November 3, 2015 at 12:14 am #22256First SergeantModerator
This is a list of the books by Franz Kurowski that I have read and that I have in my library. I recommend any of them to get a better understanding of why the Wehrmacht was so successful at what they did.
While some things are lost in translation, it still gives a good review of the type of tactics that Bill Buppert talks about in his writings.
The author of these books, Franz Kurowski, served as a reporter in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He has written over 100 books. Only a fraction have been translated into English.
This is the first one that I read years ago. I still go back and read it periodically.
This is a link to Panzer Aces I, it has links for II and III on the page
Signal out, can you identify.
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Klagt Nicht, KämpftNovember 3, 2015 at 12:56 am #22257Joe (G.W.N.S.)Moderator
I’ll add one more to this “The Brandenburger Commandos: Germany’s Elite Warrior Spies in WWII.”
Very few books have been written about this clandestine operations unit, which was run by the German Army’s intelligence service. Trained to be quick, mobile, and self-reliant and steeped in local customs and languages, the Brandenburgers operated behind enemy lines around the world. From Western Europe to Romania, Russia, Egypt, Afghanistan, and World War II’s other fronts, they seized bridges and other strategic targets and engaged in sabotage, espionage, and other daring missions-often bending the rules of war in the process. Although the unit was dissolved in 1944, its tactics influenced special forces around the world both during the war and after.
It provides a unique look into a little known area of German Intelligence.
As already mentioned the quality of translation can be difficult at times.
Note: Those that can read Deutsch, but lack details of German military terminology and would like to give the originals a try should download a copy of “TM 30-506 German Military Dictionary: German-English, English-German” PDF. Published in 1944 for the War Department, it is very helpful and era appropriate.November 3, 2015 at 8:16 pm #22272gatlinggunParticipant
I would add another of Franz’s books called Bridgehead Kurland, The Six Epic Battles of Heeresgruppe Kurland.
This book details the ferocious fighting in the Courland province of Lithuania from October 1944 to the end of the war. Heeresgruppe Kurland held up massive Soviet forces that were badly needed elsewhere and at the end of the war surrendered in good order. A well written book on a little known subject in America.
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