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1-914135 various VAE VICTIS #135 Game: Bautzen 1945

In mid-April 1945 the 2nd Polish Army, left wing of the 1st Ukraine Front, broke the German lines and occupied Bautzen. Then, the Polish commander, Karol Swierczewski, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War, decided to keep advancing further south, with the capital of Saxony, Dresden, as their objective. Judging the Germans defeated, the Southern flank was left relatively unguarded. Army Group Centre, however, still had some fight left launching a last offensive against the flank of the Polish-Soviet forces, in the hope of helping Berlin-it was truly the last panzer offensive of the war.
Although the counteroffensive failed to stop the Soviet advance or relieve Berlin, the Germans inflicted a sound tactical defeat to the 2nd Polish Army (more than 20,000 casualties), recovering Bautzen and holding it until the end of the war. Bautzen 1945 is a simulation of that momentous offensive, using an evolution of the Ebre 38 system published in Vae Victis 61 with daily turns.

Game scales:
brigades and regiments
1 day per turn, 1.5 km/hex
Complexity: 6
Solitaire playability: 8


Articles Include:
* Operation Mercury (MMP) vs Saipan (Compass Games)
* Napoleon's Quagmire (OSG)
* Russia Falling (Paper Wars)
* Tunisia (MMP)
* Premieres Gloires (VaeVictis)
* Time of Crisis (GMT)
* Hold the Line (PSC Games)
* Quartermaster General 1914 (PSC Games)
* In the Trenches (Tiny Battle Publishing)
* Travel Battles (Perry Brothers)

Jeux figurines:
* Ou en est AdG ?
* Les Guerres d'Italie avec AdG
* Iron Cross WW2 (Great Escape Games)
* La Prise de Tunis 1535
* La Revolte des Taipings
* L'Actualite Battle Front/Flames of War
* Le Weathering1 vol, 84 pgs 2017 FRANCE, CERIGO EDITIONS
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1-190688 BLACK POWDER: A Clash of Eagles Supplement for Black Powder rules covers Napoleon's disastrous campaign in Russia in 1812.1 vol, 144 pgs 2017 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-975057 Rottmann, Gordon 057 US GRENADE LAUNCHERS: M79, M203, and M320 In an effort to provide the US infantryman with more firepower to cover the range gap between the hand grenade and the light mortar, the 40mm M79 grenade launcher -- a shoulder-fired, single-shot weapon -- entered service with US forces in 1961.

Reliable, easy to use, and lethally effective, the M79 soon became an iconic symbol of the Vietnam War and had a profound influence on small-unit tactics. As the Vietnam conflict continued, it was joined on the front line by experimental models such as the magazine-fed T148E1, as well as two launchers intended to be fitted under the barrel of the new M16 assault rifle: Colt's XM148 and AAI Corporation's M203.

The M203 remains in US Army service today, while the US Marine Corps now also fields the M32 multiple grenade launcher - like the M79, a standalone weapon. Featuring full-color artwork, this is the story of the rugged and formidable grenade launchers that equipped the United States and its allies in Vietnam and beyond from the 1960s to the present day.1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-978081 Dildy, Doug 081 SEA HARRIER FRS 1 vs MIRAGE III/DAGGER: South Atlantic 1982 Following Argentina's military operation to take possession of the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government launched a major naval operation to return them to British rule. Defending the Royal Navy task force were two small squadrons totaling 20 Sea Harriers (SHARs).

Initial clashes between SHARs and Argentine Mirages and Daggers on 1 May 1982 failed to eliminate the Sea Harrier defenders. FAA fighter-bomber pilots relied on daring and courageous ultra-low level attacks, frequently escaping the Sea Harrier's limited capabilities, against Royal Navy warships and auxiliaries, causing considerable damage during Operation Corporate, the large-scale amphibious operation to repossess the islands.1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-978080 Zaloga, Steven 080 PERSHING vs TIGER: Germany 1945 During the final battles on World War II's Western Front, the legendary German Tiger I heavy tank clashed with the brand-new M26 Pershing fielded by the United States. The Tiger I had earned a formidable reputation by the end of 1944, although its non-sloped armor and poor mobility meant it was being superseded by the Tiger II or 'King Tiger'. While the Tiger I had been in the front lines since 1942, the US Pershing first entered combat in late February 1945, and more than 20 Pershings would see action before war's end.

