- Hardcover: 315 pages
- Publisher: Tempus; First Thus edition (1 Mar. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752420216
- ISBN-13: 978-0752420219
- Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 17.6 x 2.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 930,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Panzer Battles Hardcover – 1 Mar 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
The tanks and hardware are explored in little detail at certain points (purely to set the scene in some cases). This is unfortunate as some of the advancements, certainly in allied arms did heavily tip the balance by allowing them to meet the Germans on even terms.
Actions are handled in broad strokes (don't expect any gritty detail in this book) and on occasions down to the fine detail of numbers captured and tanks destroyed - german losses are mere footnotes and the successful tactics of the allies are rarely explored. Arras gets a few lines. El Alamein isn't even featured, although to his credit the author was shipped home sick towards the end of the north african campaign.
That being said, he was absent for many of the other battles he explores on the basis of others' experiences - so absenteeism is no excuse.
For all its shortcomings, this book is still effective as a memoir of a staff officer with first hand experience commanding on all three of the major fronts during the war in Europe. Well worth reading - but perhaps should be followed by the work of others for the sake of a more balanced (or in depth) view.
Although there are some useful insights and anecdotes,
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One of the best books on the subject written by one of the acting spectators. Action from the outset of the war, till the end, flying past various theatres of war. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2007 by Luis Miguel Vale
Exellent description, a defiate read, he describes in great detail the battles in Russia, the Balkans, Poland, France, Africa, how he spoke with many of the generals.Published on 23 April 2001 by email@example.com
I have read numerous WW2 books and this book definately ranks near the top. Von Mellinthin relates the battles in Africa and then his experiences in Russia. Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2001 by firstname.lastname@example.org
I read this book aprox 15 years ago but I still think its a very interesting book. Its written with a low voice, and he is not exusing himself for being a German soldier. Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 1999