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on 6 February 2001
This book, written by Heinz Guderian, a pioneer of the development of armoured warfare, is a work of theory intended to help the pre-WWII German armed forces prepare for the warfare of the future, but also a work of history. More than half is devoted to an extenive analysis of Western Front tank actions in order to draw out lessons for the present. The rest of it is devoted to the post war developments in other countries and the doctrine that should be adopted by the German army for its future organisation and planning. There is no abstract theorising and the way it is written is very pragmatic. This book is characterised by the lack of national chauvinism, even though it was written in just a few months with the polemical cause of gaining the widest possible publicity for the cause of the armoured divisions (Panzerdivisionen), in order to enroach upon the theories of Panzers' institutional opponents and secure the maximum resources for this revolutionary weapon. There are some minor errors of the writer, mainly due to the inaccurate informations of some of his sources, but the book is otherwise flawless and these errors are marked in the editor's notes. In this edition of the book there are also some photos depicting various tanks and armoured cars of the era, very helpful in visualising many vehicles the author refers to. Overly, an excellent book in its first English translation, a real classic.
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on 13 March 2008
Heinz Guderian was the father of blitzkrieg and the German armored troops. This book was written prior to WWII and is an extremely interesting read. If you are interested in tank warfare this is a classic not to be missed. can recommend you also read his "Panzerleader" written after WWII.
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