Guderian, General Heinz


E. P. Dutton, New York, 1st ed., 1952. 528 pp., frontis., + 21 photo-plates + 37 maps. D.j., 23 x 15cm. Edges of d.j., chipped with a little light staining o/w V.G. Translated from the German, this book gives for the first time the authoritative inside story of the military machine which made possible Germany’s blitzkrieg. The author was an expert on the training, equipment and employment of armoured troops. He was responsible for the development of Germany’s armoured forces before World War II; he commanded an armoured corps in Poland and France and an armoured group in the Russian campaign. He was later transferred to the post of Inspector-General of Armoured Troops, responsible directly to Hitler, and finally became Chief of the General Staff of the German Army. His book provides an important detailed study of the problems of ‘modern’ warfare and also offers an important insight into his political views. There are day-to-day accounts of the Polish, French and Russian campaigns from the viewpoint of a corps and army commander which in turn present a fascinating picture of a typical Prussian soldier of the Nazi period. The author gives a revealing description of the personal relationships involved in the wartime working of the Nazi regime and of the extraordinary character of Hitler. Illustrated with maps and diagrams this is a historically valuable book.

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