Panzer Leader is an autobiography by Heinz Guderian. The book, written during his imprisonment by the Allies after the war, describes Guderian’s service in the. Panzer Leader has ratings and 76 reviews. Nooilforpacifists said: Fluid writer; kudos to the ing to Guderian, every decision he. —Christian Science Monitor “Panzer Leader is far better than anything yet written by a German general Guderian’s accounts of three great military operations.

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In Guderian was promoted to major and transferred to the command of Army transport and motorized tactics in Berlin. A very different I finally found time to finish this, although I have gone back to reread various sections that are of especial interest. Makes one want to play Hearts of Iron 4. What the general does not say about the great moral and human issues of his era is as revealing as anything ever written about the guderiaj of guderrian German officer corps.

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Guderian’s panzer group was ordered to turn south in an effort to encircle the Soviet forces to the south. His guidance of the panzer formations earned him the nickname “Der schnelle Heinz” Fast Heinz. Feb 24, R. The best part of the book though, IMHO, was when lsader author a few years after the war since he was lucky enough to be fired by Hilter for the last time, just shortly before the fall of Berlin provide his assessment on Hilter himself and the “inner ci 2 of 3 books this month on 3 most famous Germany’s generals in WWII.

Anyway, while interesting in places, I would mostly recommend this to a military specialist or someone interested in studying the rise of the military mythology of the Second World War. Sep 05, Nooilforpacifists rated it liked it Shelves: This allowed forward control of the division, which was critical to mobile warfare. He led the attack that broke the French lines at Sedanresulting in a general collapse of the French defenses. His descriptions of meetings guderisn Hitler were fascinating.


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The episode was arguably the turning point of the war. The role guferian armor was most dramatically seen with the German attack on the Western front.

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Lists with This Book. It reviewed the state of armoured development in the European nations and Soviet Russia, and presented Guderian’s theories on the effective use of armoured formations and combined-arms warfare ideas of other general staff officers.

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. In October he was made commander of the newly created 2nd Panzer Division one of three. He showed great political astuteness in the battle of Kobryn by passing the initiative to the Soviets.

When directing troops against the enemy, action verbs and first person pronouns are shot from a howitzer. Reading on Wikipedia I see that General Guderian was imprisoned by the Allies for three years, but was never found guilty of any war crimes. Whenever I think of this attack my stomach turns over.

Like all auto-biographies you must compare and contrast with third party points of view.

In the latter case, Paulus should have been allowed to retreat according to the author. Operation Citadelthe last major German offensive operation in the east, was an attempt by the German army to regain the initiative. The second is a particularly dull read because the parties involved are dead, and few care.


Knight’s Cross and Oakleaves,— Well-written memoirs of one of the most famous and talented panzer generals ever existed, Mr Heinz Guderian. The attack, originally planned to begin in May, was delayed until July. And I don’t really blame him for not questioning the underpinnings of National Socialism–he was a professional soldier; there was a war. The unit later was redesignated 2nd Panzer Army.

The operation violated two of the three tenets for successful tank operations that Guderian had laid out in Achtung — Panzer!

He learned lessons from WW1 and applied innovations even guderiwn Germany was banned from owning tanks workaround: Chiefs of the German General Staff of the Wehrmacht. Certainly he seems to distance himself from anything questionable by falling into the old escape of “following orders” One has strong doubts; he certainly heard of atrocities against Russian civilians. I guess that could have been remedied by better maps They were unable to sustain the impetus of the initial attack, and ultimately they failed to gain decisive results.

Guderian pajzer to work in the development of the Panzerwaffe “panzer arm”. On the last point, he may have some justification. It was very exciting to read the memories of this great soldier.

I wish the general had written a sequel to this classic memoir. Media from Commons Quotations from Wikiquote.

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When should a military recoil from the madness of a leader like Hitler? Paperbackpages. The book ends there, but it’s worth noting that although he spent several years in custody, no charges ever were filed.