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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent source to learn about the 23rd PzD and the battles it fought, 17 April 2012
This review is from: Combat History of the 23rd Panzer Division in World War II (Paperback)
This review is from: Combat History of the 23rd Panzer Division in World War II, The (Paperback)
The 23rd PzD was activated in October 1941 in France and had to use a mixture of hand me downs. It ended the war in May 1945 in Austria. It may not be as famous as some of the other divisions of the Wehrmacht but none the less had a busy, distinguished career and was involved in some of the toughest battles of the war. To name just a few would be the several battles for Kharkov, the drive into the Caucasus, the relief attempt of 6th Army at Stalingrad and the subsequent pullback, Mius River Defense in mid 1943, Krivoi Rog, Jassy, the Sandomierz bridgehead and so much more.

Mr Rebentisch presents a nice blend of coverage of the officers and key men of the 23rd along with a very commendable battle history of the division, including its smaller secondary units as well as describing some of the other German units fighting alongside itself. The author shows the highs of the division as well as its lows, the spectrum covers from the logistical problems and insufficient equipment to the victories against superior forces. There is not a lot of specific coverage of the enemy. With the 23rd PzD fighting in so many different engagements and sectors, you will also get to see a pretty good overview of the war.

In addition to the relevant storyline is a nice photo gallery that takes up over 200 pages of the book. Since the book is large, most of the photos are large and covers the officers and their men, battlefield scenes, times between battles, the towns and cities fought for and a few photos of Russian civilians of those towns.

In addition to the photos are 104 mostly hand drawn but effective maps, that display the tactical situation of each campaign. Most campaigns show two or three maps each. The maps are either full page or half page. A number of full page color illustrations of tanks used are also included. A large Appendix closes out the book. It includes battle statistics and a battle history summary of the division assignments which was quite helpful. There are a few notes scattered throughout the book, a Bibliography but no Index.

I believe this book was well researched with the author using primary sources like war diaries at the Korp, Division as well as personal level. You'll get to learn about a capable panzer division, its battle activity and the war around it.

This book is a reprint. It was originally publish in 2009 by J J Fedorowicz under the title of "To the Caucasus and the Austrian Alps".
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