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Panzer Gunner

Author : Bruno Friesen
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Unique memoir of a Canadian serving in a German armored division What it was like to fight in a tank on the Eastern Front Details on the battlefield performance of the Panzer IV tank Six months before World War II erupted in 1939, Bruno Friesen was sent to Germany by his father in hopes of a better life. Friesen was drafted into the Wehrmacht three years later and ended up in the 7th Panzer Division. Serving as a gunner in a Panzer IV tank and then a Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyer, Friesen experienced intense combat against the Soviets in Romania, Lithuania, and West Prussia.

A Tank Gunner s Story Gunner Gruntz of the 712th Tank Battalion

Author : Louis G. Gruntz
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A 712th Tank Battalion veteran of Patton's Third Army returned home after the Second World War, but for over fifty years rarely speaks of his wartime experiences. His son grows to manhood with only a perception of combat gleaned from the movies of his youth and knowing little of his father's wartime ordeals. During a difficult time in his son's life, the father breaks his silence as they travel across Europe along the battle route of the 712th Tank Battalion from the hedgerows of Normandy, across France to Metz, and through Luxembourg and Germany. This is not only a story of the father's wartime experiences, but also of the father and son's journey, the bond that developed between them as well as the son's change in perception of combat. A Soldier's Story: Gunner Gruntz of the 712th Tank Battalion tells the gripping yet emotional account of his father's firsthand experiences while standing on the sites where he battled, was wounded, saw friends killed in Normandy and during the Battle of the Bulge, and where he earned the Bronze Star in bloody combat. An exhaustive and essential account of the horrors of war where Gruntz took on the might of the Third Reich and Tiger panzers in his Sherman, A Soldier's Story: Gunner Gruntz of the 712th Tank Battalion is also lavishly illustrated with unpublished period photographs.

A Tank Gunner s Story

Author : Louis G. Gruntz
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A 712th Tank Battalion veteran of Patton's Third Army returned home after the Second World War, but for over fifty years rarely speaks of his wartime experiences. His son grows to manhood with only a perception of combat gleaned from the movies of his youth and knowing little of his father's wartime ordeals. During a difficult time in his son's life, the father breaks his silence as they travel across Europe along the battle route of the 712th Tank Battalion from the hedgerows of Normandy, across France to Metz, and through Luxembourg and Germany. This is not only a story of the father's wartime experiences, but also of the father and son's journey, the bond that developed between them as well as the son's change in perception of combat. A Soldier's Story: Gunner Gruntz of the 712th Tank Battalion tells the gripping yet emotional account of his father's firsthand experiences while standing on the sites where he battled, was wounded, saw friends killed in Normandy and during the Battle of the Bulge, and where he earned the Bronze Star in bloody combat. An exhaustive and essential account of the horrors of war where Gruntz took on the might of the Third Reich and Tiger panzers in his Sherman, A Soldier's Story: Gunner Gruntz of the 712th Tank Battalion is also lavishly illustrated with unpublished period photographs.

Tank Warfare

Author : Jeremy Black
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The story of the battlefield in the 20th century was dominated by a handful of developments. Foremost of these was the introduction and refinement of tanks. In Tank Warfare, prominent military historian Jeremy Black offers a comprehensive global account of the history of tanks and armored warfare in the 20th and 21st centuries. First introduced onto the battlefield during the World War I, tanks represented the reconciliation of firepower and mobility and immediately seized the imagination of commanders and commentators concerned about the constraints of ordinary infantry. The developments of technology and tactics in the interwar years were realized in the German blitzkrieg in World War II and beyond. Yet the account of armor on the battlefield is a tale of limitations and defeats as well as of potential and achievements. Tank Warfare examines the traditional narrative of armored warfare while at the same time challenging it, and Black suggests that tanks were no "silver bullet" on the battlefield. Instead, their success was based on their inclusion in the general mix of weaponry available to commanders and the context in which they were used.

LIFE

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LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at LIFE.com, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.

Spearhead

Author : Adam Makos
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The New York Times Bestseller 'Brilliant... Gripping' Wall Street Journal From the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Higher Call comes the riveting World War II story of an American tank gunner's journey into the heart of the Third Reich. At first, gunner Clarence Smoyer and his fellow crewmen in the legendary 3rd Armored Division - 'Spearhead' - thought their tanks were invincible. Then they met the German Panther, with a gun so murderous it could shoot through one Sherman and into the next. Soon a pattern emerged: the lead tank always gets hit. After Clarence sees his friends cut down breaching the West Wall and holding the line in the Battle of the Bulge, he and his crew are given a weapon with the power to avenge their fallen brothers: the Pershing, a state-of-the-art 'super tank', one of twenty in the European theatre. But with it comes a harrowing new responsibility: now they will spearhead every attack. That's how Clarence finds himself leading the U.S. Army into its largest urban battle of the European war, the fight for Cologne, the 'Fortress City' of Germany. Battling through the ruins, Clarence will engage the fearsome Panther in a duel immortalized by an army cameraman. And he will square off with Gustav Schaefer, a teenager behind the trigger in a Panzer IV tank, whose crew has been sent on a suicide mission to stop the Americans. As Clarence and Gustav trade fire down a long boulevard, they are confronted by a tragic mistake of war. What happens next will haunt Clarence to the modern day, drawing him back to Cologne to do the unthinkable: to face his enemy, one last time.

