Customer Reviews


31 Reviews
5 star:
 (20)
4 star:
 (6)
3 star:
 (3)
2 star:
 (1)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Blitzkrieg was created.
Opening with an excellent foreword which puts you in the mindset of the German General Staff, this book allows you to understand WWII from the German perspective.
The book starts off by describing the development of German armoured warfare which arose out of a need for mobile defence, a direct result of the Treaty of Versailles. This gives valuable insight into how...
Published on 22 Jan 2003 by Paul

versus
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating view of the war but........
I've always had a sneaking admiration for Heinz Guderian and what he managed to achieve during WW2. His behaviour from other sources and historical books on the period would indicate he was something of a maverick and didn't care too much for the National Socialist government or his superiors who couldn't see the strategic view that Guderian did.

When I saw...
Published on 30 Mar 2010 by Tony Roberts


Most Helpful First | Newest First

4.0 out of 5 stars Memoires of the war, 31 Dec 1996
By A Customer
This review is from: Panzer Leader (Paperback)
General Heinz Guderian was one of the principle figures in
the development of the German Blitzkrieg. This book is his
memoires, written shortly after the war. He discusses the
resistance to his new tectical ideas, from more conservative
soldiers, and gives a description of the personalities in
the 3rd Reich. He has a rather lengthy discussion of his
campaigns in the war, which drags on too long for light
reading. But, it is livened up with anecdotes like Sepp
Dietrich in black face, and some indirect comments about the
general who got fired for marrying a hooker.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great military leader, 20 Jan 2003
After years of seeing and reading things written about the deeds of US,British, Russian Generals , Soldiers, at last I got the chance to read something entirely different in the form of Guderian's "Panzer Leader" .It shows why the German soldier was able to smash the resistance of much bigger enemies at the start of the war, but got maulled by the same at the end of it. It shows how close Hitler came to achieving his goals yet how he made a mess of it at the end. This is undoubtadly a great book written on the WW11, and the information you can gather is endless.
I just could not stop til I finished it, then I ordered Achtung panzer and finished it at ago as well. It is amazing to see the brilliance of the man, he would've achieved great feats had he served a better master.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 29 Jan 2003
A true insight into a great military genious, Guderian shows us what went wrong with the german war machine, which was undoubtadly the best in the world at the time. The numerous conflicts he had with Hitler and the OKH /OKW high command.It shows why a commander should lead his men from the front instead of sitting far away from the action .
although this is an autobiography, you can see clearly why Guderian started the war as a Genereloberst and ended at the same place when people who were far behind superceded him to become Field marshals
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 25 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Panzer Leader (Penguin World War II Collection) (Paperback)
Brought as a gift for son who is studying. This just adds to his vast collection.
Nicely packaged and fast service.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book, 2 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Panzer Leader (Penguin World War II Collection) (Paperback)
the book is so informative and a great read , shows why he was respected by all sides, MUST BUY
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Classic memoir of WW II, 16 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Panzer Leader (Penguin World War II Collection) (Paperback)
This book is a classic. Colonel General Heinz Guderian was one of the senior commanders in the Wehrmacht in the Second World War.He survived the war, even though he stood up to Hitler frequently. But he was never made a Field Marshal. The book is largely reconstructed from his own war diaries, and so get a bit tedious at times. Complaints were made that he did not describe in more detail how he coped with orders from Hitler to exterminate Jews and whole populations. Conscientious officers like Guderian had little option but to go along with orders, and do as little as possible. On the whole the book compares well with the notorious memoirs of Field Marshal Montgomery who believed he was always right, and any failure was the fault of others.

Guderian, like most senior officers in the Second World War, had survived the First World War. He was lucky enough to be selected as an officer in the 100,000 strong defense force, the Reichswehr, allowed to Germany. When Hitler came to power, this army had to be expanded to millions and trained. Tanks had to be built, even though Germany no longer had the facilities to make armor plate. Tank divisions, always called panzer divisions, had to be devised, furnished with tanks, and trained together.They were mostly light tanks, some armed only with machine-guns.But they brushed aside the much heavier British and French tanks.

