Besides giving a detailed chronological description of the events, the book tries to find answers to these questions.
Author: Norbert Számvéber
Publisher: Peko Publishing
In the last phase of the Second World War the Sixth Panzer Army was the last army available to the German military leadership which was more or less intact and was capable of launching a major offensive. After it had been withdrawn from the Western front in the aftermath of the failed Ardennes counter offensive, it was replenished with men and gears as fully as was possible in the given circumstances, and as a result it almost regained its 1944 autumn strength. It would not have been a surprise if it had been deployed on German territory against the Allied troops advancing to Rhine, or in Silesia or in the Baltics or even if it had been sent as a reinforcement to the Army Group Vistula to defend the distant approaches to Berlin against the advancing Soviet army - reinforcement and fresh troops capable of launching counter offensives were desperately needed everywhere. But it happened otherwise: the Sixth Army was deployed in Hungary and participated in the Operation Spring Awakening, launched in the western part of the country on 6th of March, 1945. This was the last German "big offensive" in the course of the Second World War. Several questions come to mind about the operation. What were the goals originally set to be achieved by this seemingly pointless attack? What role was assigned to the once formidable German Panzer Corps? Is it true that the Soviet command used the same defense directives as had been used during the battle of Kursk in 1943 because they had proved to be viable then? What types of tanks and armored vehicles fight in West Hungary and in what numbers? How did the American made M4A2 tanks manned by Soviet crews fare against the much heavier German Panther and Tiger B tanks on the Hungarian soil? What were the losses on both sides in tanks and armored vehicles? To what extent can be the prompt and powerful response of the Soviet side - the offensive towards Vienna - evaluated as being successful? How did the Germans, the Soviets, the Hungarians and the Bulgarians use their tanks and armored vehicles in this operation? Besides giving a detailed chronological description of the events, the book tries to find answers to these questions. The facts extracted from the operational documents of the fighting sides have been supplemented with excerpts from diaries and memoirs, and even the maps have been drawn on the basis of the original ones. The author has explored some new archival sources kept in Russian archives and also incorporated some published Russian materials into his research that was neglected up until now by other researchers, along with some newly published German memoirs - all this has made possible to create a narrative of the events related to us by the author in hitherto unprecedented detail.
... the First Panzer Units of the WaffenSS Part I: Panzer Actions at the Hot Spots of
the Eastern Front 1943– 1944 Panzers ... SSPanzerDivision Frundsberg in Lower
Alsace Part III: Last Battles on the Eastern Front: Hungary, Vienna, and Berlin ...
Author: Will Fey
Publisher: Stackpole Books
The Waffen SS were considered the elite of the German armed forces in the Second World War and were involved in almost continuous combat. From the sweeping tank battle of Kursk on the Russian front to the bitter fighting among the hedgerows of Normandy and the last great offensive in the Ardennes, forever immortalized in history as the Battle of the Bulge, these men and their tanks made history.
In March the last great panzer battle took place, although not in Poland or
Germany, but Hungary. In midJanuary the 4th SS Panzerkorps had narrowly
failed to relieve the besieged garrison trapped in the Hungarian capital,
Author: Mike Syron
Publisher: Hachette UK
For many people the very image of Blitzkrieg is of massed columns of tanks sweeping through Europe, smashing all resistance and leaving a trail of devastation in their wake. Indeed, it was the Panzers' achievements in battle that were largely responsible for Germany's early run of success in the Second World War and, once the tide of war began to turn against the Reich, the Panzers subsequently became the backbone of its defence. The dramatic story of Hitler's tank divisions is brought to life in this authoritative narrative. Panzerkrieg vividly describes the evolution, exploits and eventual destruction of this superlative fighting force in immensely readable fashion. Particularly accessible to the general reader who wants to know more about Germany's Second World War tank forces, the authors dispense with technical jargon and pedantic detail to give a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the subject, both human and technical. The book gives particular emphasis to the men who fought in and led the Panzer divisions: great generals like Guderian, Rommel and Manstein, tank masters like Wittmann and Bake, and inspired commanders like Balck and Bayerlein. The whole vast canvas of the war emerges from this narrative, as it follows the titanic struggles which ranged between the bocage country of France, the desert wastes of North Africa, and the limitless steppes of Russia. The evolution of German fighting vehicles and tactics is fully charted, and the many myths, fallacies and misconceptions that have grown up around the Panzerwaffe are exploded. Extensive research, reference to the memoirs of the leading participants, and original new conclusions all contribute to a comprehensive account that critically examines the achievements, failures, and ultimate legacy of the Panzer divisions. Features INCLUDE: The secret pre-war birth and development of the Panzerwaffe The lightning campaigns in Poland and France The four bloody years of the Russian campaign, the greatest clash of arms the world has ever seen The exploits of Rommel and his Africa Corps Hitler's increasingly disastrous influence on the Panzerwaffe Disputes between the Panzer officers and their High Command Portraits of the Panzerwaffe's leaders Detailed analysis of the great tank battles such as Kursk and the Battle of the Bulge, with clear maps Comparative rank and organizational charts Information on the technical evolution of Germany's armoured fighting vehicles, including the development of the mighty Tigers and Panthers Unique sections on uniforms, crew functions and how German tanks were built Rare coverage of how the Panzer leaders fared after the war The legacy of the Panzers
Battles Stories of German Tank Commanders of WWII Franz Kurowski. In July
1944 Gille ... He received instructions from the OKW to immediately take his corps
to Hungary in order to relieve the besieged garrison of Budapest. On 1 January ...