This book examines the dramatic Tiger/Pershing duel at Elsdorf in Germany, and also assesses the clashes between German armour and the sole 'Super Pershing' deployed to Europe. Featuring full-colour artwork, carefully chosen photographs and specially commissioned maps, this is the story of the first US heavy tanks in combat with the fearsome Tiger I during the last months of World War II in Europe.1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-993135 Toperczer, Istvan 135 MiG-21 ACES OF THE VIETNAM WAR Having learned their trade on the subsonic MiG-17, pilots of the Vietnamese People's Air Force (VPAF) received their first examples of the legendary MiG-21 supersonic fighter in 1966. Soon thrown into combat over North Vietnam, the guided-missile equipped MiG-21 proved a deadly opponent for the US Air Force, US Navy and US Marine Corps crews striking at targets deep in communist territory.

Although the communist pilots initially struggled to come to terms with the fighter's air-search radar and weapons systems, the ceaseless cycle of combat operations quickly honed their skills. Indeed, by the time the last US aircraft (a B-52) was claimed by the VPAF on 28 December 1972, no fewer than 13 pilots had become aces flying the MiG-21.

Fully illustrated with wartime photographs and detailed color artwork plates, and including enthralling combat reports, this book examines the many variants of the MiG-21 that fought in the conflict, the schemes they wore, and the pilots that flew them.1 vol, 96 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995250 Donnell, Clayton 250 MAGINOT LINE GUN TURRETS: And French Gun Turret Development 1880-1940 The Maginot Line was one of the most advanced networks of fortifications in history. Built in the aftermath of World War I, and stretching along the French eastern border from Belgium to Switzerland, it was designed to prevent German troops from ever setting foot on French soil again.

Its primary defensive weapons were the gun turrets. Beginning development in the 1870s and improving on German designs, they were constructed out of steel wedges and could revolve and disappear from sight after firing, making them impervious to enemy bombardment. They were deadly accurate and created havoc on the German units that attacked the line during their invasion of France in 1940.

This fully illustrated study will examine the technical details of the French artillery turrets. It will show the evolution of the design of the guns and turrets used in the French forts before and during World War I, then those built exclusively for the Maginot Line to give a comprehensive overview of the weapons designed to protect France from invasion.1 vol, 48 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996312 Herder, Brian Lane 312 OPERATION TORCH 1942: The Invasion of French North Africa Following US entry into WWII, the US adopted a Europe First strategy. The first joint US-British operation was an amphibious invasion of French North Africa, designed to relieve pressure on their new Soviet allies, eliminate the threat of the French navy joining the Germans, and to shore up the vulnerability of British imperial possessions and trade routes through the Mediterranean.

Operation Torch was the largest and most complex amphibious invasion of its time. In November 1942, three landings took place simultaneously across the French North African coast in an ambitious attempt to trap and annihilate the Axis' North African armies between the invading forces under General Eisenhower and British Field-Marshall Montgomery's Eighth Army in Egypt. Includes full color artwork, maps, and contemporary photographs.1 vol, 96 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996313 Stille, Mark 313 THE PHILIPPINE SEA 1944: The Last Great Carrier Battle After suffering devastating losses in the huge naval battles at Midway and the Soloman Islands, the Imperial Japanese navy attempted to counter-attack against the US forces threatening the Home Islands. Involving the US Fifth Fleet and the Japanese Mobile Fleet, the battle of the Philippine Sea took place during the United States' amphibious invasion of the Mariana Islands during the Pacific War.

