- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Stackpole Books (1 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811710823
- ISBN-13: 978-0811710824
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Panzer Wedge (Stackpole Military History): 1 (Stackpole Military History Series) Paperback – 1 May 2012
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About the Author
Lt. Fritz Lucke served with the German Army during World War II. Robert Edwards, a retired U.S. Army armour officer, has taught at West Point. He lives in Navarre, Florida. Michael Olive has been researching military history for decades, with a focus on tanks and aircraft. He lives in British Columbia.
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Its my understanding this book was originally published in 1942 with the sole purpose of stoking the fires of patriotism in the homeland.
The original book was probably never meant to be anything but highly biased and I suspect that Robert Edwards and Michael Olive have spent a lot of time editing and dialing down this zeal to a more manageable level as well as adding new material. My idealistic views may be a little harsh considering this background but my comments are made based on the final product regardless of the historical circumstances
Having been with the division and using his own experiences as well as using diaries and interview material from his comrades, Lt Fritz Lucke has reconstructed a very personal history of one of the elite panzer divisions of the Eastern Front that had nearly 50 Knight's Cross recipients. It begins on the eve of the Russian invasion and ends shortly after crossing the Dnepr River around the August period. The division was part of the mighty 2nd PzG and had an important role in the closing of the Kiev pocket among other important engagements.
This is more of a verbal history of the men and internal affairs of the division than it is a hard core technical and analytical presentation of the division's tactical contribution to Operation Barbarossa. The tactical aspects of this book is way too general for me; its true that certain cities, roads, objectives or other milestones are mentioned as the drive progresses but the complete picture of each engagement is not provided, nor is this comprehensive for there are engagements mention in other books that are missing here.Read more ›
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