Author: Franz Kurowski
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Sequel to the well-regarded Panzer Aces. Chapters on Hermann von Oppeln-Bronikowski, Kurt Knispel, Karl Nicolussi-Leck, and other great commanders.
By August 29, 20th Panzer Division was down to 1,300 men and no tanks: a “ panzer battle group” by designation and ... Favorable terrain, Soviet
overextension, and increased commitment by a Hungarian army fighting on its
doorstep with ...
Author: Dennis Showalter
A fascinating account of Nazi Germany's armored forces by the author of Patton and Rommel. Determined to secure a quick, decisive victory on the World War II battlefields, Adolf Hitler adopted an attack plan that combined tools with technique- the formidable Panzer divisions. Self-contained armored units able to operate independently, the Panzers became the German army's fighting core as well as its moral focus, establishing an entirely new military doctrine. In Hitler's Panzers, renowned World War II scholar Dennis Showalter presents a comprehensive and unbiased study of Nazi Germany's armored forces. By delving deeply into a detailed history of the theory, strategy, myths, and realities of Germany's technologically innovative approach to warfare, Showalter provides a look at the military lessons of the past, and a speculation on how the Panzer ethos may be implemented in the future of international conflict.
It can therefore be stated that the Soviet tank and mechanized forces suffered
heavily for the attack they launched toward Komárom. table 12 – comparative
losses, 6-22 January 1945 Tank battle of Komárom Soviet troops German- Hungarian ...
Author: Norbert Számvéber
Publisher: Helion and Company
Days of Battle describes a hitherto neglected part of the military history of Hungary during World War II. Dr Norbert Számvéber the presents detailed accounts of four important clashes of German-Hungarian and Soviet armor north of the river Danube, in the southern territory of the historical Upper Hungary (part of Hungary between 1938 and 1945, at the present time now part of Slovakia) in three separate studies. The first is an account of the battle between the Ipoly and Garam rivers during the second half of December 1944, in which the élite Hungarian Division "Szent László" saw action for the first time. The second study is about the fierce tank battle of Komárom, fought between the 6-22 January 1945. This was an integral part of the Battle for Budapest, parallel in time with Operation "Konrad". The third part of the book describes the combat during the German Operation "Südwind" in February 1945 and the Soviet attack launched in the direction of Bratislava in March 1945. The author, chief of Hungary's military archives, has based his research firmly on files and documentation from German, Hungarian and Soviet sources. The book's authoritative text is supported by photographs and color battle maps. This is a very important new study that throws much-needed light on armored warfare on the Eastern Front during the final months of the war.
At last withdrawn to Tarnopol and then to Germany to rest and refit in May 1944,
the 6th Panzer was reorganized as a ... Later, the now burned-out division was
sent to Hungary, where it fought in the battles around Budapest, in the Lake ...
Author: Samuel W. Mitcham
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Examines vehicles, armor quality, manpower, and leadership and includes a comprehensive index of individuals, units, battles, and campaigns First guide to chronicle the history of each division from its inception to its destruction Includes a career sketch of every panzer divisional commander Hitler's tank divisions were his most lethal weapons during World War II. From success to failure, in victory and defeat, each division played a role in Hitler's campaign against the Allies.
