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The German Order of Battle: Panzers and Artillery in World War II Hardcover – 31 May 1999

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books; 1st edition (31 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853673595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853673597
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 3.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 730,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This text details the exact composition of G erman panzer and artillery forces in World War 2 and charts the formation and organization of those units throughout tha t conflict. '

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By Dean Allison VINE VOICE on 3 Jan 2011
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This is a good referrence book, it only covers the established panzer units and is a little skant about the artillery units.

I wanted details about the artillery used in Panzer Armee Africa and it wasn't in here, I also found finding information about specific artillery units difficult.

The Panzer division stuff is good and the book was worth my money, could have been better.
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This does exactly what it says on the tin; my only reservtion is that although it covers in detail the theoretical organisation it rarely ventures into the actual strengths of the various fofmations covered.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Once again, the story is left uncomplete 24 April 2000
By B Wilson - Published on
There have been few, if any, English language works on the German Order of Battle (OOB) in World War II that can compare with the multi-volume German language work of Georg Tessin.
While Mr. Nafziger's work compiles much valuable information about the German armored and artillery forces into a single volume, there are certain aspects of the work that detract from its worth.
There are occasional typos such as "Detuschland" which are unfortunate and hard to understand in an era of spell-checking routines built into every word processor.
Perhaps the largest problem with the volume is what has been left out. The most glaring omission has been the Panzer and Panzergrenadier units of the Waffen SS. It would be very handy to have a single English language source on all of Germany's armored units during the war. Mr. Nafziger does include Luftwaffe armored units, and hybrid organizations such as Panzerjaeger and Sturmartillerie. However, it appears the heavy independent tank battalions rate only minor mention, and the listing on Panzerjaeger units is, by Mr. Nafziger's admission, incomplete.
There is only occasional mention of the theaters in which the units were employed. This seemingly minor omission greatly reduces the worth of Mr. Nafziger's work, for it means once again works more difficult to obtain (Tessin for example) must be consulted to perform true order of battle analysis. Even a sketch outline of when the unit was in which theaters would have been far better than nothing. This is particularly needed in the case of Heerestruppen (army and corps level units) as there are practically no works addressing their deployment during the war.
I also wish Mr. Nafziger would make more use of original German terms instead of nonstandard translations. For example, he refers to "garrison artillery" [?], which I believe to have been what the Germans called "Festung Artillerie". The lack of mention of "Festung Artillerie" units in the work tends to support this belief, but such second-guessing should not be necessary in a reference work.
There appear to be some minor factual errors in the book, such as a bicycle brigade in Poland in 1945 that is not mentioned. Overall, though, for the units that Mr. Nafziger has chosen to include in the work, the material appears to be accurate and quite well organized. One can easily locate a particular unit and determine its equipment and organization at various points during the war.
The tables of organization for various units during different points in the war are very useful, as are the listings of the Heerestruppen artillery park units. I would like to be able to give this book a higher rating, but it unfortunately is like many English language books on the German OOB in that it addresses the topic incompletely.
Having said that, for the layman it is an excellent reference. It is only for the specialist that the omissions in the work have real significance.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
German Order of Battle: Panzers & Artillery of WW II 19 Mar 2000
By Richard Murphy - Published on
A massive, superbly researched and vital addition to the study of the Wehrmacht which is sure to rate as vital to the subject as Keilig and Tessin do now. My only grumble is that more coverage of the higher organisations (Korps/Armees etc.) would have been nice. Buy it!
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By Robert E. Van Tassel - Published on
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book was delivered on time, was as described, and I love it
Great Reference Book! 31 Mar 2012
By Blue & Gray 29er - Published on
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If you want a fairly good TO&E on German armor and artillery units, this is the book. It cover early and late formation and some of their combat (combat not in any detail though). Mr. Nafziger gives good detail on each Panzer and Artillery unit. For historical TO&E data on the these German units, this is the book to have.

2 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A must have reference book 13 July 1999
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Excellent reference book for those who study WW2 history
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