The Blitzkrieg Years 1939-40
By (author) Pier Paolo Battistelli
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Panzer Divisions by Pier Paolo Battistelli
Book DescriptionAt the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, Germany's armoured forces - the Panzerwaffe - were still in their infancy. The restrictions imposed by the Treaty of Versailles meant that German tank production lagged behind its enemies. Initial armour campaigns in Poland were not overly successful and changes were needed before the invasion of France. This book examines the organizational changes, developments in doctrine and tactics and improved command and control that provided the basis for the spectacular success of the Panzer divisions in 1940. Achieving tactical and operational surprise, the Panzer divisions broke through enemy defences, enveloping a large number of hostile forces at Dunkirk.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781846031465
(248mm x 184mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Pier Paolo Battistelli
Pier Paolo Battistelli earned his PhD in military history at the University of Padua. A scholar of German and Italian politics and strategy throughout World War II, he is active in Italy and abroad writing titles and essays on military history subjects. A contributor to the Italian Army Historical Office, he is currently revising his PhD thesis for publication, The War of the Axis: German and Italian Military Partnership in World War Two, 1939-1943. The author lives in Foligno, Italy.
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