... Panzer and the 18th and 25th Panzergrenadier wavering Axis satellite , Hungary . Divisions . These were reinforced by the last 31 assault guns produced
on the Alkett assembly lines at Spandau , before that too Right : The last panzer battle ...
Author: Niall Barr
Publisher: White Lion Publishing
Category: Armored vehicles
The photographs show the panzers at every stage of their development, from the first experimental units in the 1930s through to the final, futile defence of the Reich. The text provides a detailed history of the development of the concept of armoured blitzkrieg and the equipment used by panzer units, with analysis of the relevant campaigns.
Pötschke was killed in battle with the LAH in Hungary on 21 March 1945 and
obviously his own experiences at Baugnez will never be known. While I
personally disagree with several of Weingartner's conjectures and conclusions,
he has ...
When Szálasi came to power as the Germans ' very last resort , the Red Army
was already deep in Hungary , winning a crucial tank battle some one hundred
miles east of the Hungarian capital . Early in The Siege of Budapest , Ungváry ...
The History of the Hitler Youth Panzer Division Hubert Meyer ... The rearguard battles in Hungary , in Burgenland and in Lower Austria had been endured in
wooded mountainous terrain and under ... That last action had caused heavy
Author: Hubert Meyer
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Part two of the defining work on Hitler's elite fanatical boy soldiers Written by the division's former chief of staff Volume two continues with the survivors of the bloody fighting in France regrouping to make a final stand in the Ardennes and Hungary before Germany was overcome by the Allies. A detailed and gripping account of the most famous, and infamous, division to fight in World War II for any side.
As the Battle of Debrocen wound down, with 3rd Panzer Korps finishing off the last of the surrounded Soviet mechanized forces, a brief pause set in on over the
rest of the Hungarian front. Malinovsky had to bring up the rear echelons of his ...
Author: Anthony Tucker-JonesPublish On: 2013-07-17
iger 503, Operation IIs during first Atlantic saw the battle action between of with
Normandy, the Troarn 1st Company, ... The survivors of Heavy SS-Panzer
Battalion 501 (formerly 101), 502 (formerly 102) and 503, having blown up the last of ... The latter two battalions were destined to fight in Hungary, East PRussia
and Berlin in the closing months of the war. while the 501st would be involved in
Hitler's last ...
Author: Anthony Tucker-Jones
Publisher: Pen and Sword
The German Tiger I and Tiger II (known to the Allies as the 'King Tiger' or 'Royal Tiger') were the most famous and formidable heavy tanks of the Second World War. In their day their awesome reputation inspired such apprehension among Allied soldiers that the weaknesses of these brilliant but flawed designs tended to be overlooked. Anthony Tucker-Jones, in this illustrated history, tells the story of their conception and development and reconsiders their operational history, and he dispels the legends and misunderstandings that have grown up around them.The Tigers were over-engineered, required raw materials that were in short supply, were time-consuming to manufacture and difficult to recover from the battlefield. Only around 1,300 of the Tiger I and fewer than 500 of the Tiger II were produced, so they were never going to make anything more than a local impact on the outcome of the fighting. Yet the myth of the Tigers, with their 88mm guns, thick armour and brutal profiles, has grown over time to the extent that they are regarded as the deadliest tanks of the Second World War.Anthony Tucker-Jones's expert account of these remarkable fighting vehicles is accompanied by a series of colour plates showing the main variants of the designs and the common ancillary equipment and unit markings.Anthony Tucker-Jones is a prolific writer on the history of fighting vehicles and armoured warfare. He has also written extensively on military affairs and terrorism. After a career in the intelligence community, he became a freelance defence writer and military historian. His most recent books are Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front, Armoured Warfare in the North African Campaign, Armoured Warfare in the Battle for Normandy, The Kalashnikov in Combat and The Soviet-Afghan War.
Many—including some on the enemy side—expected that the Sixth SS Panzer
Army would be included in the defenses of the ... In the final days of December
1944 the 1st Company had handed its tanks to the other companies in the
Ardennes and subsequently left the battalion. ... The Defensive Battle in Hungary
Author: Patrick Agte
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Michael Wittmann was by far the most famous tank ace on any side in World War II, destroying 138 enemy tanks and 132 anti-tank guns with his Tiger. This classic of armored warfare is both combat biography and unit history, as Patrick Agte focuses on the life and career of Wittmann but also includes his fellow Tiger commanders in the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler. Volume One covers the Eastern Front, where Wittmann racked up more than 100 kills and participated in the Battle of Kursk in 1943.
