Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)

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Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)

Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)

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I suspect there's a bit of a gloss going on in von Luck's account, but the fact he appears to have become friends with some old adversaries signifies the respect this German officer had from those in a position to judge fairly.

The author is balanced and realistic about war, about the nazis, about his own point of view, about his opponents. The battery thus engaging the enemy, Luck spent the remainder of the day furiously trying to plug the gaps in his line. With British attempts at breaking out around Caen taking place further south, Luck, holding the right flank of the German lines around Caen, did not see any major action until Operation Epsom was launched and the British 11th Armoured Division attacked the positions of 192nd Regiment on 27 June. Luck set out for the front, and to his dismay saw a large contingent of British tanks rolling over what had been the dug in positions of I Battalion/125th Panzer Grenadier Regiment, in the direction of Cagny.I expected this book to be just von Luck's war memoirs, but in fact it details his life from his earliest days in the army right through to his release from the Russian gulag in 1950 and a final chapter bringing his life up to date. Luck, now a major, assumed command over the 3rd Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion of the 21st Panzer Division. Luck's regiment was stationed at Vimont, northeast of Caen, with two companies of assault guns in support. The range was considered too far for engagement, but Luck claims in his memoirs that "Actually, I thought about what Rommel said about Churchill and held my fire. In 1939, Hans von Luck's motorized unit was one of the first to cross the frontier into Poland, marking the start of WWII.

He covers the battles he was involved in as if giving an AAR (After Action Report), narrating his campaigns from the Eastern Front to North Africa, where he served under Rommel, and finally, to the bitter end defense of Berlin, which led to his being captured by the Russians and spending the next five years as a POW.The memoirs are not really a collection of technical details - it's more about human interactions, about things he personally did or felt. Autobiografía del Oberst der Panzerwaffe Hans von Luck que, tras comenzar hablando de la parte final de su cautiverio en manos rusos tras la guerra, nos muestra su juventud, su formación militar y, a partir de ahí, la parte del león que consiste en su intervención en los combates de la Segunda Guerra Mundial para, después, contarnos su destino al terminar ésta. On 10 May 1940 the 7th Panzer Division, a part of 15th Panzer Corps under General Hermann Hoth, advanced into Belgium to proceed to the Meuse river near Dinant as part of the invasion of France.

Over the next six years he was constantly in action in every major theatre of the war, and got to know almost every German commander of note. The preparations were half-hearted however, as it became clearer and clearer that the Luftwaffe would not be able to secure air superiority over the British coast.So in August he was assigned to the Panzer Reconnaissance School in Paris, where he taught new officers the tricks of the trade. It is a about the memories and experiences of a man who happened to be involved in the Battles of Poland, France, Eastern Front, Africa, D-Day, and the final attempt to stop the Russians at the Halbe.



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