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Heinz Guderian served in World War I, came to Hitler's attention in 1935, was made corps commander of Panzer troops and promoted to General in 1938. His tanks were greatly successful in the invasions of Poland and France and, perceived as pro-Nazi, Guderian was much in favor. However, when the Russian invasion failed in the winter of 1941, Guderian was forced to resign, not to regain his position until 1944, when the war was all but lost. He died in Bavaria in 1954.

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  • Series: Cassell Military Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell; New Ed edition (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304352853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304352852
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By B. E. Hansen on August 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you're into the history of WWI and WWII, this is a must read book. It's written by the German general Heinz Guderian in 1937, two years before the outbreak of WWII. In this book Guderian outlines his visions on how armored warfare should be conducted. He's doing this by drawing parallels to how World War One was fought - and lost - by the Germans. Guderian goes into to detail about several of the most important battles on the western front during WWI.
In reality it was Guderian who invented the blitzkrieg - and not Rommel - like most people seem to believe. It's really spooky to see how Guderian outlines his visions of warfare in 1937 - when we now know how he himself used just those tactics to run over Poland and France only two years later.
Guderian was a professional soldier, and not a politician. Not once in the book does he speak nazi-propaganda. On the contrary he was one of the few who dared to oppose Hitler, something who got him relieved from command in 1943. He was re-instated one year later when Hitler desperately needed him in an attempt to solve the crisis on the Eastern front.
Guderian was tried before the Nürnberg-court after the war, but was acquitted of all charges.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey White on October 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Once I started to read this book I could not put it down. Historians throw the word "blitzkrieg" around, but after you read this inerpetation; a lot of the tactics and use of armour in conjunction with artillery, infantry, and close air support, makes perfect sense. A must for anyone interested in tactics and the WWII German military.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2000
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Guderian, J.F.C. Fuller and Basil Liddell Hart make up the holy trinity of blitzkrieg warfare. Consolidating and clarifying the concepts of this holy trinity, this book is the story of Guderian's efforts to put them into practice. How successful was he? That's easy to understand if you comprehend the meanings of: Barbarossa, Poland, and the Drive to the Sea. This is the book Patton studied. This book is the root of modern combined arms warfare. A must for the professional military officer.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Albin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 24, 2004
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Heavy armored columns accompanied by motorized infantry and artillery punch through static defenses and take advantage of the limited mobility of their opponents to make deep penetrations into the enemy's rear areas. Indispensable for the attack is close air support providing considerable firepower and crucial intelligence. All is bound together by cutting edge communications technology.
The American Army in Iraq? Correct. But originally the German Panzer divisions in Poland, France, and the Soviet Union. While the Pentagon trumpets the innovative nature of their strategy and tactics in Iraq, it is actually just the logical extension of the combined forces approach that is the bedrock doctrine of land warfare since the opening of days of WWII. If the combined forces approach is gospel, then Heinz Guderian was its greatest prophet.
This book, written primarily to promote Guderian's views among his fellow German officers, was an important element in establishing the Panzer Division as the cutting edge of the German Army. It is important to realize that this book was not written for general audiences but is rather a case book type analysis aimed at convincing other officers of the absolute necessity of Guderian's approach. It contains, consequently, a close analysis of several WWI engagements aimed at demonstrating the futility of traditional infantry/artillery based attacking tactics complemented by careful analysis of early attempts to use armor. These occupy most of the book. It concludes with relatively brief sections on Guderian's own views of how offensive warfare should be conducted. Guderian spent a good part of the inter-war period teaching military history and this book provides evidence that he was an experienced pedagogue.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Hand on May 28, 2010
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I enjoy WWI and WWII history, especially the machinery that came from those wars. WWI, especially, was the first time the modern ways of the Industrial Revolution clashed with the previous century's way of conducting war. Since this title will be of interest mainly to those who share a similar interest I will spare everyone a detailed history lesson. I can sum it up by stating that the refinement of the machine gun, improvements in artillery, the introduction of gas attacks, the development of a military use for aircraft, and the huge human resources available to feed into the meat grinder produced a slaughter unimaginable at the time and still horrendous today. The conflict evolved into a stalemate that seemed to do little but demand more sacrifice on the part of all combatants and civilians caught up in it all. The need to breach fortified defenses and hold them led to the development of the tank. While slow, unreliable, cumbersome and unwieldy at first, once tactics learned by trial and error as well as bloody experience began to yield results, the tank was on its way to becoming a battlefield necessity.Even though the British and the French were the pioneers in the development, there were still many who doubted its value and wanted to abandon it just as aircraft had their detractors. A few had the vision to understand the potential of the tank and began to think of how it could be deployed to maximum effect. A few of these also had the courage to state that the old ways of war, especially with mounted cavalry, were obsolete. Heinz Guderian was one of these men and this book, originally published in 1937, is a translation of a thesis/report/history he wrote of the tank after some 15 years of study and just a few years before he was to put his thoughts into action.Read more ›
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