Panzer Krieg Volume 1 – German Armoured Operations at Stalingrad
Panzer Krieg Volume 1 examines, for the first time, the operations of Panzer formations at Stalingrad in detail, from creation until demise.
Stalingrad is perceived as a fierce man-versus-man struggle in the ruins of a major metropolis and the surrounding steppe; yet, 6. Armee possessed formidable armoured assets that helped it reach the Volga, defended its flanks and even supported assault groups within the claustrophobic confines of the city.
In this first volume of a series dedicated to studying German armoured operations at Stalingrad, the combat histories of Panzer-Abteilungen 103, 129 and 160 are examined in detail. These Panzer battalions, drawn from Panzer regiments on the quieter central sector of the Eastern Front, were incorporated into motorised divisions for the 1942 summer campaign, and though most of their men thought they were headed to the Caucasus, all roads ultimately led to Stalingrad. As manpower levels dropped in their parent formations, the Panzer battalions assumed a more significant role in holding lengthy flanks while the main body of 6. Armee laid siege to Stalingrad. After encirclement in November, the Panzers assembled for a break-out operation, and when that failed to eventuate, they supported their struggling infantry brethren with plucky counterattacks and steadfast defence until fuel, ammunition and morale were depleted.
Unprecedented access to Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt), a government agency that maintains records of former Wehrmacht personnel, has permitted the life and death of each battalion to be analysed in incredible detail. The narrative is enhanced by hundreds of rare photos drawn from official archives, private collections and the albums of veterans themselves.
Panzer Krieg Volume 1 is a heavy book. Like all our orders, it will be well packaged using specialist packaging.
Author: Jason Mark
Aerial Photos: 12
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.