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StuG III Brigade 191, 1940–1945 (Hardback)

The Buffalo Brigade in Action in the Balkans, Greece and from Moscow to Kursk and Sevastopol

WWII Greenhill Books Greenhill: WWII Military

By Bruno Bork, Introduction by Anthony Tucker-Jones, Translated by Geoffrey Brooks
Greenhill Books
Pages: 368
Illustrations: More than 300 photographs
ISBN: 9781784386955
Published: 3rd November 2021

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Based on their experiences during the First World War, the Reichswehr decided that the infantry support gun of the future should be an armoured, motorized vehicle with an effective calibre of cannon: the Sturmgeschütz III. The weapon was used in the ‘fire brigade role’ at hotspots along the Front, where it was much feared by enemy forces.

This illustrated volume tells the tale of Brigade 191, aka the ‘Buffalo Brigade’, who used the Sturmgeschütz III as they took part in Operation Barbarossa in the Ukraine, saw action during the fight for Greece in 1941 and were deployed to the areas of heaviest fighting in the campaign against the Soviet Union. This began with the infantry advance from Ukraine to Moscow (1941): then to Voronezh, Kursk, the Caucasus and Kuban (1942), then the Kertsch Peninsula and the Crimea (1943-1944), before they were finally evacuated from Sevastopol into Romania by naval lighters. On the South-east Front (the retreat through the Balkans), the Brigade fought its way into Austria and was still fighting on the last day of the war to keep a corridor open.

Keen to write an account recording the tactical significance of the Sturmgeschütz III, while surviving members of Brigade 191 also wished for a cohesive documentary record of the war, Bork set about gathering military records and literature, as well as interviewing as many ex-Brigade men as possible, in order to bring this detailed account into being.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An outstanding look at the soldiers and hardships faced by the German army during the Second World War. The first hand accounts make for an riveting story and the action will keep you interested. A great read.

NetGalley, Ron Baumer

About Bruno Bork

Bruno Bork was a professional soldier in the Wehrmacht pre-war. He had already attained the rank of Hauptwachtmeister (CSM) by 1940 when his service with the Brigade began. Subsequently he was wounded (mid- 1943), went for officer training, passing out as a Senior Ensign in August 1944. He was commissioned as a Leutnant on 1 November 1944, was awarded the Iron Cross First Class on 30 March 1945, and retired from active service as an Oberleutnant on 21 April 1945. He died in March 1996.


About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones, a former intelligence officer, is an author and commentator who specialises in military history, with more than 50 books to his name. His work has also been published in an array of magazines and online. He regularly appears on television and radio programmes commenting on current and historical military matters. His books include Stalin’s RevengeSlaughter on the Eastern Front, Kursk 1943The Eastern Front Air WarArmoured Warfare on the Eastern FrontD-Day 1944 and The Devil’s Bridge.


About Geoffrey Brooks

Geoffrey Brooks was an experienced author, researcher and historian. He translated and edited Hirschfeld - The Secret Diary of a U-Boat NCO and Fips - Legendary U-Boat Commander 1915-18. He was the author of Hitler's Nuclear Weapons. 

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