Panzerwaffe at War (1): Nuremberg to Moscow (Armor at War 7013)
By Robert Michulec
Publisher: Concord Publications 1998 64 Pages
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The history of Germany's armored force, the Panzerwaffe, can only be described as amazing. When, at the beginning of World War Two, Poland was invaded in a mere three weeks, France, the United Kingdom and many other nations were shocked. The success of this young branch of service was so overwhelming that any resistance was swept away. German terms like Panzer and Blitzkrieg became common in many other languages.
It is not easy to understand this dynamic period of history. More than any other nation, Germany understood the tactical and strategical rules of World War One, and the true nature of armored cars and tanks. More than any other politicians, the Nazis broke with their own military establishment, consequently rejecting obsolete traditions. The cavalry was dismounted to a great extent, its organizational structure being partly used for the new tank force. The old-fashioned infantry was regarded as of secondary importance, its equipment not being modernized to the same extent as that of the tank divisions. The tanks, with their firepower, armor protection, and stunning mobility, were the outriders of a new age.