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15 May 2005 Stackpole Military History
Known for his bold and aggressive leadership, Kurt 'Panzer' Meyer was one of the most highly decorated German soldiers of World War II. Successively commanding a motorcycle company, a reconnaissance battalion, a grenadier regiment, and the Hitler Youth Panzer Division, Meyer saw intense combat across Europe: the invasion of Poland, the fall of France in 1940, the sweep through the Balkans and Greece, the bitter fighting on the Eastern Front, and the 1944 campaign for Normandy, where he fell into allied hands and was charged with war crimes. His first-hand account, written with unmatched vividness and immediacy, conveys the grim reality of war as well as the bravery of the young men he commanded.

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  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books,U.S.; New Ed edition (15 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811731979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811731973
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 16.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meyers Memoirs 30 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
This is the first time I have read a book written by a member of the Waffen SS and I have found it to be very interesting and opened up a whole new perspective on the experiences of the combat soldier in World War II.

I found this 'unputtdownable' not wanting to wait to find out what happens next and that I think provides a good selling point.

But this does come across - at least until the latter chapters - as a book of war, war, war. There is little information on how Meyer was digesting his experiences and of the psychological impact it had on him and his soldiers.

As the book proceeds there is a transition - that may go unnoticed, due to the fast pace of the events - from the sweeping Blitzkrieg tactics of the German forces in the early years of the war, to the small scale battles for individual hills.

There is also to be found an explanation for Hitlers infamous order for his SS to remove their cuffbands.

I found that the addition of more maps in a better position within the book, would have added another dimension to reading and there are also a fair number of spelling mistakes (more than necessary), though really the quality of this book still deserves promotion.

In a few words:

Totally recommended, great read, unputtdownable.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying 5 April 2006
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I have spent five years looking for this book in English, and I still believe it was worth it. The only bad thing I have to say about the book, is, as the author explains, the fact that it has been changed into American English ( foxhole for trench etc) but that is not very often. This book is a reprint only done this year and it has been done very well. The quality of the book is superb. But more importantly, the content is excellent. The way he describes the hell he and his men had to endure is amazing. And unlike some others, of all sides, he points out constantly that it was his men that won his battles for him, under his direction. Throughout the book there is no attempt to apologise for anything that may have occurred during the war, simply the truth of what he saw and what he believed. The author is not as well celebrated as others in his army, but after reading this book you will wonder why he seems only to be mentioned in passing. Few others, including historians, have had the experience combined with the humility of this man, making for a gripping read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grenadiers - by Kurt 'Panzer' Meyer 3 Sep 2010
By Big Al
Format:Paperback
I bought this book having seen it in the bibliography of Anthony Beevor's - D-Day. Having read a number of biography's of this nature (eg Hans Von Luck - Panzer Commander, Pip Roberts - from the Desert to the Baltic)I had an expectation.
The book starts off a little turgidly and disappointingly doesn't cover his early life and entry into the Waffen SS. That said it quickly settles into an easy reading style and is informative, if a little jingoistic on occassion. This armoured recce commander is typcal of the blitzkrieg tactics and this comes out in the book. It has been translated into American English but I haven't found that it detracts from the narrative. It could do with some additional maps but the photographs are very good and not widely published.
A good insight into the campaigns of the LAH and HJ.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that tries to re-address the balance 5 Dec 2010
By M. Ives
Format:Paperback
An excellent book which tries to re address the balance in this sad chapter of human history. A book which brings into doubt the so called righteousness of the allies who committed equal if not worse crimes in their breach of human rights and the treatment of prisoners of war. Yes things happened in Germany at certain camps that were awful and should not have, but this should not be on the head of every common soldier who, at the end of the day, carries out his\her orders in the field of battle regardless of what happens 'back home'. This book is about what happened on the batlle fields and the so called war crimes trials after.

Sadly it is something we still haven't learnt from as history repeats itself today in the gulf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good Book 26 Jan 2014
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A very interesting account of a German soldier on the Eastern Front in World War !!. It must have been very difficult for both sides!
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first hand accounts 11 July 2006
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I agree with the previous reviewer. This book is a facinating read on the career of Kurt "Panzer" Meyer who lead his units from the front in every theatre of war he served in. I'm amazed that he is only mentioned in passing in other literature. Unputdownable!!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing the point? 5 Dec 2010
By Luke
Format:Paperback
Good and detailed campaigns account from one of the top actors of these times... but always from a distance, without the real passion that we know must have been there . Kurt Meyer can't have achieved his extraordinary status by being a simple passer-by. He was an exceptional leader, and, according to some contemporary pictures he was actually enjoying it. So, why not be up-front and share with us what was driving him - right or wrong - and how it was possible to have fun in the summer of 44?
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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Carl
Format:Paperback
There are two parts to this book, on one side we have a first-hand account of the war from the view of a soldier and on the other what appears to be a propaganda leaflet.

To start with, Meyer provides the account of the war he fought, starting in Poland, campaigning through the Balkans, his battles on the Eastern Front, and his final battles fought in the west preluding to his capture, trail and imprisonment as a convicted war criminal. Meyer does provide a graphic account of his experiences, and one is able to appreciate to some degree what it must have felt like to have been there.

However to the other side: one notes throughout Meyer's work how his men never commit any war crimes in the east nor the west however he gladly provides various accounts of the war crimes committed by his foes. As the book proceeds into the chapters dealing with Normandy and beyond, one gets a sense of some pretty warped and radical views: he notes how it was the French resistances own fault French civilians were shot in reprisals and does not provide any feeling of remorse for such comments. He allows room to denounce the Allied bombing of Caen, stating the city was abandoned, yet fails to mention how it was major supply node, headquarters, and eventually a retreat route for German forces - it was hardly abandoned of German forces. It is these types of comments, and his defensive nature of the murder his men committed against Canadian troops that make half this book feel like a propaganda leaflet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best WW11 books
Some times you have to look at an alternative view of the second WW and this is a great insight into a German Officer doing his duty. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Griffiths
1.0 out of 5 stars Some birthday present
Our son in law requested this book for his birthday. He rated it five stars. His army background in the tank regiment coupled with an interest in military history may excuse his... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kurt Meyer
This was a book that one could hardly put down. Meyer has written a superb account of his experiences during WW2 and is recognised by historians as an outstanding leader of men. Read more
Published 7 months ago by delcb1
3.0 out of 5 stars Biased but not without interest
If you want to learn more about Panzermeyer you should read this book: "Meeting of Generals" by T. Foster. Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2010 by BLT
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Should be read by All who want to know a true Soldier's...
An adsorbing and fascinating account of a true war hero and his life as a campaigning soldier. This edition is spoilt however by having been rewritten for the American market and... Read more
Published on 19 July 2008 by White Cliffs
2.0 out of 5 stars absolute fiction
having read many first hand accounts from all sides involved in ww2 in most of the theaters I have never read one so biased. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2006 by Mrjamesariley
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of their generation!
Forget every prejudice you were taught in school about WWII German soldiers. Here we have a first hand account (and his tales were confirmed through other sources, german and... Read more
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