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Panzers on the Eastern Front: General Erhard Raus and his Panzer Divisions in Russia, 1941-1945 (World War II German Debriefs) download ebook

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Panzers on the Eastern Front: General Erhard Raus and his Panzer Divisions in Russia, 1941-1945 (World War II German Debriefs) download ebook
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1853674893
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Peter Tsouras
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Greenhill Books; First edition (March 1, 2002)
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General Erhard Raus was one of the German Army's finest panzer generals and a. .But Raus wrote no book and passed away quietly in 1956.

General Erhard Raus was one of the German Army's finest panzer generals and a leading exponent of blitzkrieg in the east. German panzers were witnesses to the incredible onslaught that was the first few months of Barbarossa, then the gradual strengthening of Russian resistance, counterattack and, ultimately, the long and drawn-out German retreat. Raus and his panzers were tested in every conceivable tactical situation and, inevitably, Raus became highly versed in all aspects of mobilized warfare.

Panzer Operations: The Eastern Front Memoir of General Raus, 1941-1945

Panzer Operations: The Eastern Front Memoir of General Raus, 1941-1945. I was disappointed with the book because I assumed from the Main Title that it was about Panzers on the Eastern Front, In fact the under-heading stated it was about General Erhard Raus and his Panzers. I had wanted a more general view not the specific one. However the book is well written and there are clear diagrams which explain the series of actions described. In the end I felt it was a like a publicity blurb for the General's Units who obviously fought well and bravely, but normally had superior equipment.

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General Raus was clearly one of the more outstanding German Army . 1) Most of the books on the Eastern front (and WW2 in general) tend to be either of the high strategy perspective, or th.

General Raus was clearly one of the more outstanding German Army commanders in World War Two. 1) Most of the books on the Eastern front (and WW2 in general) tend to be either of the high strategy perspective, or the micro-perspective of individual soldiers.

War on the Eastern Front 1941-1945 the German soldier in Russia. Zum Kaukasus und zu den Tauern die Geschichte der 23. Panzer Division 1941-1945. Die 19 Panzer-Division Bewaffnung, Einsatze, Manner Einsatz 1941-1945 in Russland.

World War II German debriefs. General Raus, though not as well known as some of his contemporaries, was a master at mobile, combined-arms warfare. Time and again, he outfought larger units and brought his troops through. The book moves quickly, holding the reader's interest, giving large doses of information without bogging down in technical details. I highly recommend this book. Don Barry in Internet Modeler "It makes an enthralling read.

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General Erhard Raus and His Panzer Divisions in Russia 1941-1945. Tsouras has done a good job of presenting Raus's material, supporting the text with a number of useful footnotes (actual footnotes for a change – hurrah!).

General Erhard Raus was one of the German Army's finest panzer generals and a.World War II German Debriefs. German panzers were witnesses to the incredible onslaught that was the first few months of Barbarossa, then. Raus and his panzers were tested in every conceivable tactical situation and, inevitably, Raus became highly versed in all aspects of mobilised warfare

General Erhard Raus was one of the German Army's finest panzer generals and a leading exponent of blitzkrieg in the east. German panzers were witness to the incredible onslaught that was the first few months of Barbarossa, then the gradual strengthening of Russian resistance, counterattack, and, ultimately, the long and drawn- out German retreat. Raus and his panzers therefore were tested in every conceivable tactical situation and, inevitably, Raus became highly versed in all aspects of mobilized warfare. This account by Erhard Raus, edited by leading Eastern Front expert Peter G. Tsouras, concentrates on German efforts to relieve Stalingrad and Raus, as commander of 6th Panzer Division, was in the thick of this bitter action, urging his panzers forwards in a massive effort to break the Soviet stranglehold. Written originally to brief the American Army, this valuable material is now made available for the first time.
Reviews:
  • Ximathewi
Col Raus, a staff officer of many years, began Barbarossa with his first notable field command within the 6th PzD of AGN. By the time AGN had penetrated the Baltics and was heading for Leningrad, Raus had received two decorations and a promotion. He quickly proved to be a wily tactician and an able leader that gained the confidence and respect of his troops. Before his forced retirement in March 1945 from an irrational Hitler, he would command at divisional, corps, and army level of some of the most important battles of the war.

