Panzer Leader is an autobiography by Heinz Guderian. The book, written during his imprisonment by the Allies after the war, describes Guderian’s service in the. Panzer Leader has ratings and 76 reviews. Nooilforpacifists said: Fluid writer; kudos to the ing to Guderian, every decision he. —Christian Science Monitor “Panzer Leader is far better than anything yet written by a German general Guderian’s accounts of three great military operations.

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The engine switches off when discussing responsibility for the war things were done plus the civilian casualties and the Holocaust orders were given; always by another. Nov 27, Steven Peterson rated it really liked it.

Guderian was the leading advocate in Germany of motorization and tanks, and of using armored forces in deep penetration operations. He saw no use of Operation Valkyrie as there was no true alternative, but seemed nevertheless one of the few generals able and daring to challenge and even oppose Hitler.

This book is not for casual WW2 readers – you need to be passionate about WW2 to appreciate this book.

Heinz Guderian

I find myself deeply admiring this man and his efforts to advocate for his nation’s military betterment. So familiar and yet so far from the view civilians have of the operation within a chain of command.

This article about a biographical or autobiographical book on military personalities is a stub. Jul 27, Kenny rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the latter case, Paulus should have been allowed to retreat according to the author. Still, the narrative could get bogged down when a paragraph after paragraph describes the movement or location of certain formations e.


I guess that could have been remedied by better maps Guderian explains the mad strategy of Hitler of refusing to let the German forces find better sites to defend their positions.

Panzer Leader by Heinz Guderian

Aug 13, Jacob rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Certainly not an impartial observer but he does provide another perspective and does so in a clear, well-written and interesting way. I very much recommend this book.

He is regarded as the chief architect of Germany’s panzer divisions. The plans of the operation were known to the Soviet defenders, who spent months building up a defense in depth to sap the strength of the attacking panzer units. Retrieved from ” https: Reading on Wikipedia I see guxerian General Guderian was imprisoned by the Allies for three years, but was never found guilty of any war crimes. On 21 Julyafter the failure of the 20 July Plot to assassinate Hitler, in which Guderian had no direct involvement, Guderian was appointed Chief of Staff of the Army Chef des Generalstabs des Heeres succeeding Kurt Zeitzler who had departed on 1 July after multiple conflicts with Adolf Hitler.

Guderian’s reputation rests on five things: Dispatched from the UK in 10 business days When will my order arrive? Guderian, who was fluent in both English and French, studied guderain works of British maneuver warfare theorists J.

In the planning for the Invasion of FranceGuderian supported the change in the attack plan from a massive guderiwn invasion through the Low Countries to the Manstein Planwhich shifted the weight of the armoured formations to the Ardennes. For his criticisms of Hitler pretty courageous of Guderianhe was relieved–only to come back later as, of all things, Chief of the German General Staff.


I’m only about a quarter of the way through here and am enjoying this immensely. The book continues with a interesting short section, seemingly based partly on post-war writings, about Hitler’s paanzer in tank and armor design. Cover of the Ballantine Book abridged version. Well written autobiography of General Heinz Guderian, particularly from the development of the Panzer tank forces prior to WWII, their use in Poland, France and Russia, and the subsequent defeat of those panzed at the end of the war.

To ask other readers questions about Panzer Leaderplease sign up. He was then appointed Chief of the General Staff of the Army in Julybut this was leadeer a symbolic role since Hitler had effectively become his own Chief of Staff. Heinz Guderian’s “Panzer Leader” provides an inside story of the development of the German armored forces before World War II and the operation of those forces during that war. I enjoyed reading this book It’s not a war crime to invent the Blitzkrieg: His guidance of the panzer formations earned him the nickname “Der schnelle Heinz” Fast Heinz.

Operation Citadelthe last major German offensive operation lewder the east, was an attempt by the German guddrian to regain the initiative.

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Hitler disagreed, and when the advance began to be rolled-back, sacked Guderian in retribution for…cold and comparatively crappy tanks.