Panzers on the Eastern Front

Panzers on the Eastern Front

General Erhard Raus and His Panzer Divisions in Russia, 1941-1945

eBook - 2002
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Casemate Publishing
General Erhard Raus was one of the German Army's finest panzer generals and a leading exponent of blitzkrieg in the east. German panzers were witnesses to the incredible onslaught that was the first few months of Barbarossa, then the gradual strengthening of Russian resistance, counterattack and, ultimately, the long and drawn-out German retreat. Raus and his panzers were tested in every conceivable tactical situation and, inevitably, Raus became highly versed in all aspects of mobilized warfare.

This account by Erhard Raus, edited by leading Eastern Front expert Peter G. Tsouras, concentrates on German efforts to relieve Stalingrad. Raus, as commander of 6th Panzer Division, was in the thick of this bitter action, urging his panzers forward in a massive effort to break the Soviet stranglehold. These journals were originally written to brief the US Army at the height of the Cold War.

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This book presents an account by General Erhard Raus, commander of the 6th Panzer Division during the invasion of Russia in WWII. It was originally written by Raus as intelligence information provided to the US Army during the Cold War. An introductory chapter gives background on Raus and on editor Tsouras's rediscovery of the manuscript in 1971. The book's first-person combat narratives tell the stories of specific military operations, from the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1943 through the defense of Kharkov in August 1943. Each combat narrative is followed by Raus's summary of tactical lessons. The book is illustrated with b&w historical charcoal drawings from the Army Art Collection of the US Army Center of Military History and from the author's collection. The book also includes many b&w maps and a few b&w historical photos. Tsouras was affiliated with the US Army National Ground Intelligence Center. The book is distributed in North America by Casemate. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: London : Greenhill ; Mechanicsburg, Pa. : Stackpole Books, 2002
ISBN: 9781783031641
Characteristics: 1 online resource (253 pages, [16] pages of plates) : illustrations, maps
Additional Contributors: Tsouras, Peter


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