This is a competent and interesting but not an exhaustive study of the man and the immediate battles that confronted him during WWII.
The book, which was predominately sourced from writings of Raus after the war, begins with a brief history of his career and a general overview of his engagements before expanding his battles.There are 23 engagements the author describes as well as analysis of each battle. Both the description and analysis, though concise, was good and helpful.

Perhaps reading about the assaults of an Army Group like you read in a David Glantz book (Barbarossa, Typhoon, Stalingrad, Kursk, Leningrad) is more impressive, but you will still learn interesting aspects of Raus and these micro battles that you won't find in the macro books.

Included with the narrative are twenty black and white maps. I thought these maps were good and helped the reader follow the battle action. Several maps also helped in following the battle action in those macro books when its map was blurred or darkened. While there were no photos, there were twenty action drawings that were interesting; you may like them also.

The book also has footnotes, an impressive reading list of secondary authors and an index.
Also included was a very useful Appendix that included the divisional history of 6th PzD and Order of Battle and the organizational structure of the relief attempt of Stalingrad. There was also a description of the historical program of the war sponored by the US Army that Raus and other noted Germans participated in.

If you liked this book but want more there are two other books you could study. The first book is similar in nature, covering General Raus but has other coverage and is written by Steven Newton. Its called "Panzer Operations". These two books are mutually supplemental and together give a fuller picture of General Raus and his battle history. The other book is also by Mr Tsouras and is called "Fighting in Hell" and includes battle tactics of Raus and other Germans as well.

If you are interested in General Raus or in battlefield tactics, this book and the other two books mentioned are highly recommended.
  • Jwalextell
This is an excellent and rare gem amid the vast literature on the Eastern front.

A word about the background of this book: it is a collection of writings by General Erhard Raus, who commanded the 6th Panzer Division, written after the war for use of the U.S. Army. This in itself is an interesting aspect to keep in mind. The book is divided into specific operations and actions that Raus uses to illustrate aspects of tactics, communications, use of terrain, etc. and how these factors combine in the circumstances of warfare in the Soviet Union. The book is thus quite specific and technical, but it manages to be extremely lively and colorfully written, with surprises at almost every page (for me at least). Thus in order to appreciate it you probably need to know a bit about the eastern front, and (stating the obvious) you need to be seriously interested in military history, not just a consumer of spectacular stories. Don't expect anything on ideology or the holocaust either.

I rate this book very highly for the following reasons:

1) Most of the books on the Eastern front (and WW2 in general) tend to be either of the high strategy perspective, or the micro-perspective of individual soldiers. Both are essential for understanding the war, but what is often missing is the mid-level of regimental and divisional commanders. This book provides exactly that perspective without loosing sight of the larger situation, or what individual soldiers had to go through.
2) It provides insight into the nature of the many smaller engagements on the eastern front. So no Kiev or Kursk here, but small battles over villages and roads that were of crucial importance. For example, one of the first cases talks about how units of the 6th Division took 2 days to knock out a single KV-1 that was blocking the supply route behind them.
3) You learn a ton about how the Germans used combined arms (tanks, artillery, infantry, air power) effectively, and how factors such as terrain, communication, reconnaissance, weather, logistics, and psychological factors all come together to determine the outcome of individual battles.
4) Last but not least, Raus was apparently not only an excellent commander but also a good writer. Each case is explained concisely, easy to understand, and absolutely clear. Footnotes and corrections by the editor are also helpful and interesting. Maps are very helpful.
  • Coidor
This is one of the books which in my view is essential reading to obtain a balanced view of what actually happened on the Eastern Front. It gives one a reasonable insight into the methods of the Germans and the Soviets, the fighting qualities of the common soldiers and the officers and the very important factor of the difference in the very top leadership of both, with Hitler clearly being a very incapable leader.
  • Pedora
After reading this book I got to know this german general very well. His story is well written and is easy to follow the engagements and his career in the german army. Many engagments are discussed and one of the best generals by far the germans had. His career and ablities to grasp situations is amazing.
  • MisterMax
Story of Raus on the Eastern Front in both victory and defeat. The detail of the actions and the extensive story and actions of both sides gives the detail of a division scale. Very informative read.
  • Bladecliff
Wonderful history. Should be read by all interested in military history of this time and place.
  • Onaxan
Gift for someone else. He loved it.
A very good book for anyone interested in the war on the Eastern Front. Once again it describers the ability of the out-manned, out-gunned German Panzer Commanders were able to accomplished .