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Panzers in the Sand: 1942-45 v. 2: The History of the Panzer-Regiment 5 [Hardcover]

Bernd Hartmann
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16 Jun 2011
Few weapons of war have inspired as much awe and terror as German Panzers, which shocked the world with their raw power as the Third Reich's blitzkrieg rolled across Europe in the early years of World War II. Equipped with these steel giants, Panzer-Regiment 5 embodied the bold spirit of Germany's armoured force and fought with skill and courage in the African and European theatres.Panzer-Regiment 5 joined Erwin Rommel in North Africa and helped the Desert Fox win an impressive string of victories during 1941, but the regiment's-and Rommel's-most dazzling successes would come in 1942. After ending 1941 in defensive positions, the Germans began the new year with an offensive that quickly captured Benghazi and then drove east toward the fortress of Tobruk. Destroying the Gazala Line, Rommel and his Panzers took Tobruk in June and continued their push into Egypt before being halted by the British at El Alamein in October.By 1943, the African campaign had shifted west to Tunisia, where Panzer-Regiment 5 battled British and American tanks and participated in Rommel's last offensive at Medenine. Crippled by supply problems and Allied air superiority, the Germans surrendered in May 1943.The remnants of Panzer-Regiment 5 were eventually reconstituted as Panzer-Abteilung 5, an assault gun unit, and sent to the Eastern Front to contend with Soviet T-34's. Increasingly outnumbered, the panzer men nevertheless fought bravely as German fortunes faded in 1944 and 1945.Featuring scores of photographs and vivid firsthand accounts from members of the unit, the second of Panzers in the Sand picks up where the first left off and continues the combat history of Panzer-Regiment 5 and Panzer-Abteilung 5, from the sand and sun of North Africa to the bitter end near Berlin.


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (16 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781848845060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848845060
  • ASIN: 1848845065
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 844,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The text is supported by an excellent (and sizable) selection of photographs, mainly from the period in North Africa, although there are some from the fighting on the Eastern Front. There is also a useful photographic appendix on the panzer troop's uniforms, and an interesting selection of awards and certificates, often linked to a picture of the recipient. There is also a good selection of maps, organisation charts and diagrams showing the various types of armoured vehicles used by the regiment and its successors (each accompanied by statistics and notes on the individual vehicle). The text itself has been translated well and is clear and readable. The narrative is supported by plenty of supporting information, presented in a way that doesn't disrupt the flow (medal winners, timelines, lists of commanders, tables of organisation etc. The text us supported by plenty of first hand accounts of the action, which give a great feel for the sense of elation during the early successes and the depression as the fighting turned permanently against Germany. - History of War --History of War

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5.0 out of 5 stars As fine a work as Volume One! 17 Jun 2011
By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The complete history of Panzer Regiment 5 is produced in 2 volumes and is one of the most comprehensive historical records of any military unit ever published. As one would expect, both volumes are similar in format and design and, therefore, require me to repeat some of the comments from my review of Volume 1.

Author Bernd Hartmann served in the post-WW2 German army as a Lt. Colonel and is now spokesman for the Panzer Regiment 5 Veterans Association. Well qualified to write a history of a subject he fully understands, this volume covers the period from 1942-1945. Whereas Volume 1 takes the history of the Regiment from those early days where the Panzer 1 became the mainstay of the German army until 1940, that particular weapon's shortcomings were quickly replaced by much improved versions. Picking up exactly where he left off in Volume 1, Hartmann now takes the reader through that period when the German Panzer became the foremost weapon of its type in the world.

Once again we have a marvellous compilation of history - both written and visual. Speaking as one who spends his time immersed in research, I recognise this work as another triumph of detailed investigation and countless hours spent examining thousands of documents and other sources of information. Added to these is yet another large collection of historical photographs depicting so many men, so many tanks, so many battles...

With plenty of supporting information in the way of diagrams, facts, maps, documents and so forth, the reader will quickly realise how little, if anything, can have been omitted from this work.

When I was a boy, the Allies were the good guys and the Germans were the bad guys - just like Cowboys and Indians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As fine a work as Volume One! 14 Jun 2011
By Ned Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The complete history of Panzer Regiment 5 is produced in 2 volumes and is one of the most comprehensive historical records of any military unit ever published. As one would expect, both volumes are similar in format and design and, therefore, require me to repeat some of the comments from my review of Volume 1.

Author Bernd Hartmann served in the post-WW2 German army as a Lt. Colonel and is now spokesman for the Panzer Regiment 5 Veterans Association. Well qualified to write a history of a subject he fully understands, this volume covers the period from 1942-1945. Whereas Volume 1 takes the history of the Regiment from those early days where the Panzer 1 became the mainstay of the German army until 1940, that particular weapon's shortcomings were quickly replaced by much improved versions. Picking up exactly where he left off in Volume 1, Hartmann now takes the reader through that period when the German Panzer became the foremost weapon of its type in the world.

Once again we have a marvellous compilation of history - both written and visual. Speaking as one who spends his time immersed in research, I recognise this work as another triumph of detailed investigation and countless hours spent examining thousands of documents and other sources of information. Added to these is yet another large collection of historical photographs depicting so many men, so many tanks, so many battles...

With plenty of supporting information in the way of diagrams, facts, maps, documents and so forth, the reader will quickly realise how little, if anything, can have been omitted from this work.

When I was a boy, the Allies were the good guys and the Germans were the bad guys - just like Cowboys and Indians. Today, all that is gone and I am delighted to find a complete study of an important branch of the German Army from WW2 which has an honourable history - and the history of Panzer Regiment 5 is as honourable as any. It was important, therefore, that such an undertaking should have been fully and properly recorded and, once again, I really do congratulate the author on a most excellent job of work.

I consider this work as essential for historians and as fascinating reading for those with a passing interest.

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(British army major - retired)
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