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Blitzkrieg Unleashed: The German Invasion of Poland 1939 [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Richard Hargreaves
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18. September 2008
At dawn on Friday 1 September 1939 the Germans launched their land, sea and air assault on Poland. The World became aware of the awesome power of Hitler's Third Reich and the limitless and ruthless nature of his ambition.The Blitzkrieg (Lightning War) attack, spearheaded by Panzers, took the German forces to the gates of Warsaw in a week. The vital port of Danzig fell, crushed by naval and air bombardment and land assaults. The Polish Air Force, out-numbered and out-gunned, were driven from the skies. In a month Warsaw fell amid great bloodshed and in six weeks the Poles were defeated.The speed of the German conquest was matched by its brutality. Lives and property meant little to the invaders and civilians and POWs were summarily executed. Jews received particular attention and these atrocities were not just perpetrated by the SS but soldiers of the Wehrmacht.Blitzkrieg Unleashed is told in the words of those who conquered Poland, thanks to the author's research into letters, diaries, unpublished accounts, official documents and histories and newspapers.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 324 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pen & Sword Books (Ncr) (18. September 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1844157776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844157778
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,1 x 15,7 x 3,3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.913.607 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Nicht staubtrocken 29. März 2009
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Der Autor bemüht sich, diesen im englischsprachigen Raum kaum beachteten Polenfeldzug aus der Perspektive derer zu beschreiben, die ihn selber erlebt haben. Wer eine trockene militärische Analyse der Schlachten erwartet, der ist hier eher schlecht bedient. Man merkt dem Buch an, daß der Autor umfangreiche Recherchen betrieben hat, um die Berichte zu finden, zu übersetzen und diese dann in seinem Werk einbauen zu können. So entsteht eine Art von "menschlicher" Schilderung der Ereignisse, weit abseits der üblichen Militärhistoriographie. Vielleicht anfangs ein wenig gewöhnungsbedürftig, aber doch lesenswert.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr Gut! 20. März 2010
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(Entschuldigung, aber diese Rezension ist auf Englisch!)

Upon hearing of the book Blitzkrieg Unleashed: The German Invasion of Poland 1939, I was immediately interested, however not completely ready to dig into my wallet. I searched around and managed to find the author, Richard Hargreaves, who was a member and had posted a small teaser for the book.

It worked. After reading the small teaser I was immediately astonished by the enticing mixture of personal accounts of German soldiers and archival material. This feature, combined with the author's experience as a writer, made me feel this book was a necessity.

Within a week the book was in my hands and I was ready to dive in. The book contains 305 pages (not including the bibliography and quite useful index) and is divided into twelve chapters. The thirty-odd photos are nothing new, but still portray destruction of the invasion as it was. Included are thirteen maps which range from showing the national situation to more detailed village portrayals.

This book certainly did not disappoint me after the first teaser. The author accumulated dozens of diaries, letters, and anecdotes which he wove between the troop movement and battle developments of the Poland invasion. Although only German and English sources are used, the Polish perspective is not lost. Few Polish accounts, recorded in German or English books, have made their way into the book to tell their important stories.

After approximately one week I was finished with the book and could feel myself connected with the soldiers described in the text. The author's unique ability to balance person narratives and battle occurrences made the book a worthwhile read and expenditure. As a result I look forward to this promising author's upcoming works.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Insight Undefined 30. Januar 2010
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This book comes across as a series of first-hand accounts of war put together geographically and chronologically without any real analysis. The title implies that the book would include some insight on the evolution of armored warfare doctrine and blitzkrieg. The only acknowlegment of blitzkrieg doctrine throughout the book appears to be Guderian's own statements claiming the invasion validated his theories. Most of the passages follow soldiers as they march passed the death and destruction caused by the Luftwaffe. The book includes extensive first hand accounts, but they are not put into tactical or operational context to draw lessons for the miliary professional. In other words, the effects of blitzkreig doctrine are illustrated through the words of soldiers as they describe passing the thousands of dead people and animals. How these effects were achieved is left to the reader to piece together. The decision making and the diplomatic intrigue prior to the invasion is interesting but still restricted to narrative.

This book is best suited for those who need an introductory and narrative history of the campaign in Poland. For those looking for insight into the evolution of blitzkrieg, tactical lessons, and deeper analysis, look elsewhere.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Blitzkrieg Unleashed 23. Januar 2009
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While there is much to like about Mr. Hargreaves account of the Polish Campaign which is taken primarily from the German point of view there are several deficiencies with this book that make it difficult for me to recommend it. The maps do not complement the text very well particularly as one tries to understand the movements of the opposing sides. The book fails to include an order of battle or any information about the Red Army's invasion of eastern Poland. Hargreaves writes well and draws upon a number of primary sources to illustrate his text which follows in a logical pattern but it left much out such as the Luftwaffe's or Kreigsmarine's respective roles in the campaign.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Tremendously Good Read! 19. Dezember 2008
Von Gilberto Villahermosa - Veröffentlicht auf
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Richard Hargreaves' "Blitzkrieg Unleashed" is an extremely well researched and written history of Nazi Germany's 1939 invasion of Poland. Although the author admits to being unable to fully exploit Polish primary sources, he nonetheless does an admirable job of incorporating the memoirs of Polish soldiers and civilians, including children, that witnessed the war.

This book shatters the myth of a German lightning campaign against Poland. Indeed, Hargreaves shows, using German sources, that the Wehrmacht's World War II Landser was not up to the standards of his WWI forefathers. And the book, in a sense, is a tribute to the Polish soldier and nation of 1939.

Hargreaves does not shy away from difficult subjects and he proves convincingly that both the German and Polish armies were guilty of committing atrocities against civilians and enemy soldiers alike.

This book is recommended for those interested in gaining new insights into German-Polish relations during the interwar period and the 1939 war that started World War II in Europe.
4.0 von 5 Sternen How the East was won- first stage 21. November 2013
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It is honest presentation of the first main operation of the second world war. It is somewhat lacking on details but it gives a good outline of the events.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 21. Juli 2014
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thank you
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