Waffen-SS Panzer Battles in the West, 1944-1945 Tim Ripley. CHAPTER 16 ...
This time their Führer wanted his panzer élite to turn back the Soviet spearheads
that had overrun Hungary and were threatening the Third Reich ' s last oilfields .
Author: Tim Ripley
Publisher: Spellmount, Limited Publishers
This miltary history gives the reader an account of the battles fought by the panzer divisions of the Waffen-SS, amongst one of the finest units in Germany. The author takes us from D-day to Arnhem, and through to the Battle of the Bulge.
Mirko has studied in depth the history of the battles that took place in the battles in Hungary in the closing days of the war, ... In recent conversations with Mirko
we spoke about the tank colors in 1945 in which we were able to agree through
Publisher: AK-INTERACTIVE, S.L.
This book analyzes original, eye-catching color variants and camouflage patterns introduced by the German Army late in 1944 and used up until the end of the war in 1945. Throughout this 72 page guide the modeler will find themselves inspired for their next project. The book contains more than 180 beautiful color renderings showing the many camouflage patterns used on common vehicles and oddities used by the German forces. The reader will find vehicles such as the Panther, Pz IV, Tiger I & II, Stugs, Artillery Guns, Halftracks and more. A special section of the book will help us interpret black and white photographs, and also a chapter about "What If" and "Paper Panzers". The perfect complement for the new acrylic set AK 554 German Late War Colors.
1945 Gran Bridgehead , Lake Balaton , retreat battles through Hungary , Battles
in lower Austria and in the Vienna Forest ... Panzerarmee to Hungary , where it
was to free up the last oil area in the wedge of land between the DRAU and the ...
Author: Ralf Tiemann
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
This chronicle of the 7.Panzerkompanie follows the unit history of a "Leibstandarte" tank company from its creation in 1942 to the end of World War II. Compiled by former company commander and German Cross in Gold holder Ralf Tiemann, the detailed text relies on both official documentation and the personal recollections of numerous unit veterans. An individual level narrative covers the intense first combats for Kharkov in early 1943 and the summer Kursk engagements later the same year. In 1944 the unit engaged the Western Allies after D-Day. Illustrated with private photos made available from Waffen-SS veteran contributions, the detailed appendices provide a complete roster of all commanders, platoon leaders, senior NCOs, award winners and those killed in action. Exacting cartographic material allows the reader to follow all engagements in this first unit history of a "Leibstandarte" tank company available in English. 60 b/w photos
Author: Sergeĭ Matveevich ShtemenkoPublish On: 1977
Russia's Final Battles with Hitler's Armies in World War II Sergeĭ Matveevich
Shtemenko ... Military actions showed that the Hungarian units were carrying out
the orders of the new government . ... is very important both operationally and
strategically , and he has thrown eight panzer divisions into the battle against this
Author: Sergeĭ Matveevich Shtemenko
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Bogen handler om den russiske overkommando og de ledende personligheders virke.
This new battlegroup had been formed out of the wreckage of the Leibstandarte ,
brought down from Sixth SS Panzer Army ' s front , and a division of infantry
hurried from Hungary , the 167th Volksgrenadiers , a third of whom were hard -
The last mentioned commander of the 12th Panzer Regiment was responsible for
destroying 250 tanks in two months of fighting . In his last tank battle he was
seriously wounded when his last Panzer was destroyed and was captured (
Bender , Taylor , 119 , V . 3 ) . But as ... Hungary. ,. south. of. Lake. Balaton. and.
the. Budapest. area. ,. and with the little equipment they had , fought well . The
Author: Karl H. Theile
Publisher: University Press of Amer
This is a comprehensive description and analysis of the 38 Combat-SS Divisions. The author was granted unparalleled access to all SS personnel files housed in the Document Center in Berlin, as well as interviews with veterans who served in these units. The result of this painstaking research is the most definitive work on the Combat-SS to be published in English. The author seeks to present facts that will correct the mythology and propaganda surrounding the 38 Combat-SS divisions since 1945. Contents: Setting the Stage; The Political-Military Heritage; The Formative Years; Unreadiness; Command, Strategy, Operations, Tactics, and Training; A New Elite Formation: The Birth of the Combat-SS; The Start of Armageddon to the Goetterdaemmerung: The W-SS; Atrocities During WW II: Fact or Fiction? The Military Trials and Justice; Appendix; Bibliography.