents during it, including Major John Howard, who had led the capture of Pegasus Bridge in Normandy.
With a new preface by the author's widow, this unique and valuable account of one man's war and its aftermath is required reading for all those interested in the Second World War.
This is one of the few books that MUST be part of any library. The quality of writing is excellent. It is vivid and engaging. It paints the finest of verbal pictures and it does so without demonstrations of ego. It is a book that must be read by Germans and by Europeans because it is one of the building blocks of knowledge that creates the palace of history.Firetrench Reviews
his was first published back in 1989 but now Frontline Books have released this new edition and oh what an interesting read this is. Very much a 'professional soldier', this is about his life and career as an officer in the German army. First the Reichswehr and later the Wehrmacht. It is split across 27 chapters tackoling some fascinating aspects of the war as seen in his own eyes.militarymodeling.com
There's no exagerating of his skills, nor of any political influences, just a really interesting story of a professional soldier whose experiences before, during and after WW2 make for a good story.
This unique account of one German mans war is required reading for all those interested in WWII.Military History Monthly
One of the more valuable World War II memoirs – an exceptional volume.Book List
A soldier, a warrior, and a leader who never failed his men, and whose courage never faltered.Library Journal
This is a book that shows the finest face of the old officer class, the Kaderfamilie of central Europe, who were brought up to fight, but to fight clean – even when they came under the orders of satanic leaders.M. R. D Foote, The Times Picayune
Well and vividly written . . . My father thought very highly of Colonel von Luck as a man and soldier.Manfred Rommel