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Panzer Leader is an autobiography by Heinz Guderian. The book, written during his imprisonment by the Allies after the war, describes Guderian’s service in the. Panzer Leader has ratings and 76 reviews. Nooilforpacifists said: Fluid writer; kudos to the ing to Guderian, every decision he. —Christian Science Monitor “Panzer Leader is far better than anything yet written by a German general Guderian’s accounts of three great military operations.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Panzer Leader by Heinz Guderian. Panzer Leader by Heinz Guderian. Liddell Hart Foreword by. Kenneth John Macksey Introduction. But inwhen Guderian advised that ground forces should take a step back, Hitler dismissed him. In addition to providing a rare inside look at key members of the Nazi party, Guderian reveals in detail how he developed the Panzer tank forces and orchestrated their various campaigns, from the breakthrough at Sedan to his drive to the Channel coast that virtually decided the Battle of France.

Panzer Leader became a bestseller within one year of its original publication in and has since been recognized as a classic account of the greatest conflict of our time.

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Lists with This Book. Sep 05, Nooilforpacifists rated it liked it Shelves: Fluid writer; kudos to the translator. According to Guderian, every decision he made led to a brilliant breakout; any other order — especially Hitler’s — stayed his Panzers, likely at the cost of winning the war. Though at one point, he wonders just how anyone expected to beat England without an aircraft carrier.

It’s a literate book, though his hand-drawn sketches of each section of each gguderian are near incomprehensible. And I don’t really blame him for not questioning the underpinnings of Na Fluid writer; kudos to the translator. And I don’t really blame him for not questioning the underpinnings of National Socialism–he was a professional guderisn there was a war.

But Guderian repeats, over and over, about the orders he did NOT pass to the troops: Methinks he doth protest too much. Guderian’s reputation rests on five things: Of these, 3 is the most interesting take-away. But that doesn’t mean his book isn’t devoted to explaining why he could have won the war, were it not for high command and Hitler’s interference, and settling scores on old comrades who blamed him for the defeat.

The second is a particularly dull read because the parties involved are dead, and few care. Guderian’s most infuriating technique is passive voice. When directing troops against the enemy, action verbs and first person pronouns are shot from a howitzer.

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The engine switches off when discussing responsibility for the war things were done plus the civilian casualties and the Holocaust orders were given; always by another. Meanwhile, Guderian decries actions Nazis took in defiance of “our Christian religion. Those and other tactical disagreements brought Guderian into near-daily infighting with headquarters staff. The problem was Hitler’s original plan, with three Army Groups, the first of which with a vague objective of Moscow.


Between the Reds’ T tanks better than anything but the last few Panzers built and the ability to retreat, the unlimited objectives of Operation Gudfrian remain astonishing to this day.

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Hitler disagreed, and when the advance began to be rolled-back, sacked Guderian in retribution for…cold and comparatively crappy tanks. The book continues with a interesting short section, seemingly based partly on post-war writings, about Hitler’s meddling in tank and armor design.

Don’t cry for me, Adolf Eichmann. Guderian had the good luck to be fired by Hitler six weeks before the end of the war. The book ends there, but it’s worth noting that although he spent several years in custody, no charges ever were filed.

It’s not a war crime to invent the Blitzkrieg: View all 3 comments. Nov 24, Carol Storm rated it it was amazing. Brilliant memoir of some of World War II’s greatest battles written by the one German general who was never intimidated by Adolph Hitler. One of the things that surprised me when I read this book was that General Guderian had a very dry sense of humor. When he talks about Goering “devoting himself to fine dining with visible results. Reading on Wikipedia I see that General Guderian was imprisoned by the Allies for three years, but was never found guilty of any war crimes.

Heinz Guderian lived on until I wish the general had written a sequel to this classic memoir. I would have been fascinated to hear his impressions of the English and American soldiers he met while he was a prisoner, and what kind of advice he might have given his son on basically rebuilding the German army from nothing. I also would have liked to hear his impressions of Germany and how the people responded to defeat.

But the original is still the greatest! Nov 27, Steven Peterson rated it really liked it. Heinz Guderian’s “Panzer Leader” provides an inside story of the development of the German armored forces before World War II and the operation of those forces during that war.

Guderian was one of the major figures helping to develop the Panzer doctrine of quick striking and deep thrusting armored attacks. And the book portrays the resistance from more traditional army leaders in the German military.

The Introduction by Kenneth Macksey observes that page vii: In the “Foreword,” B. Liddell Hart casually notes that page No nation that maintains fighting services can afford to revoke that rule of experience. Where soldiers begin to question the rightness of the cause for which they are fighting, armies soon collapse.

When should a military recoil from the madness of a leader like Hitler? Hart may be far too forgiving of soldiers fighting for wicked causes. Still, a difficult issue. The book itself traces, briefly, Guderian’s early life. It then considers his role in the development of German armor and the consequent doctrines of warfare based on the use of armor. He discusses the German movements against Austria and the Sudetenland and then the invasion of Poland.

The role of armor was most dramatically seen with the German attack on the Western front. The Panzer divisions sliced deep into the allied defenses, creating havoc. Only Hitler’s foolish calling off the army at Dunkirk allowed the English to rescue substantial elements of its ground forces. Guderian’s tale of the preparation for and carrying out of the attack on Russia is detailed and dry. Much detail is provided and see Manstein’s book on the same subject, “Lost Victories”.


Perhaps most telling is his tale of the slashing retreat panzwr German forces found themselves vastly outnumbered by Russian forces and subject to the awful weather of Russia. Guderian explains the mad strategy of Hitler of refusing to let the German forces find better sites to defend their positions. For his criticisms of Hitler pretty courageous of Guderianhe was relieved–only to come back later as, of all things, Chief of the German General Staff.

At the end, he ventures a few observations on leading personalities of the Third Reich and concludes with some very brief comments. The final part of the book is a series of Appendices that are useful memos of critical events, for example. This is a book, like Manstein’s, that is useful for providing graphic detail of the military struggles of the Second World War. And both reveal little perspective by the two fighting generals of their role in the misery created by the Third Reich.

Feb 24, R. F Brown rated it it was amazing. Battlefield and politics should never mix, and nowhere is that clearer than in Panzer leader. As others have pointed out, Guderian takes credit for the works of others, and any serious student of world war two would do well to Battlefield and politics should never mix, and nowhere is that clearer than in Panzer leader. As others have pointed out, Guderian takes credit for the works of others, and any serious student of world war two would do well to cross reference this work with the writings of Von Manstein and other established leaderr texts.

On the question of ethics and morals, Guderian does little to explain why he served such a barbaric regime, using the shield of duty and the Prussian guderisn to explain away his committed service.

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His ignorance concerning the treatment of Jews in occupied Russia, and the notorius commissar order, is remarkable, given what we know about the co-operation of the Germany army in aiding the death squads operating behind the lines, but as somebody once said, hindsight is a wonderful thing.

In saying that, the above should not detract from what is a valuable piece of panser military and political history. The folly of Hitler’s insistence in micro-managing the German army is laid bare, and is in stark contrast to the shrewdness of Stalin, who was more content to detach himself from the military decision making at least until victory was assured. All in all, a great book for any student of military history. Aug 30, carl theaker rated it liked it Shelves: What better lessons than from the master himself?

A bit on the dry side, but an invaluable perspective.