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When the United States entered the war in April the belligerents were approaching exhaustion. It had been hoped by the Generals in both Britain and France that untold numbers of fresh troops would be assimilated into their respective commands. However, this idea was firmly resisted, America would field its own army alongside the Allies — it would have its own section on the front line.
Those with concerns that the untried divisions under General Pershing would fair badly against the seasoned German military machine were soon reassured as impressive victories were won by the newcomers. Final Days of the Reich Ian Baxter. Each photograph fully captures the tension, turmoil and tragedy of those last, terrible days of war as Wehmacht, Waffen SS, Luftwaffe, Hitlerjungend, Volkssturm and other units, some of which where comprised of barely trained conscripts, fought out their last battles.
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Notify me of new posts via email. Skip to content The Casemate Blog Like history? Read about warfare? So do we. To read more about the featured Images of War titles and to see the full list of available titles, continue below: Auschwitz Death Camp Ian Baxter The concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau was the site of the single largest mass murder in history. Like this: Like Loading Memorial Day Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:.
Email required Address never made public. The black and white pictures show all manner of equipment and weapons, with even some Russian equipment thrown in for good effect.
In the center of the book is the expected set of four color plates. The artwork has been prepared by Ramiro Bujeiro, a new contributor to the series, and they show three infantrymen plus a Luftwaffe artilleryman in various uniform combinations. This well-illustrated book offers an insight into an important phase of WWII. His idyllic life was shattered by the German invasion on 1st September The crux of the memoirs are his wartime experiences during the Polish Campaign when he commanded a bicycle platoon in the 19th Lancers Regiment, taking part in the well-known Battle of Mokra when the Volhynian Cavalry Brigade held up a German Panzer Division.
Following the fall of Poland, he escaped across the mountains into Hungary and then to France to join the reforming Polish Army.
After the collapse of France, he was evacuated with the remnants of the Polish Army to Britain to continue the fight against Nazi Germany. He saw service in Scotland and then joined the British Army in West Africa as part of a scheme where Polish officers received short time commissions in the British Army.
His story ends with his decision to remain in exile after the Soviet takeover of Poland in , service with the Polish Resettlement Corps and first tentative steps in creating a new life in London. His love of horses forms a continuous theme throughout his life. His exploits as commander of a panzer battalion earned him further decorations during the French campaign.
Transferred to the newly formed 16th Panzer Division, he participated in the invasion of Yugoslavia and then Operation Barbarossa where he earned the Knight's Cross.
Now commander of a regiment, he reached the Volga and fought ferociously on the northern rim of Sixth Army's perimeter until wounded and flown out. Upon recuperation, he was named commander of the Grossdeutschland Division's panzer regiment, and won the Swords to the Knight's Cross during Manstein's counteroffensive at Kharkov. After fighting through Kursk and the ensuing defensive battles, he was transferred the next year to Army Group North where he won the Diamonds to the Knight's Cross at Narva.
Wounded 12 times during the war, and barely surviving a lethal car crash, he was finally able to surrender to the Americans in May This would be a nice historical supplement for those of you who play the boardgame Fighting Formations: Grossdeutschland Division. After fighting with the Freikorps and in between the wars, he was serving with the 1st Panzer Division when the Polish campaign inaugurated World War II.
Leading from the front, his exploits as commander of a panzer battalion earned him further decorations during the French campaign. The following year, during the advance on Stalingrad, he won the Oak Leaves for destroying Soviet tanks at Kalach. Now commander of a regiment, he reached the Volga and fought ferociously on the northern rim of Sixth Army's perimeter.
Severely wounded during the battles, he was flown out of the Stalingrad pocket and was thus spared the fate of the rest of Sixth Army. For the rest of the war, sandwiched around a stay in hospital, he commanded ad hoc battlegroups, and pioneered the formation of 'tank hunter brigades,' consisting of deep-penetration infantry armed with panzerfausts and other demolitions who would ambush Soviet tanks.
Counters unpunched. Blue Max replay , and more. Kursk is a comprehensive history of the last time that Germany held the strategic initiative in the war against the Soviet Union. Once that initiative was lost, a vengeful Red Army set the course for the eventual destruction of the Nazi state. Kursk shows how a bitter struggle developed between the German and Soviet forces, which sucked in huge numbers of tanks, and men into a small area, becoming the greatest armored battle of the war. The Red Army of was very different from the force that reeled before the German onslaught in , and its newfound professionalism and greater numbers wore down the attackers until all their momentum and the battle was lost.
The final chapter discusses the full implications of the battle for the Germans and Russians. The book's authoritative text is complemented with detailed maps that explain the troop movements that took place during the battle. It also includes appendices with information on orders of battle, losses and equipment.
