Book Description

Published E P Dutton, 1952. 1st edition. Near fine hardback covers in a near fine pictorial dust jacket. Wrapper slightly chipped at top head of spines. Internally fine with sketch maps and black and white ills. Bookplate of James Ewing and his signature in pencil on the front free end paper. james W Ewing was a US Army Officer. In March 1945, World War II in Europe was coming to an end. The Soviets from the east and the Americans, British, French, and Canadians from the west were advancing into Nazi Germany. After the failure of General Busse to rescue the encircled German troops at Küstrin, General Heinz Guderian and Adolf Hitler shouted at each other in pure rage. Guderian, purple in his face, screamed at Hitler. Hitler’s staff stood by in shock. In the end, both men had to be separated. On March 28, 1945, Hitler relieved Guderian of his command: “I think you have had enough. You are relieved of command. You can go home now.” — Hitler to Guderian after firing him. He never saw Hitler again.
Dealer Notes
Panzer Leader myth
Guderian's post-war autobiography Panzer Leader was a success with the reading public. He cast himself as an innovator and the "father" of the German panzer arm, both before the war and during the blitzkrieg years. This allowed him to re-imagine himself as the master of the blitzkrieg between 1939 and 1941; however, this was an exaggeration. Guderian's German memoirs were first published in 1950. At that time they were the only source on the development of panzer forces.

In newer studies, historians began to question Guderian's memoirs and criticize the myth that they had created. Battistelli, examining Guderian's record, said he was not the father of the panzer arm. He was one of a number of innovators. He stood out from his arguably more able compatriot, Lutz, for two reasons. Firstly, he sought the limelight, and secondly, he fostered a close relationship with Hitler. In portraying himself as the father of blitzkrieg and ingratiating himself with the Americans, he avoided being handed over to the Soviet Union. Battistelli writes that his most remarkable skill was not as a theoretician or commander, it was as an author. His books Achtung-Panzer! and Panzer Leader were a critical and commercial success upon publication and continue to be discussed, researched and analysed 67 years after his death.

Guderian was a capable tactician and technician, leading his troops successfully in the Invasion of Poland, the Battle of France and during the early stages of the invasion of the Soviet Union: especially in the advance to Smolensk and the Battle of Kiev. Liddell Hart writes that most of his success came from positions of substantial advantage, and he was never able to accomplish victory from a position of weakness.
Author General Heinz Guderian
Date 1952
Binding Cloth
Publisher E P Dutton, New York, 1952
Illustrator N/A
Condition Very Good Plus

Price: £125.00

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