A comprehensive history of German armored reconnaissance in World War II, containing hundreds of rare and never-seen-before photos. Accomplished tank expert Robert Edwards, a retired American armor officer and former instructor at West Point who has studied armor for decades, offers a comprehensive history of German armored reconnaissance in World War II. The book begins with an examination of the development of reconnaissance doctrine and then describes how the Germans put theory into practice on the battlefield with infantry, cavalry, fast troops, the Waffen-SS, and Luftwaffe ground formations. All types of armored vehicles are described and illustrated, such as light armored cars, command-and-control vehicles, foreign armored cars used by the Germans, half-tracks, and motorcycles. The uniforms of the reconnaissance troops are covered, as are tactical insignia. The book is illustrated throughout with hundreds of black-and-white photos, many of them rare and never published before, depicting all manner of vehicles, soldiers, and more. One of the highlights of the book is the insert featuring color diagrams of vehicles. This book is an essential reference for historians, buffs, collectors, and modelers.