German Artillery of World War Two

German Artillery of World War Two

Author: Ian V. Hogg

Publisher: Frontline Books

ISBN: 9781473896932

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 591

The complete story of German Artillery during World War Two, this illustrated volume is divided into sections according to the weapon classes: Infantry, Mountain and Field Artillery, Heavy Field Artillery, Heavy Artillery, Railway Artillery, Anti-Aircraft

World War II in Europe

World War II in Europe

Author: David T. Zabecki

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135812423

Category: History

Page: 1550

View: 104

First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Germany at War: 400 Years of Military History [4 volumes]

Germany at War: 400 Years of Military History [4 volumes]

Author: David T. Zabecki Ph.D.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781598849813

Category: History

Page: 1797

View: 534

Written by experts for use by nonexperts, this monumental work probes Germany's "Genius for War" and the unmistakable pattern of tactical and operational innovation and excellence evident throughout the nation's military history. • Pulls together all the historical military threads that resulted in modern Germany • Examines wars, battles, leaders, weapons, and strategy and tactics • Features contributors from 14 countries, including official historians from America, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Estonia • Offers biographies of selected German military leaders who made significant contributions in non-German wars, such as Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Christian von Zweibrücken, and Johann Gottlieb Rall (American Revolution) and Carl Schurz (American Civil War) • Includes 77 original documents, more than half of which were translated into English for the first time for this encyclopedia

42cm 'Big Bertha' and German Siege Artillery of World War I

42cm 'Big Bertha' and German Siege Artillery of World War I

Author: Marc Romanych

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781780960197

Category: History

Page: 50

View: 251

In the early days of World War I, Germany unveiled a new weapon – the mobile 42cm (16.5 inch) M-Gerät howitzer. At the time, it was the largest artillery piece of its kind in the world and a closely guarded secret. When war broke out, two of the howitzers were rushed directly from the factory to Liege where they quickly destroyed two forts and compelled the fortress to surrender. After repeat performances at Namur, Maubeuge and Antwerp, German soldiers christened the howitzers 'Grosse' or 'Dicke Berta' (Fat or Big Bertha) after Bertha von Krupp, owner of the Krupp armament works that built the howitzers. The nickname was soon picked up by German press which triumphed the 42cm howitzers as Wunderwaffe (wonder weapons), and the legend of Big Bertha was born. This book details the design and development of German siege guns before and during World War I. Accompanying the text are many rare, never-before-published photographs of 'Big Bertha' and the other German siege guns. Colour illustrations depict the most important aspects of the German siege artillery.

Encyclopedia of World War II

Encyclopedia of World War II

Author: Alan Axelrod

Publisher: H W Fowler

ISBN: 9780816060221

Category: History

Page: 911

View: 376

Provides over seven hundred entries about the second World War discussing the biographies of key figures, maps and explanations of decisive battles, and the military, historical, political, and diplomatic aspects of the war.

The German War Machine in World War II: An Encyclopedia

The German War Machine in World War II: An Encyclopedia

Author: David T. Zabecki

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440869181

Category: History

Page: 420

View: 812

This invaluable resource offers students a comprehensive overview of the German war machine that overran much of Europe during World War II, with close to 300 entries on a variety of topics and several key primary source documents. This book provides everything the reader needs to know about the German war machine that developed into the potent armed force under Adolf Hitler. This expansive encyclopedia covers the period of the German Third Reich, from January 1933 to the end of World War II in Europe, in May 1945. Dozens of entries on key battles and military campaigns, military and political leaders, military and intelligence organizations, and social and political topics that shaped German military conduct during World War II are followed by an illuminating epilogue that outlines why Germany lost World War II. A documents section includes more than a dozen fascinating primary sources on such significant events as the Tripartite Pact among Germany, Italy, and Japan; the Battle of Stalingrad; the Normandy Invasion; the Ardennes Offensive; and Germany's surrender. In addition, six appendices provide detailed information on a variety of topics such as German aces, military commanders, and military medals and decorations. The book ends with a chronology and a bibliography of print resources. Presents a comprehensive overview of how the German Army was able to rebuild itself from the ground up following World War I Explains how flawed German strategy blundered the country into a two- and even three-front war it could not hope to win Explores the contradiction of Wehrmacht complicity in the rise of the Nazis and the Holocaust, and the fact that a group of Wehrmacht officers formed Germany's only viable internal opposition to Hitler Examines many of the less popularly known but key German military leaders such as Ludwig Beck, Adolf Heusinger, Hans Speidel, Johannes Steinhoff, and Siegfried Westphal

Artillery Warfare, 1939–1945

Artillery Warfare, 1939–1945

Author: Simon Forty

Publisher: Pen and Sword Military

ISBN: 9781526776815

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 930

It is said that artillery won the Second World War for the Allies – that Soviet guns wore down German forces on the Eastern Front, negating their superior tactics and fighting ability, and that the accuracy and intensity of the British and American artillery was a major reason for the success of Allied forces in North Africa from El Alamein, in Italy and Normandy, and played a vital role in the battles of 1944 and 1945. Yet the range of weapons used is often overlooked or taken for granted – which is why this highly illustrated history by Simon and Jonathan Forty is of such value. They stress the importance of artillery on every front and analyze how artillery equipment, training and tactical techniques developed during the conflict. The selection of wartime photographs – many from east European sources – and the extensive quotations from contemporary documents give a graphic impression of how the guns were used on all sides. The photographs emphasize the wide range of pieces employed as field, antiaircraft and antitank artillery without forgetting self-propelled guns, coastal and other heavyweights and the development of rockets. The authors offer a fascinating insight into the weapons that served in the artillery over seventy years ago.

The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II

The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II

Author: Chris Bishop

Publisher: Amber

ISBN: 1782741674

Category: History

Page: 608

View: 708

"[This book] examines key weapons of every type. The volume includes more than 1500 weapons, from handguns to jet fighters. Each weapon system is illustrated with a detailed profile artwork or a photograph showing the weapon in action... text provides each weapon's service history, specifications, and its variants"--Publisher's description.

Operation Barbarossa: the Complete Organisational and Statistical Analysis, and Military Simulation Volume IIA

Operation Barbarossa: the Complete Organisational and Statistical Analysis, and Military Simulation Volume IIA

Author: Nigel Askey

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781304453297

Category: History

Page: 724

View: 122

Operation Barbarossa: Volume IIA concerns the Wehrmacht. All the significant German weapon systems and combat squads used in the campaign are analysed using the quantitative methodology detailed in Volume I, along with the contextual history. An assessment of each weapon system's inherent 'combat power' is provided, as well as attributes such as the relative anti-tank, anti-personnel and anti-aircraft values. Volume IIA then focuses on the detailed Kriegstarkenachweisungen (KStN, or TOE) for German land units (including those in the West), as well as the unit's actual organisation and equipment. All significant units in the German Army (Heer), Waffen SS, Luftwaffe and security forces are included; ranging from the largest panzer divisions, down to small anti-aircraft companies, military-police units, Landesschutzen battalions, and rail-road and construction companies. In all cases the data is presented in detailed tables, using the weapon systems and combat squads previously analysed.