The two fleets clashed on 19-20 June 1944 and the Japanese carrier fighters were shot down in devastating numbers by US aircraft in what became known as the 'Great Marianas Turkey Shoot,' before US counterattacks and submarine strikes forced the withdrawal of the Japanese fleet. Fully illustrated with stunning specially commissioned artwork, this tells the enthralling story of the last, and largest, carrier battle of the Pacific War, the one that saw the end of the Imperial Japanese Navy as a formed fighting force.1 vol, 96 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-999513 de Groot, Bouko 513 DUTCH ARMIES OF THE 80 YEARS' WAR 1568-1648 (2): Cavalry, Artillery & Engineers The Dutch War of Independence (also known as the 80 Years' War) was a major challenge to Spanish dominance. The Dutch army created by Maurice of Nassau used innovative new tactics and training to take the fight to Spain and in so doing created a model that would be followed by European armies for generations to come.

The second in a two-part series on the Dutch armies of the 80 Years' War focuses on the cavalry, artillery, and engineers of the evolving armies created by Maurice of Nassau. Using specially commissioned artwork and photographs of historical artifacts, it shows how the Dutch cavalry arm, artillery, and conduct of siege warfare contributed to the long struggle against the might of the Spanish Empire.1 vol, 48 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-214980 Smith, David WHISPERS ACROSS THE ATLANTICK: General William Howe and the American Revolution General William Howe was the commander-in-chief of the British forces during the early campaigns of the American Revolution. He was an enigma, who appeared on multiple occasions to be on the verge of winning the war for Britain, only to repeatedly fail to deliver the final blow.

Howe evoked passionate reactions in the people he worked with; his men loved him, his second-in-command detested him, his enemies feared him, and his political masters despaired of him. There was even a plot to murder him, in which British officers as well as Americans were implicated.

This book will be the first major work on this inscrutable British general in more than 40 years. Previously largely ignored by historians due to a lack of primary source documents, the author's recent archival discoveries and ground-breaking research means that there are fascinating new insights to be told about Howe's performance during the American Revolution.

Howe's story includes intrigue, romance, and betrayal, played out on the battlefields of North America and concluding in a courtroom at the House of Commons, where Howe defended his decisions with his reputation and possibly his life. The inquiry, complete with witness testimonies and savage debate between the bitterly divided factions of the British Parliament, forms the framework for the book, giving it the flavor of a courtroom drama rather than a standard military narrative history. As Howe struggles to clear his name, the titanic forces at work during the birth of the United States of America rage around him.1 vol, 304 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-215000 Jastrzembski, Frank VALENTINE BAKER'S HEROIC STAND AT TASHKESSEN 1877: A Tarnished British Soldier's Glorious Victory History has best remembered Valentine Baker for his embarrassments. In 1875, he was accused of sexual assault and dismissed from the British Army. In 1884, he suffered an embarrassing defeat at the Battle of El Teb. But what about Baker's positive achievements?

The most underappreciated event that took place in his controversial life came during the Russo-Turkish War in 1877. The exiled Baker, in command of 3,000 Ottoman soldiers, was dispatched to the village of Tashkessen to stall 25,000 advancing Russian soldiers. Through his superb leadership and brilliant disposition of his troops, Baker was able to score a victory.

The Spartan stand of Baker and his command has gained little recognition. Despite this modern obscurity, Baker's performance at Tashkessen was applauded by his contemporaries as a model of tactical leadership and heroism. This is the exhilarating tale of how Valentine Baker was able to find redemption at Tashkessen.1 vol, 200 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-SS10222 Doyle, David P-38 LIGHTNING: In Action Traces the development and combat history of the twin-engine, twin-boom, Lockheed P-38 Lightning from the first flight of the XP-38 in January 1939 through a succession of models, ending with the electronic-laden, two-seat P-38M.

Created on the drawing boards of two of America's most notable aircraft designers - Hall Hibbard and Clarence 'Kelly' Johnson - the P-38 Lightning was the only US pursuit plane to remain in continuous production throughout WWII. In the Southwestern Pacific, the P-38 served as the U.S.Army Air Force's primary long-range fighter prior to the arrival of the P-51D Mustang. Top American air aces and Medal-of-Honor winners Richard Bong and Thomas McGuire both flew Lightnings, and it was a P-38 that brought down Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's plane in April 1943.

