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Combat History of German Heavy Anti-Tank Unit 653: In World War II Paperback – 1 Dec 2005

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1st Edition(PB) edition (1 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811732428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811732420
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This work includes hundreds of photos, many never published before, of Germany's rarely seen tank destroyers, including the Ferdinand, Elephant, and Jagdtiger; colour illustrations focus on unit markings, numbering, and camouflage. Accompanying text chronicles the unit's combat operations; Personal accounts from the men who rode in these mechanical monsters. The German Heavy Anti-Tank Unit 653 was equipped with the heaviest tank destroying vehicles of the German armed forces. Initially activated as an assault gun battalion and re-designated in April 1943, the 653 received its first Ferdinand tank destroyers (later modified and renamed Elephants) in May 1943 and went into action on the Eastern Front a month later. In 1944, the unit converted to the even more massive Jagdtiger. The seventy-five-ton, heavily armoured Jagdtiger was the behemoth of the battlefield and boasted a 128mm gun - as opposed to the Ferdinand's 88 - with a range of more than thirteen miles, making it deadly despite its limited mobility. Outfitted with these lethal giants, the 653 saw service in Russia, Italy, Austria, and Germany.

About the Author

Karlheinz Munch, a veteran of the modern German Army, has also written a history of German Heavy Anti-Tank Unit 654.

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