The Panzer Legions: A Guide to the German Army Tank Divisions of World War II and Their Commanders

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - History - 312 pages
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Hitler's tank divisions were some of his most feared troops and most lethal weapons in the taking and securing of territory during World War II. From success to failure, in victory and in defeat, each division played a role in Hitler's campaign against the Allies. This is the first guide to chronicle the history of each division from its inception to its destruction. With painstaking research and attention to detail, Mitcham describes the formation and organization of each, then discusses its overall combat history. He also includes a career sketch of every panzer divisional commander.

While this reference will serve as a valuable research tool, it contains more than facts and figures. Mitcham assesses the performance and quality of each division, including how and why it changed over time. He evaluates strengths and weaknesses during different phases of the conflict in terms of manpower, vehicles, and armor quality. He also analyzes commander performance and its impact on overall efforts. The story follows the panzer legions until their ultimate disposition-destruction or disbanding. Includes a comprehensive index of individuals, units, battles and campaigns.

 

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Una completa reseña del historial operativo de las Divisiones Panzer alemanas durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Incluye listado de sub-unidades y pequeñas biografías de los comandantes de cada división. Su mayor mérito es la capacidad de síntesis, pues presenta solamente información esencial pero suficiente. Disponible solamente en inglés. 

Contents

The Wehrkreise
29
THE PANZER DIVISIONS
36
3rd Panzer
53
6th Panzer
71
8th Panzer
87
10th Panzer
101
14th Panzer
119
17th Panzer
137
130th Panzer Lehr Division
201
232nd Panzer Division
214
Panzer Division Clausewitz
221
Fuehrer Begleit Division
228
Panzer Division Holstein
235
Panzer Division Muencheberg
242
Panzer Later Panzer Field Training Division Tatra
248
Table of Equivalent Ranks
257

19th Panzer
149
20th Panzer
153
22nd Panzer
164
24th Panzer
174
26th Panzer
185
116th Panzer Formerly 16th Panzer Grenadier Division
193
Chronology of the Second World War
270
Profiles of the Nonarmy Panzer Divisions
283
Bibliography
289
Individuals
295
Unit Index
303
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SAMUEL W. MITCHAM, JR. is an internationally recognized authority on Nazi Germany and the Second World War and is the author of more than 15 books on the subject, including Why Hitler? (Praeger, 1996) and The Desert Fox in Normandy (Praeger, 1997), as well as several dozen articles. A former army helicopter pilot and company commander, he is a graduate of the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College. He has been a professor of geography and military history since 1984. He lives in rural Louisiana.

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