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By Michael Sharpe, Brian L. Davis

Spearhead sequence; This sequence seems to be on the innovative of conflict, and bargains solely with devices in a position to working independently within the vanguard of conflict. each one quantity within the sequence examines the selected unit's origins and historical past, its enterprise and order of conflict, its conflict heritage theatre by way of theatre, its insignia and markings. additionally coated are biographies of crucial commanders of every unit. every one name ends with an overview of unit effectiveness - as obvious through the unit Itself, by way of its competitors and within the mild of newer old learn. The books additionally comprise a close reference part with a severe biography, an inventory of proper museums and websites, plus information regarding re-enactment teams and memorials. Das Reich; Raised in Holland in 1939, Das Reich grew to become one of many deadliest of Hitler's tank divisions, battling with contrast in lots of of the war's significant battles. After enjoying the Blitzkrieg within the West, Das Reich moved east and participated in operations within the Balkans and Operation 'Barbarossa', Hitler's invasion of Russia. It stayed at the jap Iront till October 1943, playing the various largest tank battles in historical past, equivalent to these of Kharkov and Kursk. by the point it was once despatched to southern France, to refit, the divisional power was once right down to round 2,500. a few 450 miles from the coast of northern France, Das Reich used to be anticipated, through either German and British analysts, to take 3 days to arrive any hassle spot. in truth, while the invasion got here, the stream of 15,000 males and 209 tanks to Normandy took for much longer. Hampered through the resistance, together with Maquis, SAS and American Jedburghs, and Allied fighter-bombers, the march will be remembered for the outrageous reprisals at Oradour and Tuile. And while it reached mostly, Das Reich's mix of veterans and recruits was once all yet destroyed by the point the Falaise hole was once closed. it'll spend the final days of the struggle refitting after which battling in Hungary and Austria, the place it surrendered to American forces.

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In anticipation of the German attack. The extensive minefields were specially designed to channel the armoured formations into killing grounds, where it was hoped that the German attack would founder. Armour and troop concentrations were also built up, and by the time the attack was launched the Soviets, with 1,300,000 men, 3,600 tanks, 20,000 artillery pieces and 2,400 aircraft, had a clear numerical superiority over the Germans. The attack was in fact successively postponed from 4 May to 12 June by delays in the delivery of the new Panther and Elefant tanks, then for a further period by the collapse of the African front in Tunisia.

One notable action took place on the southern flank. 15 on the 22nd, 150km south of Kharkov, Hauptscharfuhrer Karl Kloskowski in PzKpfw III 431 seized a bridge across the Woltschia River on the western outskirts of Pavlograd, in the process destroying three T-34s and a number of anti-tank guns. Soon, assisted by Unterscharfilhrer Paul Egger'sTiger, the two panzers held the bridge until reinforcements arrived, allowing Das Reich panzergrenadiers to secure the town less than two hours later. Kloskowski was awarded the Knight's Cross in July 1943 for this action.

Under concerted attack by 1st Tank Army, II 55 Panzer Corps fought with XLVIII Corps through a sea of mud to reach the banks of the River Psel (the last natural obstacle before Kursk) west of Prokhorovka. On the eastern flank Das Reich blunted sustained assaults, and by late afternoon on 10 July was in position on the plain north of Prokhorovka to attack the 5th Guards Tank Army now gathering there. Early on 12 July the II 55 Panzer Corps divisions formed up for what was widely Below: August 1943.

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