SS Steel Storm: Waffen-SS Panzer Battles on the Eastern Front, 1943-1945

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MBI Publishing Company, 2000 - History - 224 pages
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In the final years of World War II, the outnumbered Waffen-SS capitalized on superior training, equipment, and commanders to plug several open gaps on the Eastern Front. From the recapture of Kharkov to the last stand at the gates of Berlin, this illustrated history recounts the key aspects of the major Eastern Front battles from the perspective of the Waffen-SS. Explanations include the use of offensive tactics as defensive maneuvers, the development of tank technology, and methods that allowed the Germans to survive fierce Russian bombardments. Illustrated with maps, line art, and previously unpublished frontline photography, the story's main focus is on the tactics used by commanders like Wittman and Barkmann to hold off numerically superior Russian forces. Appendices detail panzer organization, panzer tank aces and Knight's Cross winners, and tank specifications.

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Have only briefly looked at this book and found a couple of incorrect photos. Page 13 shows a shot of the tiger on the eastern front which is incorrect, this is a well known photo of the schwere SS-panzer-abteilung 101 in Normandy. Page 62 photo shows Das Reich in Kharkov in February 1943 when the panzer iv clearly shows the division insignia for the battle of Kursk which was in July of 43.
After reading this book in full i have found this to be very interesting and well written and i highly recommend this to any one who is interested in reading about the war in the east.

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Jah! Schwere Panzerpah! Interesting treatment of later stage SS operations in the east. Contains much information that can lead to further studies as the reader begins to grasp the situation in Russia as the Germans began to stall then retreat. Comically, in his forward, the author dedicates his work to the Soviet soldiers who faced the SS, yet unashamedly lauds the fighting prowess of the SS throughout the book and can't hide his admiration for them. 

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Balkan expert Tim Ripley has been fascinated by the conflicts of the former Yugoslavia since 1992, when he submitted his first report on the airlift to the besieged city of Sarajevo. He has since reported extensively on the activities of UN and NATO peacekeeping troops in Bosnia, Croatia, and more recently in Macedonia and Kosovo. His work has appeared in many well respected defence journals, including ‘ Jane’ s Defence Weekly’ , ‘ Jane’ s Intelligence Review’ and ‘ Flight International’ . He is the author of ‘ Air War Bosnia’ and ‘ Operation Deliberate Force’ , published by Lancaster University’ s Centre for Defence and International Security Studies.

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