This new army was thrown into war years before the generals considered it ready. What they achieved was astonishing, hence the interest in Allied circles how they managed it. But the Wehrmacht was ground down because Hitler could never bear to give up ground. In the closing days of the war he was dismissed from all offices by Hitler for defeatist views. Churchill, who was as interventionist as Hitler in military matters, tolerated those who opposed his views. General Alan Brook, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, had constant disagreements with Churchill, but was never sacked. Had Hitler listened to Guderian's advice the war might have lasted much longer.

It is no wonder that people were so eager to read Guderian's account of events
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars A really captivating account of a senior Wehrmacht Officers experiences, 15 Sep 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Panzer Leader (Penguin World War II Collection) (Paperback)
This self experienced account of leadership of the Wehrmacht leading up to, during and the final collapse of the Third Reich kept me reading it almost non-stop. Even though we all know the end of WW2 the view from the German side provides an interesting read.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful look into the Third Reich, 21 Jun 2013
This review is from: Panzer Leader (Penguin World War II Collection) (Paperback)
Battlefield and politics should never mix, and nowhere is that clearer than in Panzer leader. Charting the developments of Germany's Panzer forces during the 1920s & 1930s, Panzer Leader provides valuable insights into the challenges Guderian faced within his own service branch from vested interests, and the political interference that dogged him at every turn.

As others have pointed out, Guderian takes credit for the works of others, and any serious student of world war two would do well to cross reference this work with the writings of Von Manstein and other established academic texts.

On the question of ethics and morals, Guderian does little to explain why he served such a barbaric regime, using the shield of duty and the Prussian mindset to explain away his committed service.

His ignorance concerning the treatment of Jews in occupied Russia, and the notorius commissar order, is remarkable, given what we know about the co-operation of the Germany army in aiding the death squads operating behind the lines, but as somebody once said, hindsight is a wonderful thing.

In saying that, the above should not detract from what is a valuable piece of both military and political history. The folly of Hitler's insistence in micro-managing the German army is laid bare, and is in stark contrast to the shrewdness of Stalin, who was more content to detach himself from the military decision making (at least until victory was assured.) All in all, a great book for any student of military history.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars the Blitzkrieg's inventor, 25 Mar 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
As B.H.Liddell Hart says in the foreword of this book: "a man who has made history - on a great scale - gives us his own story of how he shaped it by means of a new idea, and how it led to an end he had not foreseen".
This book tells you the story of how blitzkrieg was born and how it was developed and how a war seemed to have been won and how, instead, it had been lost.
You will not find any doubts about the cause he was serving because, for him, it was sufficient to know that the fatherland was in danger.
This is a book of memoirs, but memoirs of a man that probably, without being hindered by a fool, he could have won a world war just following his idea.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3.0 out of 5 stars Quite technical, 1 Sep 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Panzer Leader (Paperback)
the very detailed and technical account of the war on various theaters such as Poland, France, and of course the eastern front by Gen. Guderian.

This book could sound a bit repetitive as the same points are repeated again and again:
- The relation between the General and Hitler
- The complaints on the lack of "warm clothes", lack of fuel, etc.
- As a reviewer clearly pointed out: the same text formulas are constantly repeated: "We move to A, repulsed a russian attack from X divisions, hold the position B, etc...which makes the reading a little bit dull and repetitive.

I must say I have a lot of respect for the man and enjoy reading his prophetic "Achtung Panzer" but this book was quite a hard read.
It is still worth a buy if you have any interest in military history but its definitely not for the amateur reader.

The photographs are quite stunning while the maps a bit confusing.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Panzer Leader (Penguin World War II Collection)
Panzer Leader (Penguin World War II Collection) by Heinz Guderian (Paperback - 6 Aug 2009)
£8.79
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews