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Panzer Wedge: Vol.1, The German 3rd Panzer Division and the Summer of Victory in the East (Stackpole Military History Series) [Kindle Edition]

Fritz Lucke , Robert Edwards , Michael Olive
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Book Description

  • How the exploits of German panzers were reported to the home front
  • Covers the 3rd Panzer Division during the invasion of the Soviet Union
  • Contains original articles by war correspondents who witnessed the battles
  • Detailed analyses and context provided by two panzer experts
  • First time in English


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    About the Author

    Lt. Fritz Lucke served with the German Army during World War II. Robert Edwards, a retired U.S. Army armour officer, has taught at West Point. He lives in Navarre, Florida. Michael Olive has been researching military history for decades, with a focus on tanks and aircraft. He lives in British Columbia.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 4786 KB
    • Print Length: 208 pages
    • Publisher: Stackpole Books (20 Feb. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00BOT5ZC4
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    This review is from: Panzer Wedge: Vol.1, The German 3rd Panzer Division and the Summer of Victory in the East (Stackpole Military History Series) (Paperback)

    Its my understanding this book was originally published in 1942 with the sole purpose of stoking the fires of patriotism in the homeland.
    The original book was probably never meant to be anything but highly biased and I suspect that Robert Edwards and Michael Olive have spent a lot of time editing and dialing down this zeal to a more manageable level as well as adding new material. My idealistic views may be a little harsh considering this background but my comments are made based on the final product regardless of the historical circumstances
    Having been with the division and using his own experiences as well as using diaries and interview material from his comrades, Lt Fritz Lucke has reconstructed a very personal history of one of the elite panzer divisions of the Eastern Front that had nearly 50 Knight's Cross recipients. It begins on the eve of the Russian invasion and ends shortly after crossing the Dnepr River around the August period. The division was part of the mighty 2nd PzG and had an important role in the closing of the Kiev pocket among other important engagements.

    This is more of a verbal history of the men and internal affairs of the division than it is a hard core technical and analytical presentation of the division's tactical contribution to Operation Barbarossa. The tactical aspects of this book is way too general for me; its true that certain cities, roads, objectives or other milestones are mentioned as the drive progresses but the complete picture of each engagement is not provided, nor is this comprehensive for there are engagements mention in other books that are missing here.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Review of Tactical Warfare on the Eastern Front 13 Dec. 2012
    By J. Groen - Published on Amazon.com
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    This book provides a good, realistic review of the experiences of the men of a key German tank division at the start of WWII against the Soviet Union. The story is told from the perspective of the individual soldiers and commanders and highlights their experiences. It only shares the perspectives of the German soldier and, so, is consequently biased towards that view.

    However, it is interesting to read how the German "blitzkrieg" tactics were implemented in the Soviet Union in the Summer of 1941 and this book, more than other that I have read provides that perspective. The German military was essentially operating on a string - they owned the major roads and the Russians owned the land. The German armor was strung out along the roads and the battles occurred between them on the road and the Russians in the forests and especially at the river crossings and major cities.

    Further, unlike provided in other, older sources, this was not a bloodless series of victories for the Germans. As this book highlights again and again, many German officers, especially (because of their leadership - being in front of their men) and enlisted men were killed and wounded in these battles. At a tactical level, this book shows the wearing down of the Wehrmacht that occurred during the initiation of Barbarossa.

    For this reason, I recommend this book but only to those readers who are interested in the WWII War in the East between Germany and Soviet Union. Since this campaign was the largest and most violent ever fought, I find it of some interest.
    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars for an anecdotal history of the 3rd PzD 7 Dec. 2012
    By Dave Schranck - Published on Amazon.com
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    Its my understanding this book was originally published in 1942 with the sole purpose of stoking the fires of patriotism in the homeland.
    The original book was probably never meant to be anything but highly biased and I suspect that Robert Edwards and Michael Olive have spent a lot of time editing and dialing down this zeal to a more manageable level as well as adding new material. My idealistic views may be a little harsh considering this background but my comments are made based on the final product regardless of the historical circumstances
    Having been with the division and using his own experiences as well as using diaries and interview material from his comrades, Lt Fritz Lucke has reconstructed a very personal history of one of the elite panzer divisions of the Eastern Front that had nearly 50 Knight's Cross recipients. It begins on the eve of the Russian invasion and ends shortly after crossing the Dnepr River around the August period. The division was part of the mighty 2nd PzG and had an important role in the closing of the Kiev pocket among other important engagements.

