Cooper, M. & Lucas, J.


1st ed., 1976. 160 pp., profusely illustrated with photo-ills. D.j., 25 x 17cm. V.G. This is a comprehensive account of the reasons for the failure of the Third Reich’s armoured force which, in the early years of the Second World War, won such remarkable victories. Panzer illustrates how the theories of armoured warfare were applied in battle by taking four military operations as detailed examples: the lightning advance of Rommel’s 7th Panzer Division across France in May 1940; the huge encirclement battle around Kiev during 1941 which resulted in the capture of over 600,000 prisoners; the battle at Gazala in North Africa in 1942 which illustrates the cut and thrust of daring panzer tactics; and tank commander Wittmann’s brilliant individual action in the wooded, hilly country of Normandy in 1944. Also described are the ever-changing organisation of the panzer divisions before and during the war; the development of armoured vehicles and their influence on the field of battle; and the personalities of the leaders and their men. With many photographs.

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