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 Publishers
Series :
Die Wehrmacht im Kampf
Illustration :
maps and 10 pages of photos
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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.


Hoth produced a more balanced view of the fighting that some of his contemporaries. The standard line taken by many German generals was that Hitler's decisions were almost always wrong, and if he had only left the direction of the war to them, then the result would have been different. Hoth, at least in the mid 1950s when this book was written, was more willing to admit that sometimes Hitler had a valid point, and some of his orders produced significant German victories.
History of War

A useful study on how the German leadership failed to provide adequate logistical support to capitalise on the breakthroughs made by the Panzer divisions.
Classic Military Vehicle Magazine

The appendices include actual operational orders, but (unlike Guderian's book Panzer Leader) this is not a memoir - it is a masterclass in what happened and how to command armour. For that reason alone it should be bought and read by anyone who thinks they know about tanks, command or staff work as well as those with an interest in military history. 5 stars.
Army Rumour Service

It is interesting in seeing how a senior commander viewed the machinations of higher command and the impact on campaign performance.
Miniature Wargames - Chris Jarvis