    This is more of a verbal history of the men and internal affairs of the division than it is a hard core technical and analytical presentation of the division's tactical contribution to Operation Barbarossa. The tactical aspects of this book is way too general for me; its true that certain cities, roads, objectives or other milestones are mentioned as the drive progresses but the complete picture of each engagement is not provided, nor is this comprehensive for there are engagements mention in other books that are missing here. This book could never be confused for the complex detail or analysis of a David Glantz book.
    I'm not trying to run this book down but am trying to distinguish it from the works of Glantz or Nipe or Zamulin which are more technical and less personal and to give the prospective buyer an insight of what he'll be receiving.

    While you'll learn a lot about the men of the different battalions or regiments of the division, you'll receive only an occasional and briefest mention of other German divisions that are on its flanks or in reserve behind it. You receive absolutely no coverage of specific Soviets divisions or their maneuvers used in confronting the 3rd. You'll review the division in practical isolation with no practical view of the bigger picture of the 2nd PzG that the 3rd was fighting within.

    There are a few simple black and white maps that provide some support but there could have been many more maps to provide the reader with even greater understanding of the overall advance.

    The photo gallery of 100 photos, some full page, is excellent and includes key German commanders, foot soldiers and battle scenes and provide an extra incentive to buy the book but there are no Notes, Bibliography or Index.

    Though I enjoyed reading about the comradery of the division and the dangers and difficulties the men faced, I would have preferred deeper analysis and range of coverage. Even considering the limits of a divisional history, this book could have been much better by giving deeper descriptions of the tactical advance, better analysis, better integration between the 3rd PzD and the overall advance by AGC. Adding a minimal amount of specific information on the Soviet perspective would provide a more rounded experience in showing what the division was up against. If you are looking for a general purpose view including many anecdotal experiences of this German division you may like and rate this book higher than I did. I gave it three stars not only because it doesn't conform to my interest levels but because even taking it for what the authors were trying to accomplish, the story line could have been tighter, more organized and structured but if your main concern is about the life experiences of the men of the division plus a general overview of the advance then you will probably like the book quite a bit.
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Shouldn't be 2 volumes 3 July 2013
    By Grenadar - Published on Amazon.com
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    There is NO good reason to split this into 2 volumes, except maybe to double their income from a single book. The appendices are only in Volume 2 and the final Figure in this book (Battle for Kiev) is only applicable to the first 5 chapters of Volume 2! It's like some corporate "bean-counter" decided to chop the book after Chapter 14, with no sensible reason that I can see.

    Both books together would properly constitute 1 typical "Stackpole" book, so I'm really pretty disappointed in them; I've come to expect better of them.

    On the plus side, the information contained in both books is very interesting and the format is unique in my experience. The primary author is a German war correspondent, writing on the scene with the 3rd Panzer Division in Russia during Operation Barbarossa in the 2nd half of 1941. The blatant propaganda ("...the fateful struggle by Germany for life and death against Jewish Bolshevism.") is hard to believe in this day and age, but it does help illustrate what the people of Germany were being told at the time. The unique aspect for me is that each chapter concludes with the actual combat records of the 3rd Panzer Division and its armor component, Panzer Regiment 6, giving the factual data to backup (or contrast with) the propaganda.

    I would have given this book a higher rating if it had come in a single volume.
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A FOCUSED ACCOUNT OF "THE ARMORED BEARS" 15 July 2013
    By P. A. Panozzo - Published on Amazon.com
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    This volume and volume 2 from the Stackpole Military History Series were originally published in Germany in 1942, written by Fritz Lucke. Robert Edwards and Michael Olive provide the translation and analysis. I purchased these volumes based in part on the excellent reviews written by J. Groen and Dave Schranck. I have always had an interest in World War II and the German experience in particular, is fascinating. These volumes are decidedly narrow in scope and limited in focus: volume 1 is Operation Barbarossa as the 3rd Panzer division experienced it; volume 2 is the frustration the division experienced just outside of Moscow. Leutnant Lucke's words are accompanied by regimental or divisional histories which further illuminate the events of the chapters. The translator's footnotes are helpful and the numerous black and white photos are terrific. For more comprehensive coverage of the 3rd Panzer division's history I would recommend Armored Bears: Vol.1, The German 3rd Panzer Division in World War II and Armored Bears: Vol. 2, The German 3rd Panzer Division in World War II. The 3rd Panzer division was nicknamed "The Armored Bears" due to the portrayal of a rampant bear on the division coat of arms.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars PW 1 4 Feb. 2014
    By David J Kenney - Published on Amazon.com
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    Very good if spare narrative of events, from the German view, during the early war in Russia. The style is that of a staff officer writing a report to his seniors. There is very little about the troops who did the work. Occasionally the prose descends to a series of cheers for the German Army.
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