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Hitler's German Panzer Divisions on the Eastern Front
Panzer Endkampf
German Panzer Divisions; Eastern Front, 1943-45
© 2005
404 pages; 21 chapters
During the years 1943-45, as the German Army was driven steadily back
toward its own borders, approximately thirty
German panzer divisions and
panzer grenadier divisions
were the corset stays of the Eastern Front.
The adroit command and control of those divisions could have decided the
war in the Germans’ favor by 1944. (By the middle of 1944, there was no
longer any real chance for the Third Reich.) During the research for this
e-book, all available manuscripts describing the experiences of
German panzer troops in World War II were carefully analyzed. Every
book enunciated three lies: 1)
Hitler was to blame for all the mistakes made;
2) the
German panzer divisions were constantly under strength; and
3) the
German panzer and panzer grenadier commanders remained
loyal to their troops and the German people, in spite of their hatred for
Hitler.
Expert analysis of what really happened on the
Eastern Front contradicts all those assertions. Panzer Endkampf
scrutinizes and reports salient aspects of the
operations of twelve German panzer divisions in 1943-45, in order to
reveal the truth. As the reader will discover, German Army generals in World War II hid many secrets. Among those secrets
are: 1)
German Panzer divisions were frequently fully up to strength; 2) the most costly mistakes, which resulted in the
loss of millions of German lives, were made by German generals; 3) many of those mistakes were in the form of
sabotage,
undertaken
because of a hatred of Hitler, regardless of its negative effect on the fortunes of the German people. Panzer
Endkampf
investigates the decline of German panzer divisions on the Eastern Front, by examining the frequently
disloyal and sporadically incompetent command behavior and operations of the following
German Army panzer divisions:
1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 24th, and 25th. Read
Panzer Endkampf and learn the real truth.
“The 18th Panzer Division was tottering and about ready to collapse just before the huge armored Battle of Kursk.
Infusions of replacements and replenishment with around sixty new tanks prepared the division for combat. Going into
Operation Citadel, the 18th Panzer Division had four battalions of infantry, three support battalions and seventy-two
light and medium tanks (38 of which were obsolescent German light tanks with thin armor and small caliber main tank
guns).
On 5 July 1943, the
18th Panzer Division attacked the northern Soviet perimeter of the Kursk enclave, but having
failed in achieving its objectives, began to come apart. On the first day of the "Zitadelle" offensive one of its rifle
regiments refused to assault the enemy's positions when it came under a heavy artillery barrage, and a reconnaissance
company which retreated in chaos from an abortive attack caused a general panic among the men of another rifle
battalion which culminated in a hasty withdrawal from a well-defended line."' Not long thereafter the Alarmeinheiten
raised by the division as an emergency measure fled from the battlefield the moment their officers were hit. The next day
one of the rifle regiments "came out of control" in the wake of a Soviet attack, the troops fled to the rear, and "within
minutes the divisional headquarters itself became the front-line." A few days later another infantry battalion fled as a
Soviet tank attack rolled over its positions."' The divisional commander was highly distressed by this series of incidents
whereby, in his own words, "companies, on hearing the cry `enemy tanks,' spring on the vehicles and tow-tractors of the
heavy weapons and drive away to the rear in wild confusion." We have already seen that unlike the manner in which
such cases were treated in 1941, by now officers, NCOs, and even privates were expected to shoot down without further
ado anyone suspected of causing panic." But the divisional commander also tried to harp on his men's professional and
national pride, urging them:” Preserve your feeling of unconditional superiority over the Soviet infantry, who have always
been inferior to you and remain so now. Fight hard and resolutely against any manifestation of panic! Do not let
yourselves be induced to abandon your anti-tank fox-holes and keep in mind how little the enemy can see from his
tanks. Maintain an iron discipline among your ranks, carry out your duty even when your commanders have fallen. He
whose heart is in the right place, can and should lead even without shoulder-straps and stripes." “
Excerpt from Panzer Endkampf

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