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Viking Panzers: The German SS 5th Tank Regiment in the East in World War II [Kindle Edition]

Ewald Klapdor
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Classic World War II unit history of the 5th SS Panzer Regiment, part of the 5th SS Panzer Division "Viking."


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11298 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (5 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051GFB4I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,393 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting story of a key regiment 10 Jun. 2011
Format:Hardcover
After a brief introductory history of its activation, the author quickly moves directly into the battle history of this elite regiment. The history begins in mid 1942 during Operation Blue. Viking was part of Army Group A's drive through southern Ukraine as it headed for the important river city of Rostov. After its capture the army headed south into the Caucasus to take control of the oil Germany desperately needed but only achieved the Maikop-Grozny line before the Soviets stopped their advance and began pushing the Germans back to Rostov and eventually all the way to the Donets River. Add the trouble at Stalingrad and AGS was in desperate trouble. This fighting takes up the biggest portion of the book, approximately 115 pages.

Chapter four delivers coverage from 1943 to the end of the year where the Soviets forced Manstein back from the Donets to the Dnepr River and eventually to the Korsun Pocket. After Korsun, Viking is seen in the Kovel, Brest-Litovsk and especially Warsaw area. After losing Warsaw, Viking ends the war in the Lake Balaton area, west of Budapest.
The author has an interesting writing style; it's a blend of anecdotal with the operational. You'll see the many hardships of battle and a few lighter moments. You'll read about the dangers that individuals and small groups have to cope with on the battlefield - not only being shot at or shelled or fighting for days at a time with little sleep but also worrying about the constant threat of snipers or partisan attacks. Fighting the heat and choking dusk of summer, the freezing winter temperatures or the building of corduroy roads in the rainy season are also endured. The constant maintenance of your panzers or running out of food or other vital supplies are also realities to deal with.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's get things right 19 April 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a very good book which is let down by some of the maps which are very hard to read. That said, the narative and the photos are great, they really give you a good idea of what life was like in this one of the premier SS tank regiments.

I hope Amazon can remove Tymo's silly one star review which unfairly distorts the rating for this great book. Not only is his reason for one star incorrect but why give a review when you admit you have not even read the book? If he had, he would have realised his error.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Viking Panzers 22 Jun. 2012
By Paulo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is one of the best books on combat in WW2 its a shame its been marked down by a reviewer who hasnt read it. I highly recommend it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compensation for tymo's silly review 27 Oct. 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book is about the tank regiment of the Viking division, so the title is justified. Please don't post silly reviews just to show how smart you are. This is an outstanding book on the subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 4 Feb. 2013
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Great book, would recommend it for those interested in this subject. Only let down is the quality of the maps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 26 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Excellent military history, extensively and thoughfully put together, backed up with extensive research and great detail. Highly recommended to any military historian.
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