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4.0 out of 5 stars A verbal history about the men who fought the panzer war in Russia
Mr Schaufler has edited a nice verbal history of the war in the east. The story begins with the Germans crossing the Bug River in June 1941 and ends with the fall of Danzig at the end of the war. It excludes the fall of Berlin. The panzer divisions covered are the 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, and 18th. There are many other divisions mention on an incidental level. Since the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars To War Without Tanks
when i see the word panzer i expect to be reading about tanks and tank men. The majority of the book concerns the motorized infantry and especially the signal corps, so mention of tanks & tank battles are rare and off-camera, like muffled engines heard from the other side of a forest. So i have to say that the book description & title are misleading. That said, the book...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A verbal history about the men who fought the panzer war in Russia, 12 May 2012
This review is from: Panzer Warfare on the Eastern Front (Hardcover)
Mr Schaufler has edited a nice verbal history of the war in the east. The story begins with the Germans crossing the Bug River in June 1941 and ends with the fall of Danzig at the end of the war. It excludes the fall of Berlin. The panzer divisions covered are the 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, and 18th. There are many other divisions mention on an incidental level. Since the author was a member of the 35th PzR of 4th PzD, the 4th PzD dominates the entire book while the other divisions are covered in two or three engagements each. There were many areas covered but Operation Barbarossa and the Soviet counter offensive in December 41 is prominent and includes coverage of the 4th, 9th 11th and 18th divisions. The other major engagement covered would be the defense of Danzig at the end of the war. Other areas covered include Mtzensk, Gzhatsk, Stalingrad, Kursk, Orel among others. My favorite would be the coverage of 16th PzD during the reduction of the pocket of Stalingrad but the siege of Danzig was also good and I was able to learn some new things.

Accumulating a wealth of primary information like divisional and regimental war logs, personal diaries and interviews during his lifetime, the author has weaved together a creditable war history. It's a verbal history by tankers and foot soldiers. Its personal and tactical; you won't see the strategic, the big picture brought to you by the upper echelons of command. Its also almost entirely from the German perspective; there is little specific Soviet information but the author doesn't pull any punches and presents what the men felt and said. Acts of bravery are of course mentioned as well.

The author shows the hardships of fighting the war in Russia, not only fighting an endless pool of relentless enemy soldiers and partisans but also the freezing, snowy conditions in winter, the deep muddy swamps that the dirt roads turn into after a heavy rain as well as the endless steppes you have to travel when you're low on fuel. The book is almost evenly divided between the fighting of the enemy and surviving the elements. Much is said about surviving the sub-zero temperatures for man, horse or machine.

There are a few hand drawn maps and a lot of good photos though some are quite gruesome. An appendix with OBs of the above panzer divisions including command history is provided but there are no Notes, Bibliography or Index.

The author has also published "Knight's Cross Panzers", a book on the 35th PzR of 4th ID and would make good supplemental reading as well though there is some duplication between the two books.

This is an interesting read though its not comprehensive or strategic and its one sided but there are many small skirmishes mentioned that I've never heard of and for that reason alone I enjoyed the book but I enjoyed it even more by reading about the deeds and thoughts of the Landser as they try to survive an impossible war.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a book with articles by men who were actually at the front, 24 Nov 2013
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This book is none of the best I have read on the Eastern Front. It focusses not on grand strategy but at individual contact level. The detail is very good and the many short stories and anecdotes make for gripping, and easy reading.
There is not a great deal on tanks per se, but the tanks were supported by Grenadiers who feature highly.
A good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 20 Nov 2013
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Really good read. Even better as it cost nothing on Kindle! WOuld recommend it anyway to any Military history fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A moving, personal account I am able to highly recommend., 18 Feb 2013
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Ned Middleton (British professional underwater photo-journalist & author) - See all my reviews
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Whilst the Tank itself was a British invention from WW1, Germany had already developed early versions of her own by the end of that war. Under the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was then prohibited from having any form of military armoured vehicle - but that was only monitored up to 1927. That, however, did not prevent Germany from developing the Panzer and conducting formal training in tank warfare outside the country. By the outbreak of WW2, therefore, German Panzers were probably the most formidable force of such weapons found in a single country. With improvements continually being made, it says much for German engineering that they continued to lead the field in such development.

In this work, we learn much about what it was like to be serving in a German Tank on the Eastern Front during WW2. Written by a survivor from the conflict which became, in many ways, the beginning of the end of Hitler's Germany, the reader will quickly come to feel for the honest German soldier sent to a war with Russia and into the Russian winter often knowing it was a war which was never going to be won.

This is not a story about Barbarossa, Kursk or Stalingrad and yet it is about all of these as we hear of the German officer, for example, who pauses long enough to play the church organ in a bombed-our building during a lull in other proceedings in which he was fighting for his life. This is about the day-to-day routine of entire crews who might be wiped out by a single enemy shell at any time (and often were) and the day-to-day impact of knowing that an enemy force might be lurking, watching, just out of sight.

Photographs are found as and when they are relevant to the text and not as a collection of glossy images placed together. Whereas the quality of those images suffers from (a) not being on that glossy paper and (b) often being snapshots taken by those involved at the time, the manner in which they appear provides far greater impact by being where they should be as you read the book. The most moving are those which depict the dead of friend and foe with the author having the grace to recognise bravery on `both' sides.

Author Hans Schäufler served with 35 Panzer Regiment of the 4th Panzer Division. This is his story and it one I can highly recommend.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating read, 21 May 2014
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An enjoyable exposure of war on the eastern front, easy to read and helpful for understanding the uselessness of conflict
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5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the end., 4 Jan 2014
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A great step by step guide to the ending of the German assault of Russia ! A soldiers view of a retreat that left so many dead on both sides .
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3.0 out of 5 stars To War Without Tanks, 8 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Panzer Warfare on the Eastern Front (Hardcover)
when i see the word panzer i expect to be reading about tanks and tank men. The majority of the book concerns the motorized infantry and especially the signal corps, so mention of tanks & tank battles are rare and off-camera, like muffled engines heard from the other side of a forest. So i have to say that the book description & title are misleading. That said, the book contains some interesting first hand accounts of life in the soviet winter, deep in the forests where the cold was as much an enemy as the soviets, who for the most part seem under-trained and ineffective. The most moving passages are the accounts of the fall of Danzig, where the german tankmen, deprived of their tanks due to shortages of fuel & spares, try to supervise the evacuation of the city before the soviets arrive. The Soviets are painted as bloodthirsty & brutal, and we don't get a sense that the Germans were simply reaping what they had previously sewn. Grainy b&w pictures are included.
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