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Combined Books, Pennsylvania, 1st ed., Thus, 1996. 397 pp., various maps, plans, diagrams + photo-ills. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. This book features a unique blend of graphics and text that brings a fresh approach to the development of the German Army under the Third Reich. The most technically sophisticated charts, tables of organization and maps available graphically illustrate the structural evolution of Hitler’s Army. An insightful main text shows how the Wehrmacht’s structure was increasingly contradictory to the military missions Hitler ordered it to undertake. This book also includes a novel analytical comparison of the U.S. and German armies in World War II, covering both organization and battlefield performance. The Luftwaffe field divisions, Waffen-SS units, and foreign volunteers that supplemented the regular German army are also given in detail. Innovative German weapons such as assault guns, tank destroyers and rocket artillery are covered, and discussed in the context of German operational doctrine. The reality of German reliance on horse-drawn transport, the negative role of political interference and in-fighting, and other often-ignored impediments to German operations are candidly assessed. Twelve key engagements, from Czechoslovakia 1938 to Berlin 1945, have been selected to show German organization and doctrine in action. For tactically significant battles like Demyansk, Narva, and Budapest 1945, there is much information not readily available in the English-speaking world.

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