Guderian’s Foxes: Aufklärungs-Abteilung 29 in photos from Barbarossa to Typhoon
Prior to Operation Barbarossa, the men of Aufklärungs-Abteilung 29, elite recon soldiers of the motorised 29. Infanterie-Division with several campaigns under their belt, emblazoned their vehicles with a creeping fox insignia, a seemingly apt emblem because they, too, were cunning, stealthy and observant. Yet once the campaign was in motion, it became apparent that gathering intelligence was closely connected with combat and casualties. But that was in the future. Before crossing the border into the Soviet Union and in the heady opening days of the campaign, they imagined they would always be out in front, sniffing a way forward, tracking their foe, feeling him out, yet avoiding confrontation. They would be foxes. Guderian’s foxes.
Uniquely positioned on the staff to capture the battalion’s exploits was Gefreiter Karl Jungermann, a reluctant soldier whose father owned a photo shop. With access to film stock and processing facilities, Jungermann became the unit’s photographer. After returning ill from the Eastern Front in April 1942, he created a photographic report, in reality a “sales catalogue”, which his comrades could browse and use to order prints.
Jungermann’s voluminous archive – original negatives, colour slides, the well-thumbed photographic report, stacks of individual photos and his diaries – forms the basis of this volume, all of it scrupulously researched, cross-checked and expanded using the war diaries of his parent division and supplemented with images from other sources.
Author: Jason Mark
Photos: 658 photos (549 black-and-white and 109 colour)
Colour profiles: 6
Maps & sketches: 21
Physical: Hardcover, 280x216mm, portrait
About the author
Since the self-publishing of his first book, Death of the Leaping Horseman in 2003, Jason D. Mark has become a world-renown military historian and is considered the pre-eminent historian on the battle for Stalingrad. He is a master military researcher and top-notch author that has the unique ability to combine tomes of original military documents, first-hand accounts, period photographs, maps and diagrams and then weaves them into vivid books that are difficult to put down. During a book’s research phase, which spans years, Jason uncovers new material about topics considered already well researched. This comprehensive approach results in books that are considered the gold-standard. Jason’s books are published by Leaping Horseman Books – a publishing house known for bringing to its readers only the highest of quality military history books.