Repairing the Panzers 1 by Lukas Friedli
How did Germany keep its infamous Panzers running throughout six years of war? How did the German army prepare for motorised warfare? What mechanic was competent for what kind of damage? What special vehicles and recovery equipment were used by the maintenance units? How were they organised? How much supply reached the front during Operation ‘Zitadelle’ and how was it distributed among the battered divisions?
The answers to these and other questions are to be found here in this book. Based solely on original experience reports, diaries and manuals, you will learn how Panzers were recovered from various predicaments and what really put Panzers out of action. For the first time, you will get an inside look at the battle that went on behind the front lines to keep every Panzer possible in fighting condition. Panzerwrecks are proud to present these discoveries in a massive 256-page tome illustrated with 291 large-format photos, most unpublished and reproduced full-page size, plus 17 drawings, five diagrams, 19 tables and 17 K.St.Ns.
Author: Lukas Friedli
Physical: Hardcover, 280x210mm, landscape
1. Overview and Background
2. I-Dienste of the Field Troops
3. The Panzer Werkstatt
4. Armee, H.Gr. and the Homeland
5. Wheeled Vehicle Maintenance
6. Campaign Experience
7. Causes of Panzer Losses
Appendix (inc. Index and Glossary)
About the Author
Lukas Friedli is an attorney and a former Swiss Leopard II tank gunner who lives in Switzerland. He writes about military history and IP law. He studied at the University of Berne and Northwestern Law School, Chicago. After his acclaimed first book ‘Die Panzer-Instandsetzung der Wehrmacht’ in 2005, Lukas continued his research on the subject under the mentorship of the late Thomas L. Jentz. Years of research later, primarily in the Military Archives in Freiburg and the National Archives and Record Administration in Washington D.C., Lukas presents his latest findings in two volumes.