Diary of a Tank Gunner in the Panzer Regiment of the Brandenburg Panzergrenadier Division February 1945

Author : Eduard Bodenmüller
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The Panzer Soldier

Author : Wade Krawczyk
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Ever since the Panzer units of the German Wehrmacht spearheaded the Blitzkrieg campaigns of 1939-41, these elite armored troops have attracted particular interest. The worldwide interest attracted by the Panzer units has been shared by students and collectors of original uniforms and militaria, for whom the dramatically designed black Panzerjacke has always been particularly prized. This is a remarkable record, in color photographs, of Panzer, Panzer Aufklarungs, Panzer Pioniere, Sturmartillerie, Panzerjager and even Panzergrenadier uniforms, insignia and decorations from the worlds leading private collections. The highlights are a number of groups of items named to particular individuals, together with their documents and wartime photographs.

Tank Aces

Author : George Forty
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Forty, an ex-British Army tank officer and former director of the Bovington Tank Museum recounts the stories of more than twenty-five tank driving aces of various nationalities. Covers conflicts from the Second World War to the Gulf War.

Panthers to the Front

Author : Eduard Bodenmüller
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This is the war diary of Unteroffizier Eduard Bodenmüller, who served in the 4th Company of Panzer Regiment Brandenburg, part of Panzergrenadier Division Brandenburg, and covers the period February-April 1945 on the Eastern Front. Bodenmüller's company was equipped with Panther tanks, and he and his comrades were involved in intense combat with the advancing Red Army, mostly in Silesia. His diary entries are concise yet also provide a lot of information which more extensive memoirs omit. In particular, the immediacy of his notes is refreshing, providing frank admissions of ammunition shortages and increasing losses as inexperienced and under-supplied German troops battled against the Soviets. He also provides insight into German and Soviet combat tactics and methods during the final months of the war, including the great difficulties the Panthers faced in combating the heavy Josef Stalin tank.Complemented by new maps, photographs and extensive notes, this revised edition is also expanded with a new introduction by Eastern Front authority A.S. Hamilton, author of The Oder Front series published by Helion.

The Combat History of Schwere Panzer Abteilung 503

Author : Franz-Wilhelm Lochmann
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Gunner

Author : Donald Nijboer
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Through Patterson's remarkable photography and Nijboer's interviews with veterans, "Gunner" allows readers to imagine what it must have been like to be an air gunner in the Second World War. 150 color photos plus historical b&w photos.

Freineux and Lamormenil the Ardennes

Author : George J. Winter
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Panzer III Its Variants

Author : Walter J. Spielberger
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Wehrmacht Rear Guard Security in the USSR 1941 1945

Author : Antonio J. Muñoz
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Hitler s Great Panzer Heist

Author : Anthony Tucker-Jones
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The prowess of the German panzers is the stuff of legend, but it is not generally known that Hitler stole thousands of British, Czech, French, Italian, Polish, and Soviet tanks and armored fighting vehicles to feed his war machine. At its height, more than 25 percent of the German tank fleet was of foreign origin. In this meticulously research investigation, Anthony Tucker-Jones tells this hitherto unrecorded story, describing how captured fighting vehicles were reused by the German military throughout World War II.

The Leibstandarte

Author : Rudolf Lehmann
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Tiger Ace

Author : Gary L. Simpson
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The first comprehensive study of the legendary Panzer commander. Though there have been numerous articles on Wittmann, none have come close to understanding the scope of his life and combat experiences. Wittmann's military exploits stand out from all the rest, as his Sturmgeschutz III and Tiger I crews succeeded in destroying 138 enemy tanks and 132 anti-tank guns and field artillery pieces. Gary Simpson conducted extensive research, travel, and interviews to uncover the tru facts and situations that Michael Wittmann encountered on the battlefields of both the eastern and wetsern fronts.

Seven Six One

Author : G. F. Borden
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The Malm dy Massacre

Author : John Bauserman
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This book describes the Malmedy Massacre in detail. Nine specially drawn maps, rare photographs, and unique information-packed appendices give the reader a special insight into the last months of the war in Europe and its aftermath.