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Kenneth Macksey's highly regarded biography of Generaloberst Heinz Guderian gives clear insight into the mind and motives of the father of modern tank warfare. Panzer General shows Guderian as a man of ideas equipped with the ability to turn inspiration into reality. A master of strategy and tactics, he was the officer most responsible for creating blitzkrieg in World War II.

Guderian built the Panzerwaffe in the face of opposition from the German General Staff and personally led the lightning campaigns by tanks and aircraft that put a large part of Europe under domination by the Third Reich. Kenneth Macksey, a tank man himself for more than 20 years, reveals the man as a brilliant rebel in search of ideals and a general whose personality, genius, and achievements far transcended those of Rommel.

As well as throwing light on the crucial campaigns in Poland, France, and Russia, this biography illuminates the struggles within the German hierarchy, both in the military and in the Nazi Party, for control of the Panzer forces. Based on information from the extensive family archives, Panzer General demonstrates why Guderian was so admired by some while denigrated by others.

©1975, 2003 Kenneth Macksey (P)2020 Tantor

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Yes really enjoyed this book about a very interesting man. Narration wasn’t always great but got used to it. Anyone with an interest in real leaders should listen and take note.

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At times not the content I was interested in but generally very engaging. Narration was initially not to my taste but improved as the book went on.

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Great Book

Interested in military history? Read this. Guderian was not hung at Nuremberg. Not sure why not... maybe his charm. Leading from the front usually gets a leader killed.