Kursk is an expert account of the moment when the Nazi state lost the initiative against the USSR and how then the course was set for the eventual destruction of Nazi Germany. Includes several appendices.
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GOOD, no dj - Only 1 copy available - first come, first served He also helped negotiate the armistice with Italy, for which he was awarded the Military Cross. He was back in action in , when he crossed into Fascist-controlled northern Italy from Switzerland but was swiftly captured and interrogated by the SS. Narrowly avoiding a firing squad once again, he helped to secure the surrender of , German forces in Italy in May This first volume describes events until 9 January , during which period the German forces were pushed back forcibly under the weight of the Soviet offensive, and includes detailed daily situation maps in color to allow the reader to follow operations as they developed day by day.
The maps are presented in a separately bound map book to aid the reader's use of the study. The second volume will cover the period from 10 to 31 January and will describe the series of counterattacks undertaken by the Germans as they tried desperately to stabilize a situation that had already slipped beyond their control.
For the first time, here is a detailed and well-researched history of the important but neglected operation that was to be the beginning of the liberation of western Ukraine. Based on the unpublished records of the German 1st and 4th Panzer Armies, and supplemented by comprehensive mapping and order of battle data, this book provides an authoritative, detailed, and day-by-day account of German operations as they developed in response to the Soviet offensive. It also gives a vivid insight into the planning and decision-making of the German Army field commands in conducting not only a mobile defense, but also a series of counterattacks which, in the final analysis, could do little more than provide a temporary respite in the face of the growing strength and skill of the Red Army.
On 24 December , the Red Army launched the first of a series of winter offensives against the German Army Group South under von Manstein, the overall object of which was to liberate western Ukraine from occupation. This first offensive is known to Soviet historians as the Zhitomir-Berdichev operation.
Based on the unpublished records of the German 1st and 4th Panzer Armies, and supplemented by comprehensive mapping and order of battle data, this book provides an authoritative, detailed, day-by-day account of German operations as they developed in response to the Soviet offensive.
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It also provides a vivid insight into the planning and decision-making of the German Army field commands in conducting not only a mobile defense, but also a series of counterattacks, which, in the final analysis, could do little more than provide a temporary respite in the face of the growing strength and skill of the Red Army. Volume 2 includes the appendices, which provide order of battle details for both sides, and comes with a separately bound book of detailed daily situation maps in color to allow the reader to follow operations as they developed day by day.
The first volume, already available from Helion, described operations until 9 January , during which period the German forces were pushed back forcibly under the weight of the Soviet offensive. Together this two-volume set comprises a groundbreaking survey, which is likely to set a new standard for future studies of operational combat on the Eastern Front.
The battle for Bastogne would become the climactic event of the Battle of the Bulge saga: a rapid-fire, desperate assault by overwhelming German armored might against a desperate defense by ragged and weapons-strapped GIs trapped in the city. For hundreds of German and American soldiers facing off in the siege, the events of Christmas would destroy any sense of holiness and peace on earth. For the soldiers on both sides, and for the brave people of Bastogne, this would be no silent night.
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Good tactical descriptions on almost minute-by-minute basis. Reads well, if a little fragmented due to many really short sections between half and page and half on average per chapter. Still, well researched and quite interesting on how the US troops stopped the Germans from taking Bastogne. This just screams out for skirmish- or squad-level wargaming! Standing between the Allies and the Third Reich's industrial heartland was the city of Aachen, once the ancient seat of Charlemagne's empire and now firmly entrenched within Germany's Siegfried Line fortifications.
The city was on the verge of capitulating until Hitler forbade surrender. Following operations in France, Greece, and then Russia, it was not until the division was transferred to the Waffen-SS, and eventually upgraded to a Panzergrenadier division, the 4th SS Polizei Panzergrenadier Division.
Includes photographs. During the last days of the war, it was assigned to Army Detachment Steiner defending Berlin where many soldiers fought to the death. The latest book in the Images of War series uses over rare contemporary photographs to capture the scale, intensity, and brutality of the fighting that was unleashed on June 22, No less than 4.
Using previously rare and unpublished photographs, many of which have come from the albums of individuals who took part in the desert campaign, it presents a unique visual account of the famous Afrika-Korps' operations and equipment. Thanks to an informative caption with every photograph, the book portrays how the German Army fought across the uncharted and forbidding desert wilderness of North Africa. The book also examines how Rommel and his Afrika Korps were so successful and includes an analysis of desert war tactics which Rommel himself had created. These tactics quickly won the Afrika Korps a string of victories between and The photographs that accompany the book are a fascinating collection that depicts life in the Afrika Korps as seen through the lens of the ordinary soldier.