Stuttgart, 1st ed., 1943. 230 pp., 50 photo-plates + 15 maps & plans, (2 fldg.) + a fldg., table + a fldg., map at rear. Re-backed in orange cloth with original spine re-laid and retaining original boards with small ill., of tank to front ; 24 x 16cm. Corners rubbed ; 2 plates + 1 page professionally repaired with blank paper where there is loss to the upper corner of each ; o/w V.G. Published in Stuttgart in 1943, this First Edition copy of the Panzerwaffe examines (in a German text) its development, its fighting tactics and its operational possibilities until the start of the "Greater German freedom fight." Its author, Heinz Wilhelm Guderian, was a German general during World War II, the innovator and proponent of the blitzkrieg doctrine who was noted for his success as a leader of Panzer units in Poland and France and for partial success in the Soviet Union. He therefore brings an historically important insight and perspective to this study which is illustrated with fifty photographic plates, fifteen maps and plans, two of which are folding, plus a folding table and a folding map at the rear. VERY SCARCE First Edition, this is a very collectable item.