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The Anvil of War: German Generalship in Defense on the Eastern Front [Hardcover]

Erhard Rauss , Oldwig Natzmer , Peter Tsouras
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books; 1st Ed. (U.K.) edition (30 Sep 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853671819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853671814
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,721,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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German Generalship in Defense of the Western Front in World War II written by 2 serving Officers in Russia.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but disjointed. 10 May 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a bit of a WW2 grognard I was looking forward to this. But it is very scrappy - jumping around almost at random in time and space - and disjointed - a page on the training of reindeer (caribou) handlers (seriously) was preceded by one on the Stalingrad airlift and followed by one on improvising winter clothing. Much of the information is now outdated and, in my opinion, much is very shallow; especially considering that it was originally written and printed as a kind of instruction manual for the American military. A pleasant enough read but only recommended for WW2 completionists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars German Improvisation and Defense Tactics 28 Aug 1998
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Format:Hardcover
This an oustanding book for those interested in how the Germans dealt with a numerically superior enemy that was well equipped and fighting on its home soil. The book is a monogram by two officers who served in Russia. The introduction by the editor gives the reader a first hand account of how the German general officers were convinced to write their own accounts as seen from the German side of the war. Many of these officers worked for years on compiling these accounts and by 1954 it involved 730 Germans,from Reichmarshall to Hauptmann/Rittmeister(Captain). The first part of the book focuses on the effect of the Russian winter and the improvisations the Germans had to take to adapt. The second part of the book focuses on the tactics employed again and again by the Germans to hold back a determined enemy, all this inspite of the fact that German generals were severly hamstrung by a pyschotic leader run amok. Good illustrations that depict accurately the military situation described in each encounter. Overall a very good book for the students of tactics and leadership.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Record of many unknown defense tactics of Germany in Russia 23 Sep 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book deals with NOT general history of Russo-German
War. It is more close to the technical document of military
tactics -- if you want to understand the situation in this book,
you first should have some knowledges about the entire war.
But, for the reader who have it, 'The Anvil of War' will be
an exciting supplementary reading account. It deals with
the very moment of Russo-German War -- mainly from personal
experiences of Generaloberst Rauss who was the commander of
6th Panzerdivision, 4th Panzerarmee and 3rd Panzerarmee.
And it also includes the bitter encirclement of 56,000 Germans
in Cherkassy and the bloody Belikye-Luki fighting, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to fight like a German 17 Sep 2012
By David Bustillos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First rate book. If You are like me, You served in the Military and you have read the usual war book. Now you are more intrested on how the fought their battles. This is one of those books.It explains from the German point of view the hows to conduct battles in diffrent conditions.
This is highly rated for those who wish to learn how to conduct a German thought battle
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