Heinz Guderian's surprise attack through the Ardennes to the English Channel in them for the blitzkrieg of Panzers that were about to pour into Poland. Kenneth Macksey, author of Guderian: Panzer Leader “The memoirs of Hitler's to attract public notice in when his best-selling book about tanks, Achtung!. The Career. Heinz Guderian was born on June 17th of in Culm (at that time belonging to Germany, West-Prussia, now Poland, Chelmno) near the river.
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Panzer warfare had come of age, exactly as he had lesforgesdessalles.info first English translation of Heinz Guderian's classic book - used as a textbook by Panzer officers. Achtung Panzer! by Heinz Guderian, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Born in , Heinz Guderian served in World War One, came to HitlerÂ¿s attention in , was made corps commander.
The book also argues against the continued use of cavalry given the proven effectiveness of the machine gun, and advocates replacing the cavalry with mechanised infantry. Harry Potter. Want to Read saving…. Guderian does a great job of examining WW 1 tank operations and explaining the lessons of what went right and wrong in those battles. Guderian's arguments are clear, concise, and prophetic. Written in , this book is an interesting study of "what went wrong" in World War I, which is Guderian's focus throughout the text, as he probes different strategies that failed and succeeded.
It is very prophetic reading through his proposals and seeing just how many were applied by the Panzer forces, almost to the letter. In turn, some of his predictions on how enemies would react are spot-on.
It is no wonder, reading through this book, that the Germany tank forces and indeed military as a whole were so successful during the opening years of the Second World War. For military buff's, this is a must read and exceptionally well translated. An excellent book. Written in , this book is an interesting study of "what went wrong" in World War I, which is Guderian's focus throughout the text, as he probes different strategies that failed and succeeded. The text is certainly phrophetic with the rise of armoured vehicles' importance in modern warfare with their emphasis on speed, armour, and radios communication and coordination , which is quite the leap from trenches and fixed artillery positions from years before.
Not only that, but two years after t Written in , this book is an interesting study of "what went wrong" in World War I, which is Guderian's focus throughout the text, as he probes different strategies that failed and succeeded. Not only that, but two years after this book was published World War II started and the same tactics Guderian outlines in his text are used.
A lot of technical details make this read not necessarily a "pleasure" read, but scholars and history buffs will love Guderian's in-depth analysis also, the ending of the book ends on an interesting flourish commonly found in ancient Greek texts, where the writer invokes the favour of the gods for victory, revealing Guderian's classical education, common for officers in that era, adding a personal touch to this purposeful study.
I forced myself to read this before reading Guderian's 'Panzer Leader', just to give myself a little more background or insight into the author. I'm very happy that I did. It starts off rather slow, but, I guess, nec I forced myself to read this before reading Guderian's 'Panzer Leader', just to give myself a little more background or insight into the author. It's perhaps the last 4th of the book that contains the more straightforward discussion of what is needed to create such a force and how to employ it using surprise and terrain, and deploying the force 'en masse' at a decisive point, and his insistence on the use of radios, being the most memorable ones for me.
Aug 18, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: Heinz Guderian was a pioneer in the development of armored warfare and the most important military strategist in the first half of the 20th century. When distilled down to its most basic components, Guderian was an innovator in the application of a relatively new technology though we tend not to view these things through that lens.
The Ludendorff O Heinz Guderian was a pioneer in the development of armored warfare and the most important military strategist in the first half of the 20th century.
The Ludendorff Offensive represented a paradigm shift in war-fighting, and helped shape Guderian's views on the importance of armor, maneuver warfare, adaptability and initiative.
Heinz Guderian's autobiography is a thick read and should be avoided for all but the history and strategy buffs. I would also recommend Panzer Leader First of all I will admit that I love this book. I got it in high school and thoroughly enjoyed it. With that said, this book is not for everyone. Achtung Panzer is not a memoir or a novel, it is Guderian's argument for the use of tanks in modern warfare.
This book sums up tank use in WWI and the development of "blitzkrieg," albeit with Guderian's fairly biased opinions.
