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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
Last Released: 7th March 2022

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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.

At the end of this superb book are specification details of the StuG weapon carrier as featured.
In summary, a beautifully crafted and very detailed publication with plenty of personal photographs and excellent maps. Highly recommended.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

"....upon finishing this book the reader will doubtlessly better realize what a useful and versatile armored fighting vehicle the Sturmgeschütz III really was to the German armed forces."

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Globe at War

A fascinating book indeed that tells the story of German troops in the German army serving with Brigade 191. This unit served from as far as the Balkans and Greece to Moscow and Kursk. Through the thoughts and opinions of first-hand accounts of German soldiers this book clearly reveals the harshness of life and conditions serving in this unit and the devastating encounters they faced and endured. We now see more and more of these books detailing the ‘other side’ of the story by giving us the opinions and evidence of the German side, an excellent thing as this can only give us a better and fuller picture of important events. This book is well written by the author Bruno Bork and I must say that the book contains a great number of photographs which I think do the book much credit and appeal. I would happily recommend this book to others, especially those interested in German first-hand accounts.

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UK Historian

"Highly Recommended for beginner to advanced builders and historians interested in the StuG actions on the Eastern Front."

AMPS, January 2022

"Highly Recommended."

IPMS/USA

"Author Bruno Bork not only offers a tactical unit history, but also another German 'blood and guts' ground-level views of Hitler’s retreats and defeats on the Eastern Front. This is also a truly riveting read."

ARGunners.com

If like me, you enjoy reading the words of the men who were there, then this is one of those books that you should look into.

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Armorama

I found this telling from a German perspective very interesting.

NetGalley, John Purvis

As featured on WW2 Today

WW2 Today

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 is a writer, military historian and a widely published expert on regional conflicts, counter-terrorism and armoured and aerial warfare. He has had over fifty books published by Pen & Sword. His recent titles include The Battle for Budapest 1944-1945, The Battle for the Caucasus 1942-1943, Hitler’s Panzers: The Complete History 1933-1945 and Allied Armour 1939-1945: British and American Tanks at War. For further information his website can be found at www.atuckerjones.com.


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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