In March 1945 the German Wehrmacht undertook its final attempt to change the course of the war by launching a counteroffensive in the area of Lake Balaton, Hungary. Here, the best panzer forces of the Third Reich and the elite of the Panzerwaffe were assembled - the panzer divisions SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, Das Reich, Totenkopf, Wiking and others, staffed by ardent bIn March 1945 the German Wehrmacht undertook its final attempt to change the course of the war by launching a counteroffensive in the area of Lake Balaton, Hungary. Here, the best panzer forces of the Third Reich and the elite of the Panzerwaffe were assembled - the panzer divisions SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, Das Reich, Totenkopf, Wiking and others, staffed by ardent believers in Nazism and armed with the most up-to-date combat equipment, including up to 900 tanks and self-propelled guns. At the time, this was considered a secondary axis for the Red Army, and thus the troops of the 3rd Ukrainian Front had to stop the German counteroffensive with their own forces and could not count upon reinforcements from the Stavka Reserve, which were needed for the decisive storming of Berlin. Relying upon their combat skill and rich combat experience, the Soviet troops carried out this task with honor, stopping the tidal wave of German armor and inflicting a decisive defeat and enormous, irreplaceable losses upon the enemy. The defeat of the Sixth SS Panzer Army became a genuine catastrophe for Germany, and Balaton becamse the tomb of the Panzerwaffe. In this book, penned by two leading Russian military historians, this major defeat suffered by the Wehrmacht has been described and analyzed for the first time using data from both Soviet and German archives. It focuses not only on Operation Spring Awakening, but also describes the preceding Konrad offensives conducted by the Germans in the effort to come to the aid of the encircled and desperate German and fascist Hungarian defenders of Budapest. This edition is lavishly illustrated with over a hundred rare photographs of destroyed or disabled German armor taken shortly after the battle by a Soviet inspection team, besides other photographs and specially-commissioned color maps....
|Title||:||Tomb of the Panzerwaffe: The Defeat of the Sixth SS Panzer Army in Hungary 1945|
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Tomb of the Panzerwaffe: The Defeat of the Sixth SS Panzer Army in Hungary 1945 Reviews
Hello,I enjoyed this book. I had visited Budapest in 2011, and knew of the battle, but I was not fully aware of the details, the commanders, or why the battle was fought three times for this capital with the last of the German reserves. The book begins with the economic, political, and strategic reasons why Hungary was an important battleground to fight over. From being a source of oil (last source available to the Reich) and a final ally in addition to defending the routes to southern Germany and Austria there is justification as to why Hitler would choose to fight in Hungary. The decision to fight made, the reallocated German Panzer assets are described, their locations and status explained. These were not the divisions of 1943, having been worn down by two years of continuous conflict. Nevertheless, they were thrown into the successive series of conflicts fought for control of Budapest and ultimately fail to achieve their aims. The Russian Commander is aware of the impending attacks and actions on a Front, army, and divisional level are discussed. Key assets and lessons learnt from Kursk are detailed showing how earlier conflicts changed the way the Russians approached this defensive conflict doing their best to minimize forces to conserve strength for their counter-offensive and push for Berlin. Aleksei describes Operations Konrad 1 through 3 from both a Soviet and German perspective. Commanders on both sides make mistakes and Aleksei describes the decisions made and their consequences. I highly recommended for a historian of the late war conflict on the Eastern Front. The pictures and attention to detail of this corner of the conflict that waged is well illuminated by this work.