Stephen Ambrose in his excellent Introduction says "Without question, this is the authoritative work on the German Army from 1939 to 1945". Exactly. This reprint of a restricted 1945 War Department Publication is packed with so much information in its 635 pages that it is hard to briefly describe: organization, tactics, fortifications, weapons, equipment, all superbly organized and illustrated, and with an added index. There is a color section of uniforms and insignia - all the land mines and how to deactivate them - full descriptions of airplanes, tanks, and vehicles - ananysis of the SS organization - the recruitment, training, and pay of the soldier - his psychology. A glossary of military terms and abbreviations. There is even a color chart of medal ribbons! If there is one book which is essential for WWII buffs, military history writers and readers, collectors, and modellers, this is it. Most highly recommended.
This is the ultimate guide to German forces in the Second World War. Although produced late in the war, it covers the old type of infantry division. I thought that was a nice touch. This book teaches us not only about Germans, but what their contemporary counterparts were thinking. Want to crawl around indide the heads of American Intelligence Officers from another era? This is the book.