- Series: World War II Library
- Paperback: 355 pages
- Publisher: Dell Publishing; 1st edition (February 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440208025
- ISBN-13: 978-0440208020
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 235 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Colonel Hans Von Luck (World War II Library) 1st Edition
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This unique memoir tells the story of one of the field-grade officers whose martial skills sustained the Third Reich against a world in arms. Von Luck fought in the Wehrmacht's armored forces for six years in Europe, Russia, and North Africa; then spent five years in a Russian labor camp. His narrative is as free from cant as it is from braggadocio and false modesty. It presents a soldier, a warrior, and a leader who never failed his men, and whose courage never faltered. It also portrays someone whose comprehensive lack of insight into the nature of the regime he served will be difficult for many readers to credit. Yet von Luck's sincerity is apparent; and his was a mind-set too widespread in Germany to be dismissed as mere self-exculpation. Failure to understand it leaves the Nazi years a mystery. Recommended for collections in this area, especially as a counterpoint to Sieg Heil!: War Letters of Tank Gunner Karl Fuchs, 1937-1941 ( LJ 9/1/87), whose narrator served in the same division as von Luck on the Russian front.
- Dennis Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs
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"For sheer breadth of recorded experience, no soldier's memoir can match it."
--Military History Quarterly
"One of the more valuable World War II memoirs...an exceptional volume."
"A soldier, a warrior, and a leader who never failed his men, and whose courage never faltered."
"The ultimate professional soldier...a personal history that may provide guideposts for the future."
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It was fascinating to hear about the informal truces in the front lines when the opposing armies were only hundreds of meters from each other. It shows the idiocy of war when those on the front lines can show respect and compassion for the other side.
In a way, there was great respect for the enemy on both sides and countless lives were spared because of it. We always hear of the atrocities of war it's encouraging to know there were instances of compassion on both sides too.
I always enjoy reading about imprisonment and how the soldiers survived. In this book I learned that not all Russian prison camps were as cruel as I thought. The POWs and camp guards developed an understanding even trust of each other to survive.
I would definitely recommend the book