The Lightning saw service in Europe too, and it was after flying a P-38 to assess the progress of the Normandy Invasion in 1944, that US Lt. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle referred to the Lightning as 'the sweetest-flying plane in the sky'. Illustrated with more than 150 period photographs, a third of them rare original color photos, plus color profiles and detailed line drawings. 1 vol, 88 pgs 2017 US, SQUADRON/SIGNAL
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1-SS10246 Doyle, David A-1 SKYRAIDER: In Action Originally designated AD and later A-1, the 1944-designed Skyraider was conceived and bought by the US Navy as a carrier-borne attack aircraft, and saw combat as such in Korea and Vietnam. During the latter of those conflicts, the US Air Force obtained and used Navy-surplus Skyraiders, as did the South Vietnamese air force. Other nations continued to fly the venerable Skyraider into the 1980s.

Known alternately as the 'flying dump truck,' a testament to its payload capacity; and 'SPAD,' an homage to its massive radial engine and anachronistic propeller in an age of jet aircraft, the rugged Skyraider endeared itself to both air and ground crews.

Retrace the history of the famous Douglas Skyraider through this all-new 80-page book, packed with detailed line drawings, color profiles, and over 180 vintage photographs, more than 30 of them in vintage color.1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 US, SQUADRON/SIGNAL
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1-SS10249 Doyle, David UJ-1 HUEY: In Action The versatile UH-1 Huey helicopter remains in service with the US military and allied nations today. Bell's development of the UH-1 Iroquois began in 1952. The aircraft became iconic during its involvement in the Vietnam War. It was originally designated the HU-1, which lead to the now-familiar Huey name.

Originally conceived as a medical evacuation and utility helicopter for the Army, the helicopter was adopted for use by all branches of the US military. Its roles evolved to include use as an aerial gunship as well firefighting duties. Chronicles the use of 15 different versions of the Huey from its prototype through the current use of the UH-1Y Venom, a versatile helicopter in the global war on terror. The book is illustrated with more than 220 photos, 160 of which are vintage color, and supplemented by numerous line illustrations.1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 US, SQUADRON/SIGNAL
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1-SS10250 Mackay DH.98 MOSQUITO: In Action Known as the 'Wooden Wonder,' the De Havilland Mosquito was constructed almost entirely of wood and, when it entered production in 1941, was one of the fastest aircraft in the world. The Mosquito made its debut in its first widespread role as a fast, high-altitude photo reconnaissance (PR) aircraft, a job it continued to perform until the end of WWII. American General 'Hap' Arnold requested and received a number of Mosquitos for use by the US Army Air Forces.

Meanwhile, the versatility of the Mosquito led the Light Night Strike Force (LNSF) to begin employing the wooden craft alongside heavy bombers for raids over the Reich. Mosquitos dropped 4,000-pound 'Cookie' bombs in lightning raids inside the German homeland, in a de-facto pay back for the German Blitz, and Mosquito Fighter Bombers (FB) carried out strikes on German security points and U-Boats.

In addition to operations over Nazi-occupied Europe. Meanwhile, British RAF and Australian RAAF crews took the multi-role Mosquito into combat against the Japanese in the South East Asian theatre. Get an up-close but comprehensive look at the De Havilland Mosquito with this new title, illustrated with more than 180 photographs, two dozen of them in color, plus a table, color profiles, and detailed line drawings.1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 US, SQUADRON/SIGNAL
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1-214970 Anderson, Thomas PANTHER This new study draws upon original German archival material to tell the story of the birth of the Panther in response to the Soviet tanks encountered in 1941 and then analyzes its success on the battlefield -- and the many modifications and variants that also came into play. Illustrated throughout with rare photographs and drawings, many of which have never been published in English before, this is a unique history of one of the most famous tanks of World War II. 1 vol, 288 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-SS12058 Doyle, David U.S. HALF-TRACK VEHICLES: In Action US manufacturers produced more than 40,000 halftracks from 1933 until 1944. These mostly-armored vehicles moved artillery and infantry on rough terrain, snow, and sand during World War II and Korea. Based on an adaptation of the White Scout Car, the US half-track vehicles of WWII combined the cross-country ability of a fully-tracked vehicle with the road performance of a medium truck. Variations of these vehicles included prime movers, armored personnel carriers, mortar carriers and a wide range of heavily armed variants.

