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Help me choose some good books. - 3/1/2013 5:09:21 AM   
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I'm trying to choose out of the following list of books. While I'd like to stay under sixty dollars, I just don't know what to cut out! What do you recommend? I'm a infantry type of guy, and I'm trying to get into tank warfare at both operation and tactical levels. I thought about taking either Actung Panzer or Panzer Leader, both are by Heniz but which one has more theory in it?







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RE: Help me choose some good books. - 3/1/2013 6:24:29 AM   
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Of these I have only read Lost Victories - but that is a good book and definitely worth a read.

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RE: Help me choose some good books. - 3/1/2013 8:34:25 AM   
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Read them all and they are all worth reading.

May I suggest Panzer Commander by Hans Von Luck and Panzer Operations by General Raus, both of these I probably enjoyed more then the above list. However they are all worth reading.

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RE: Help me choose some good books. - 3/1/2013 8:56:16 AM   
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May I suggest Panzer Commander by Hans Von Luck



Have not read all of the above, but would give this one a +1, very good book, and I prefer it over Acthung! Panzer!

On the other side, all books by Lidell-Hart I've ever read are good as well, although they are now getting hard to find


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RE: Help me choose some good books. - 3/1/2013 12:24:10 PM   
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Read them all and they are all worth reading.

May I suggest Panzer Commander by Hans Von Luck and Panzer Operations by General Raus, both of these I probably enjoyed more then the above list. However they are all worth reading.


I have read all the books listed and concur with wodin on Panzer Commander and Panzer Operations - both are outstanding.

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RE: Help me choose some good books. - 3/2/2013 1:15:05 AM   
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Read them all and they are all worth reading.

May I suggest Panzer Commander by Hans Von Luck and Panzer Operations by General Raus, both of these I probably enjoyed more then the above list. However they are all worth reading.


I have read all the books listed and concur with wodin on Panzer Commander and Panzer Operations - both are outstanding.

Would you say that the infantry Company and Bat. Book is worth the price? From the amazon book preview thing, it looks like it's only about 60 pages with most of it being about mines and mortars.

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RE: Help me choose some good books. - 3/2/2013 2:27:03 AM   
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ORIGINAL: wodin

Read them all and they are all worth reading.

May I suggest Panzer Commander by Hans Von Luck and Panzer Operations by General Raus, both of these I probably enjoyed more then the above list. However they are all worth reading.


I have read all the books listed and concur with wodin on Panzer Commander and Panzer Operations - both are outstanding.

Would you say that the infantry Company and Bat. Book is worth the price? From the amazon book preview thing, it looks like it's only about 60 pages with most of it being about mines and mortars.


I own about 30 different WW2 Osprey books. I started buying them a looooong time ago to better understand tactics and create strategies for playing games like Squad Leader, Panzer Blitz and eventually SPWaW. These books are absolutely worth every penny.

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RE: Help me choose some good books. - 3/2/2013 3:10:01 AM   
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Of these I have only read Lost Victories - but that is a good book and definitely worth a read.


Perhaps the OP is also interested in your recommendations for colouring [sic] books, warspite1? I understand you have quite the collection of these.

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RE: Help me choose some good books. - 3/2/2013 4:14:17 AM   
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I picked this up for the Kindle today for $2.99 at Amazon.

Barbarossa Derailed: The Battle of Smolensk by David Glantz

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RE: Help me choose some good books. - 3/2/2013 4:20:18 AM   
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Of these I have only read Lost Victories - but that is a good book and definitely worth a read.


Perhaps the OP is also interested in your recommendations for colouring [sic] books, warspite1? I understand you have quite the collection of these.
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Why yes, yes I have. Here is my favourite




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RE: Help me choose some good books. - 3/2/2013 10:12:26 AM   
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I just finished re-reading Guderian's "Panzer Leader", which I read many years ago, and was reminded again how good a book this is. I remember that the OOB charts of the Panzer units in the appendices were a big favorite then, as all the games available to me had counters representing divisions and higher. This would have been "Tactics Two" days perhaps, with perhaps "Stalingrad" or "D-Day" as new games. I had not seen a tactical game yet. Guderian is important in a special way because of his access to Hitler, and the interaction between them. I do not think I ever read "Achtung Panzer" but it would probably have plenty of theory as it was written before actual panzer operations. In "Panzer Leader" a lot of space is taken up by day-to-day operations in Poland, France and the USSR, which is great for some situations, but can be dry reading if your focus is not at an operational level. Guderian is a primary source for the controversy over the decision to take Kiev before Moscow in Fall 1941.

"Panzer Tactics" is not a bad read, but it is not in the class of the bigger memoirs you included. I have "Lost Victories" on the table in front of me, but scheduled behind a couple of other books. Don't forget the public library, and perhaps interlibrary loans, for some of this reading where ownership of the books is optional.

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