Panzergrenadier Aces: German Mechanized Infantrymen in World War II (The Stackpole Military History Series) Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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Very well done on research. Most of these guys are overlooked by the exploits of Luftwaffe aces and the Panzer Corps. A definite must-read for anyone who loves WWII.Published 13 months ago by Sam
The author knows of which he writes as he was a PK correspondent during the war. Can't get any closer than that.Published 16 months ago by Alte Adler
this was a good book genrally It's free so you really can't complain and I'd look at other things this author wrotePublished on March 18, 2013 by Smart Shopper
Good book for those who have an ninterest in WWII history. A lot of details, interesting facts and views.
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