Panzer Operations

Germany's Panzer Group 3 During the Invasion of Russia, 1941

Hermann Hoth, Linden Lyons

A translated account and analysis of the actions of 3rd Panzer Group in Operation Barbarossa, written by the officer commanding, Hermann Hoth.
Publication date:
November 2017
Publisher :
Casemate
Language:
English
Series :
Die Wehrmacht im Kampf
Illustration :
maps and 10 pages of photos
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9781612005621
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£14.99
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Overview
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• Now available in paperback
• No. 11 in the Die Wehrmacht im Kampf series

Hermann Hoth led Germany's 3rd Panzer Group in Army Group Center—in tandem with Guderian's 2nd Group—during the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. Together those two daring panzer commanders achieved a series of astounding victories, encircling entire Russian armies at Minsk, Smolensk, and Vyazma, all the way up to the very gates of Moscow.





In this work, originally published in German in 1956, Hoth discusses his exact command decisions during Barbarossa—still the largest continental offensive ever undertaken—to reveal new insights into how Germany could, and in his view should, have succeeded in the campaign.


Hoth analyses the origin, development, and objective of the plan, and presents the situations confronted, the decisions taken, and the mistakes made by the army's leadership, as the new form of mobile warfare startled not only the Soviets but the German leadership itself, which failed to provide support infrastructure for their panzer arm's breakthroughs.








Hoth sheds light on the decisive and ever-escalating struggle between Hitler and his military advisers on the question whether, after the Dnieper and the Dvina had been reached, to adhere to the original idea of capturing Moscow. He then finally considers in detail whether the Germans, after obliterating the remaining Russian armies facing Army Group Center in Operation Typhoon, could still hope for the occupation of the Russian capital











Hoth concludes his study with several lessons for the future offensive use of armored formations. His firsthand analysis is vital reading for every student of World War II.