If the tanks succeed, then victory follows… Heinz Guderian


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Hitler’s great Panzer heist : Germany’s foreign armor in action, 1939-45  Anthony Tucker-Jones  Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, [2008]  Hardcover. Originally published: Barnsley, South Yorkshire : Pen & Sword Military, 2007. 1st US ed. and printing. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG 

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The prowess of the German panzers is the stuff of legend, but it is not generally known that Hitler used thousands of abandoned or captured British, Czech, French, Italian, Polish, and Soviet tanks and armored fighting vehicles. He also gained another 6,000 through various alliances.

Tunesien, Panzer VI (Tiger I) in Ruhestellung

The triumph of the blitzkrieg of 1939-41 was partly attributable to the great armor acquisition he carried out across the continent of Europe. At its height, more than 25 percent of the German tank force was of foreign origin.

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In this fascinating and meticulously researched investigation, Anthony Tucker-Jones tells this hitherto unrecorded story, describing how captured fighting vehicles  – tanks, self-propelled guns, assault guns, armoured cars and personnel carriers – were reused by the German military throughout World War II.

Nordfrankreich, Panzer VI (Tiger I)

 

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