The Wehrmacht: The German Army of World War II, 1939-1945

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Taylor & Francis, 2003 - History - 352 pages
The Wehrmacht analyses in detail the tactics of the armies, corps, and divisions of the German Army, such as the Blitzkrieg and the concept of mobile defence used so successfully during the latter stages of the war. The text also examines the reasons why the army was able to fight so long and so effectively under adverse strategic conditions: its adaptability for fighting, the superiority of much of its later equipment, and a basic capacity to improvise. The Wehrmacht provides new perspectives on why the German soldier of World War II was so good at fighting. All the different combat units of the army, such as panzer, panzergrenadier, infantry and cavalry divisions, and their battlefield role in all theatres of war are analysed in full.
 

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Contents

Key to maps
7
GENESIS OF THE WAR MACHINE
13
MYTH AND REALITY
35
THE YEARS OF ATTACK
49
HITLER AT WAR
197
HIGH COMMAND
205
JUNIOR COMMANDERS
215
THE RANK AND FILE
221
THE ARMY AND NAZISM
229
THE YEARS OF DEFENSE
235
APPENDICES
326
PANZERGREMADIER DIVISIONS
328
Glostary
342
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Tim Ripley is a full time author and photo-journalist who is also a keen student of military history. He has written numerous books on hardware, tactics and campaigns, including Bayonet Battle, Operation Deliberate Force, Jane's Pocket Guide to Modern Military Helicopters, Land Power: the Coalition of the Iraqi Armies, and SS: Steel Rain. He currently lives in the north of England.

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