After the war Guderi First of all I will admit that I love this book. After the war Guderian played the book and his own role up a little bit but he was undoubtedly an important player in the development of Germany's Panzer Forces. All in all the book can be dry at moments and don't expect any epic story-telling, but it is still one of my favorite books.
Written in a straightforward manner, which may be how Guderian did it originally, or extra work on the part of the translator. Starts with a look at how the tank evolved, based on his own experiences in WWI.
Then it follows up with how the Allies improved things after Germany wasn't allowed to make its own following the Versailles Treaty. There are chapters on the organisation of German panzer units and how they fit in with other arms to work together and achieve objectives. Overall it's a good Written in a straightforward manner, which may be how Guderian did it originally, or extra work on the part of the translator.
Overall it's a good book. There are occasionally pieces which come across as flattery or self-aggrandizing possibly to make the views appeal to other armed forces who had different ideas about tanks than Guderian.
Jul 23, Matthew rated it really liked it Shelves: The first half dragged a bit for me in places, but then I lack a comprehensive prior knowledge of the organisations of the fronts in WW1.
Excellent introduction and notes in the English translation. Only real complaint is the production of the edition I read Cassell paperbacks.
The type is too small throughout the book, almost amusingly so by the time it gets to the end of chapter notes. The original maps have been reproduced, but, while these may have been a paragon of clarity in their time, would benefit from being re-drawn as finer vector line art — at present they appear dense and confusing with a great density of lines and labels in a small space. The Great War examples were astonishing and clearly pointed out how and why the tanks were invented and how they were misused at that point.
This then reveals the thought process behind the combined arms approach to tank warfare. In the " what goes on now " part one can see pretty clearly some of the forecoming developments, vehicle-wise at least.
A very, very interesting read. I had a good amount of " of course that's the way it should work! As far as I know, that is. Jan 19, Witek rated it it was amazing Shelves: A very far-sighted analysis of the panzer weapons capabilities.
One of the most talented military commanders of the 20th century begins with thorough dissection of WW1 positional warfare, proceeds to analyse allied tank attacks at the Somme, Cambrai and Soisson and then prognoses, how the future of tanks and war in general looks. His insights were proved very soon after this book was published- and when german tanks overran Poland, France, and a big chunk of USSR, Germany had mainly Guderian to A very far-sighted analysis of the panzer weapons capabilities.
His insights were proved very soon after this book was published- and when german tanks overran Poland, France, and a big chunk of USSR, Germany had mainly Guderian to thank for it. A solid primary source for those interested in learning about the pre-WWII evolution of German armoured theory.
However, enthusiasts should take note that much of the book centres on Guderian's analysis of Allied tank usage during the Great War, so be prepared for an historical lesson within an historical lesson. Steal the book-cover off something else preferably something socially acceptable like the new A solid primary source for those interested in learning about the pre-WWII evolution of German armoured theory. Steal the book-cover off something else preferably something socially acceptable like the newest addition to the YA fiction craze if you're going to read this on the bus.
An excellent history and study of early tank warfare. Would have been four stars but for the helpful notes, context, and corrections by the English language editor.
Guderian does a great job of examining WW 1 tank operations and explaining the lessons of what went right and wrong in those battles. He then applies those lessons to the then-current mid-late s political situation to argue how armor warfare should be fought. Guderian's arguments are clear, concise, and prophetic.
Heinz Guderian. Add to Basket. About this Product. This book gives a focused, military biography of Heinz Guderian, perhaps the most highly respected tank commander of World War II.
Guderian was a typical product of the Prussian military elite; the son of a general in the army, there was little doubt that he would follow in his father's footsteps. Some consider Guderian to be the founding father of blitzkrieg warfare, and he certainly brought the whole concept to public attention and prominence, chiefly through the publication of his book Achtung Panzer in Skip to main content. View larger image. Heinz Guderian Sign Up Now!
Synopsis This is one of the most significant military books of the twentieth century. By an outstanding soldier of independent mind, it pushed forward the evolution of land warfare and was directly responsible for German armoured supremacy in the early years of the Second World War. When that war came, just two years later, he proved it, leading his Panzers with distinction in the Polish, French and Russian campaigns. Panzer warfare had come of age, exactly as he had forecast.