Panzergrenadier Aces: German Mechanized Infantrymen in World War II (The Stackpole Military History Series) Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0811706568
ISBN-10: 0811706567
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About the Author

Franz Kurowski served as a reporter in the German Army during World War II and has since written over one hundred books. He lives in Germany.

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  • File Size: 5200 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0811706567
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (August 31, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 31, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CRTNBO
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This book is similar, but shorter than the others previously published by the author. The stories of eleven German Knight's Cross awardees is presented. Each chapter starts with a first hand account of a battle, then a brief summary of the soldier's background, and then into accounts of their experiences in combat.

Each chapter is very short, from 16 to 27 pages, providing a quick glimpse into each soldier's experience. Not as detailed in Infantry Aces I and II or Panzer Aces I and II.

The introduction is interesting to read on the formation of the Panzer Grenadiers along with their expected lifespan in combat. For a platoon leader, it was seven days. There are also many interesting photos of the different vehicles and weapons used by there German Army in World War Two.

Appendix B provides a listing of the unit formations that formed each significant Panzer Grenadier formation. This is very helpful for those who play miniature wargames and want to re-create accurate scenarios or campaigns.

What is interesting about each of their experiences is how they were successful in battle when combined arms were used. Tanks with mechanized infantry, supported by artillery and engineers in their "fighting groups", gave them the combat power and flexibility to defeat more numerous Russians, who initially had better armored and larger caliber guns on their tanks (T-34 and KV-1). When combined arms were lacking, operations were much less successful.

What the book lacks is explaining how each unit performed their refit and training back into a combat effective formation. The book does describe how depleted and devastated formations were pulled form Russia and sent to France and Italy to reconstitute and refit prior to being sent back into Russia.
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Not one of Franz Kurowski's best. I have enjoyed several of his books in the past but this one is not on the same level as Infantry Aces, Panzer Aces, Luftwaffe Aces etc. I was particularly disappointed that he took a chapter straight out of Infantry Aces (Rudi Brasche)and put it in this book verbatim. It is still a decent read but is more of a statement of facts then the more exciting reads he normally writes. There are some good pictures though.
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I liked these books. Just like the panzer aces, infantry aces, and Luftwaffe aces you get surprisingly detailed sketches on a number of individuals. I enjoy these type of books versus a full book on one soldier because you are not presented with some of the non action filler needed to make a full book.

You are presented with the important combat actions of the soldiers and the stories always seem to emphasize the point that quick device action with rapid fire power and fewer men often trumps more indecisive action by more soldiers.
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In the tradition of the author's other Aces books, this gives a useful perspective of the German side. This book's focus is on the Panzergrenadier battalions of the Panzer and Panzergrenadier divisions of the German army during the Second World War. Mostly anecdotal by nature, the book is a good read. This is not meant to be a scholarly work, but more a collection of war records of different individuals who received recognition for their bravery and leadership.
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This new volume by author Kurowski is well done, even though written in a rather formulaic manner. The format is very familiar to readers of the "Panzer Aces" series, and describes the combat accomplishments of the leading warriors of SPW units.(SPW: Schuetzen Panzer Wagen)

The SPW units all employed the ubiquitous half-tracked vehicles in a profusion of models, as well as motercycle infantry. The key to mechanized warfare is mobility and firepower. The German soldiers described herein were all masters of the art of war, and uniformly wore the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross in various levels of attainment.

This book doesn't stand out from the pack of other books written by the author, but is a must-own for serious students of W.W. II. I'm happy with my purchase, and it fits in well with my other volumes in the Stackpole Military History series.
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After having ordered several titles from the Stackpole Military History Series I have found each of them very interesting and well worth the investment. Especially this author in the series, Franz Kurowski, gives the reader the feeling of "being there." Each volume gives the reader several engaging and exciting personal stories that enthusiasts like me are able to live the story through the lives of these brave, dedicated and very resourceful soldiers. I highly recommend this volume by Kurowski and, so far, all volumes in this series.
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At 5,456 locations (299 pages), this is a solid read on some of the panzergrenadiers of WWII. Most were WWI vets, and one was Flemish. Very interesting reading especially about his post-war experiences, as he fled to Germany to avoid prosecution.

As you would expect, it's mostly Eastern front combat. Well worth reading.

Picked it up when free, as Stackpole often puts their books up for free.
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It has been difficult to write about WW II from the German point of view. Kurowski and his books were under constant pressure of critics and unofficial but brutal censorship even before the books to be out of his desk. He sacrifices some of the convictions and direction of thoughts of his characters. Because of that the whole book is somewhat looking like some sort of calamity between mechanic robots moved by the motivation of their duty and crazy berserkers. Time to time all is looking dry and spurious patches from newspapers. In first glance, the real spirit of the third Reich is distorted to the level of absence or even worse... to the level of contemporary visions of the war. However, Kurovski has his ways and for the dedicated, readers can be revealed the events concealed in words behind the words. And I give him my respect for his mastery in that concealing. The book is not simple boom-boom comics but something deep and serious as WW-II.
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