Tomb of the Panzerwaffe

The Defeat of the Sixth SS Panzer Army in Hungary 1945

Aleksei Isaev, Maksim Kolomiets

In March 1945 the German Wehrmacht undertook its final attempt to change the course of the war by launching a counteroffensive in the area of Lake Balaton, Hungary.
Publication date:
May 2014
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Contributor(s) :
Stuart Britton
Language:
English
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9781909982161
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£35.00
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Overview
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• Two leading Russian military historians analyse the catastrophic German defeat at Balaton in 1945, for the first time using data from both Soviet and German archives.

In March 1945 the German Wehrmacht undertook its final attempt to change the course of the war by launching a counteroffensive in the area of Lake Balaton, Hungary. Here, the best panzer forces of the Third Reich and the elite of the Panzerwaffe were assembled - the panzer divisions SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, Das Reich, Totenkopf, Wiking and others, staffed by ardent believers in Nazism and armed with the most up-to-date combat equipment, including up to 900 tanks and self-propelled guns.

At the time, this was considered a secondary axis for the Red Army, and thus the troops of the 3rd Ukrainian Front had to stop the German counteroffensive with their own forces and could not count upon reinforcements from the Stavka Reserve, which were needed for the decisive storming of Berlin. Relying upon their combat skill and rich combat experience, the Soviet troops carried out this task with honor, stopping the tidal wave of German armor and inflicting a decisive defeat and enormous, irreplaceable losses upon the enemy. The defeat of the Sixth SS Panzer Army became a genuine catastrophe for Germany, and Balaton becamse the tomb of the Panzerwaffe.

In this book, penned by two leading Russian military historians, this major defeat suffered by the Wehrmacht has been described and analyzed for the first time using data from both Soviet and German archives. It focuses not only on Operation Spring Awakening, but also describes the preceding Konrad offensives conducted by the Germans in the effort to come to the aid of the encircled and desperate German and fascist Hungarian defenders of Budapest. This edition is lavishly illustrated with over a hundred rare photographs of destroyed or disabled German armor taken shortly after the battle by a Soviet inspection team, besides other photographs and specially-commissioned color maps.

REVIEWS

This book analyses the catastrophic German defeat at Balaton in 1945 and for the first time uses data collected from both Soviet and German archive sources.
Military Machines International

This book analyses the catastrophic German defeat at Balaton in 1945 and for the first time uses data collected from both Soviet and German archive sources.
Military Machines International

In today's day and age one of the primary values an author can provide a reader of Second World War events is in offering a well thought out analysis that, in addition, is balanced. And here Aleksei Isaev and Maksim Kolomiet's deliver both in quite a commendable fashion.
Globe at War