Vehicles produced by Autocar, Diamond T, and White were used by US forces, while similar International Harvester-built vehicles were supplied to our Allies through Lend-Lease. Both the Army and Marines took them into battle. They left their mark in Africa, Europe, Pacific islands and Korea.

When the US entered Vietnam, French halftracks were already in country. Before retirement, the Israeli Army listed about 600 halftracks in March 2008. Argentina donated its final 24 M9s to Bolivia in 2006. Illustrated with more than 200 photos, two color profiles, and 12 line drawings.1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 US, SQUADRON/SIGNAL
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1-214950 Buttar, Paul THE SPLINTERED EMPIRES: The Eastern Front - 1917-21 Fourth of four books in this splendid series covering WWI east front operations, mostly at division and corp level.

At the beginning of 1917, the three empires fighting on the Eastern Front were reaching their breaking points, but none was closer than Russia. After the February Revolution, Russia's ability to wage war faltered and her last desperate gamble, the Kerensky Offensive, saw the final collapse of her army. This helped trigger the Bolshevik Revolution and a crippling peace, but the Central Powers had no opportunity to exploit their gains and, a year later, both the German and Austro-Hungarian empires surrendered and disintegrated.

Concluding his acclaimed series on the Eastern Front in World War I, Prit Buttar comprehensively details not only these climactic events, but also the 'successor wars' that raged long after the armistice of 1918. New states rose from the ashes of empire and war raged as German forces sought to keep them under the aegis of the Fatherland. These unresolved tensions between the former Great Powers and the new states would ultimately lead to the rise of Hitler and a new, terrible world war only two decades later.1 vol, 480 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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2-212250 Buttar, Prit RUSSIA'S LAST GASP: The Eastern Front 1916-17 Looks at one of the bloodiest campaigns launched in the history of warfare -- the Brusilov Offensive, sometimes known as the June Advance. The assault was intended to ease the pressure on Russia's British and French allies by diverting German troops from the Western Front and knocking Austria-Hungary out of the war.

Russia's dismal military performance in the preceding years was forgotten, as the Brusilov Offensive was quickly characterized by innovative tactics, including the use of shock troops, a strategy that German armies would later adapt to great effect.

Drawing on first-hand accounts and detailed archival research this is a dramatic retelling of the final years of the war on the Eastern Front, in which the Russian Army claimed military success but at a terrible cost. 1 vol, 472 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-214960 Jefferson, Sam THE SEA DEVIL: The Adventures of Count Felix von Luckner, the Last Raider Under Sail In 1916, a tall ship named Hero sailed under Norwegian colors out of the Elbe river in Germany. Loaded with cargo and ostensibly bound for Australia, she was in reality a German raider: the Seeadler, commanded by German aristocrat Count Felix von Luckner. She was tasked with destroying as many British merchant vessels as possible.

Telling the story from the viewpoint of the utterly foxed and infuriated British Admiralty trying to capture this mysterious raider, The Sea Devil follows von Luckner's extraordinary activities. He destroyed fourteen ships, but in the most 'gentlemanly' fashion. Only one man died in the process: his modus operandi was swashbuckling adventure interspersed with champagne. As the Admiralty's fastest cruisers closed in on him, Von Luckner sped towards Cape Horn, the most dangerous stretch of water on the planet.1 vol, 256 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-214990 Rogers, David BULLETS, BOMBS AND POISON GAS: Supplying the Troops on the Western Front 1914-1918, Documentary Sources Soldiers in the trenches were issued with four bullets a day unless they were either snipers or manned a machine gun. This does not seem like a lot of bullets. However, four bullets a day is 28 per week. Therefore a million soldiers need 28 million bullets per week. Of course there were a lot more than a million troops at the Western Front, and despite soldiers with other than front-line duties, the number of bullets required was considerable!

Supplying the troops was further complicated by the need to ensure that the many and varied shells were available for the howitzers, mortars, and other artillery. Furthermore, there was a need for essential supplies of a whole manner of other materials, including rations for the troops and food for the horses. Aircraft and tanks also started to make an appearance on the battlefield at this time, requiring even more supplies. Indeed there is one account of a horse drawn cart carrying aircraft fuel to the aeroplanes.

