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Hitler's Panzers: The Lightning Attacks that Revolutionized Warfare

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  113 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A fascinating account of Nazi Germany's armored forces by the author of Patton and Rommel.

Determined to secure a quick, decisive victory on the World War II battlefields, Adolf Hitler adopted an attack plan that combined tools with technique- the formidable Panzer divisions. Self-contained armored units able to operate independently, the Panzers became the German army's
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Berkley Hardcover (first published 2009)
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Very good look at the Panzer forces from their start through 1945. Lots of new information from the old USSR is worked into this and nicely integrated with the work of authors like Gantz. The development of Panzer tactics and operational uses gets nice discussion.

One particularly interesting question the author raises is 'Why did the USA manufacture so many thousands of Shermans after we saw how the Germans destroyed them?' A complicated answer based on several factors is given and worth reading
A great book on the development and use of German armor during World War II. Showalter's style is that of the history professor you always liked‚ rooted in fact, but able to breathe life into the subject matter. He also spends a considerable amount of space, and rightly so, discussing Germany's Eastern Front. This might be an eye-opener for U.S. readers more accustomed to reading about D-Day and island-hopping in the Pacific. If you're a history buff or want to know more about the development of ...more
Dean Marquis
obviously mr showalter knew a lot about the development of german armour tactics during ww 2. He even defined the german art of war as the mobile battle. this has gotten them into a lot of trouble but thankfully now there part of nato and thats not going to happen. poland is part of nato. dennis also defind the us art of war as war by management. i think that this is a topic for a book in itself. i thougjt hitlers panzers was poorly presented. it had no space between the paragraphs. i know this ...more
If you are hoping for a good story don't read this book. This is a history Prof's dream book. Detail by detail, in chronological order. Every modification of the Panzer and tanks that led up to and after it. It is very well written and interesting for history buffs but I had a hard time finishing it.
Hitler's Panzers is about the history of German armored warfare around World War II. The first few chapters cover the concepts of tank warfare developed by the German's prior to World War II and the successes they had in its use during the years of 1939-1941. Showalter does a fantastic job of exploring not just the ideas but also analyzes how and why of the German developed these advances in tank warfare tactically, geopolitically, and culturally. After reading this part of the book I was convin ...more
Tanks, tanks, and more tanks. Blitzkrieg, shock and awe, invasion of the merciless Huns. They had the best tanks, the most disciplined soldiers, the smartest generals, the most courageous officers, but thank God they were all under the thumb of a total madman who generally did everything contrary to the German military strategists. How could something so evil as Nazism and its' malignant doctrine seize the entire continent of Europe is such a short time. The author explains it almost tank battle ...more
I'd give this four stars as the book is engaging and holds many insights. However a complete lack of footnotes and often fractured/incomprehensible sentences drops my rating a notch. A good book that could have been great if only it had seen sterner editing and supported some of its contentions with sources.
As one who had a brief encounter with later versions of this devilish machine, I found the story of the evolution of it fascinating--in a terrifying, fifty-years-removed, sort of way. The book is vintage Showalter--clearly written and deeply researched. It's not a book I"d say is a "fun read" though.
This book was one of the most even handed portrayals of the Wehrmacht I've read, and I've read more than a handful at this stage in my life. It was a bit plodding, but so was the war on the Eastern Front. I think I'll be seeking out Patton and Rommel in the near future.
Twilight Sparkle
A good insight into the panzer formations and tanks of the Wehrmacht and SS and touches on myths such as the Wehrmacht being clean when it comes to war crimes. A little dry at times.
Most through account of the panzers I've ever read. Slight complain that months are commonly misattributed.
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