This reprint of the third edition of Colonel-General Heinz Guderian’s book is concerned with his thoughts on the armoured unit and its tactics, together with his vision of infantry-tank co-operation. He starts with a review of the significant tank attacks during the First World War: Cambrai, Soissons and Amiens, and he analyses the reasons for the relative failure of tank tactics in that conflict. He then looks at the development of the tank and its tactics in Britain, France and Russia between the wars. The main part of the book, however, is now presented: his own concept of the tank and its tactical and strategic use.
Guderian examines armoured reconnaissance, and then discusses tanks in the attack. He goes on to look at infantry-tank co-operation and tactics and finally examines Italy’s experiences in Abyssinia and the Spanish Civil War. This is a thoughtful piece of military analysis by arguably one of the great tank generals of all time. Heinz Guderian was one of the founders of the German armoured forces, and the truth of his arguments in this book, produced before the Second World War started, are plain to see. Accompanied by eight photographs of early tanks and motorised artillery.
DIE PANZERTRUPPEN und ihr zusammenwirken mit den anderen Waffen (Armoured units and their co-operation with other weapons)
The third German-language edition of General Heinz Guderian’s blueprint for the Blitzkrieg. The father of German tank warfare here outlines his thoughts on the past and future use of the war-winning weapon.