The static nature of battle led to the use of a narrow gauge railway network and a roll on-roll off ferry port in Kent to speed deliveries along. Unfortunately, not all of the traffic was towards the trenches. Sadly there were many casualties who needed to return to the hospitals either in the field or back in Britain. The returning trains performed this vital function. Servicing this supply chain was a complex business, leading to some interesting issues. 1 vol, 304 pgs 2017 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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2-195971 Hamilton, Stephan THE ODER FRONT 1945: Volume 1 - Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici, Heeresgruppe Weichsel and Germany's Final Defense in the East, 20 March-4 May 1945 Oversized at 8.75 x 12 inches with 100 b/w photos and documents, 21 b/w maps, and 64 pages of color maps (maps are scanned WWII originals).

Germany's final battle began when Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici took command of Heeresgruppe Weichsel (Army Group Vistula) on 20 March 1945, just before the massive Soviet offensive intended to capture Berlin was launched on 16 April. Heinrici, not Hitler, decided that there was only one strategic course left for Germany -- hold the Soviets back along the Oder Front long enough to entice the Western Allies across the Elbe River.

Heinrici knew two things: the war was lost and what remained of Germany was destined for postwar Soviet occupation. His intent was that a protracted defense along the Oder Front would force General Eisenhower to order the Western Allies into the postwar Soviet Zone of Occupation outlined in the Top Secret Allied Plan known as 'Eclipse', thereby sparing millions of Germans in the east the dismal fate of Soviet vengeance everyone knew was at hand.

Berlin, Heinrici ordered, would not be defended. The capital of Germany would not become another 'Stalingrad' as Heinrici told his subordinates. A decision by OKW on 23 April to defend Berlin in a final decisive battle forced Heinrici into direct conflict with his superiors over the conduct of operations along the Oder Front -- a conflict that undermined his capability to defend against the Soviets and ultimately cost Heinrici his command.

Describes the planning and execution of the defense of the Oder Front, reconstructing it day-by-day using previously unpublished personal diaries, postwar interviews, Heeresgruppe Weichsel's war diary, and daily command phone logs. Operations of the 3.Panzer Armee, 9.Armee, 12.Armee, and 21.Armee are covered in detail, with their unit movements depicted on over 60 wartime operational maps. The narrative is supported by an extensive selection of appendices, including translations of postwar narratives relating to Heeresgruppe Weichsel penned by senior German officers, biographical notes on notable officers of the Heeresgruppe, and highly detailed orders of battles.1 vol, 394 pgs 2017 UK, HELION and COMPANY
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2-195972 Hamilton, Stephan THE ODER FRONT 1945: Volume 2: Documents, Reports & Personal Accounts Oversized at 8.75 x 12 inches, with four b/w photos and documents and 38 b/w maps.

Heeresgruppe Weichsel (Vistula) was created on the order of Adolf Hitler in part to 'organize the national defense on German soil.' Relying on primary documents from Heeresgruppe Weichsel and Oberkommando des Heeres that are reprinted in their entirety along with summary translations, this new volume examines why the command came into existence, what was its priority compared to that of other commands in the East, and how that translated into men and material support for its combat divisions. Specific attention is given to the daily operational deployments of the Heeresgruppe divisions and how they were reconstructed after the brutal combat in Pomerania.

The differences between Himmler and Heinrici's command styles are examined and questions are raised about what, if anything, Himmler contributed to Germany's final defense. Hitler's operational goals are also revealed for the first time through his daily guidance issued to the East Front field commands during the last month of war. Surprisingly, Heeresgruppe Weichsel and Berlin's defense were not among his top priorities.

Operations of the 3rd Panzer Armee are presented through the perspective of its three senior officers. The previously unpublished wartime diary of General der Infanterie Martin Gareis and the postwar interviews of Generaloberst Hasso-Eccard Freiherr von Manteuffel, and Generalmajor Burkhart Mueller-Hillebrand provide detail on the situation of the Armee through the end of the war and offer insights into key military and political personalities of the Third Reich. 1 vol, 584 pgs 2017 UK, HELION and COMPANY
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