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Heinz Guderian: The Life and Legacy of Nazi Germany?s Famous Panzer Commander

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ISBN 10: 1974502554 / ISBN 13: 9781974502554
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Title: Heinz Guderian: The Life and Legacy of Nazi ...

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2017

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*Includes pictures
*Includes Guderian's quotes about his life and the war
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
“Actions speak louder than words. In the days to come the Goddess of Victory will bestow her laurels only on those who prepared to act with daring.” – Heinz Guderian
Heinz Wilhelm Guderian was one of the most respected commanders and theoreticians of World War II. An innovative tank commander, he was a pioneer of German Blitzkrieg tactics and therefore, a hugely influential figure in the way the war was fought. Guderian's profile was not always what might have been expected for a man of his abilities and influence warrant due to the shape of his career.
As a German commander during the war, Guderian fought for one of the most appalling regimes in history, so while his skills are respected, it is hard to celebrate a man who led the troops of the Reich, especially to such success. Erwin Rommel, the legendary Desert Fox, managed to somewhat sidestep this stigma through his glamour and remarkable achievements spanning the length of the war, but Guderian was out of power for over a year, and when he returned, it was not to a position of battlefield command, giving him fewer opportunities than Rommel to build his reputation in the eyes of the Western media.
The reasons for Guderian's time out of command are tied to the reason for his lower profile; he was a traditional German career officer rather than an ideologically driven Nazi, willing to challenge Adolf Hitler's opinions on military matters. This, together with his outspoken attitude, led to his loss of favor and dismissal from command. At the same time, being a career military man rather than a Nazi officer also meant Guderian was not as directly involved in the atrocities of the war, and he did not gained the infamy of his SS contemporaries, which ensured the ongoing fame of men far less deserving of recognition.
In spite of - or perhaps because of - these factors, Guderian's story provides valuable insight into the war and the men who fought it. His story provides insight into the origins of the Nazi military machine, the reasons for its early successes, and the disasters that led it to ruin. It also reveals the difficult relationship between the Nazis and the more conservative German governing class.
Heinz Guderian: The Life and Legacy of Nazi Germany’s Famous Panzer Commander examines the life of one of World War II’s most influential soldiers. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about Guderian like never before.

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