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PANZERGRENADIER DIVISIONS, 1939-1945 (The Essential Vehicle Identification Guide) [Hardcover]

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Illustrated with detailed artworks of Wehrmacht vehicles and their markings with exhaustive captions and specifications, The Essential Vehicle Identification Guide: Panzergrenadier Divisions, 1939-45 is the definitive study of the equipment and organization of Germany's motorized army divisions during World War II.

Organized chronologically by division and formation date, the book describes in depth the various models of tank and other armored and soft vehicles in service with each panzergrenadier division, with listings of unit commanders, vehicle types and numbers and unit structure. Each divisional section is further broken down by campaign, accompanied by orders of battle, a brief divisional history of the campaign and any specific unit markings. Every motorized division is featured, including the elite Grossdeutschland and Fallschirmjager Herman Goring divisions.

With information boxes accompanying the full-color artworks, all drawn to the same scale for easy comparison, The Essential Vehicle Identification Guide: Panzergrenadier Divisions, 1939-45 is a key reference guide for modelers and military history enthusiasts with an interest in the motorized divisions of the Wehrmacht.


"...useful in providing a clear history of every unit in one place... beautiful introduction to the motorized divisions... a nice "big picture" type of overview, useful to those looking beyond individual units or specific battles. ...a valuable addition to any armor library" Internet Modeler, 10/07

"... a worthy addition to anyone's library along with Mr. Bishop's Companion volume The Essential Tank Identification Guide: Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions 1939-45 ."Armchair General 02/2008

"highly recommended and could stand as a basic overall reference book on the Panzergrenadier Divisions"IPMS, 10/07

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Item Specifications...

Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.6" Width: 7.6" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Amber
ISBN  1905704291  
ISBN13  9781905704293  

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More About Chris Bishop

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Chris Bishop is the author of German Panzers of World War II, The Rise of Hitler's Third Reich, SS: Hitler's Foreign Divisions, The Essential Tank Identification Guide: Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions, 1939-45, The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide: Luftwaffe Squadrons, 1939-45 and The Essential Submarine Identification Guide: Kriegsmarine U-Boats, 1939-45. Chris Bishop lives in England.

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PanzerGrenadier Divisions, 1939-1945  Aug 15, 2008
I have a lot of books on WWII and I am particularly interested in German Panzer and Panzergrenadier divisions of the period. This is one of the best books I have bought. Gives a good review of each PanzerGrenadier division, where it fought and its components. Although lacking in pictures, it has many symbols of the various vehicles with which each of these divisions were equipped with. I thouroughly enjoy it.
Panzergrenadier Divisions  Jun 19, 2008
Great cover of the Divisions set up and lay out all though the War, good
pictures and Drawings
A Great Reference  Jun 3, 2008
This book is a good one on the topic. It gives a history of each Panzergrenadier Division. It has so many color plates of panzers and armored cars. It will be an asset for my model building. I wish there was a sister book on Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions.
Panzergrenadiers divisions 1939 - 1945  Jan 18, 2008
Good book with the history of the units that have the same importance that the panzer divisions
Chris Bishop is NO Professional in the field  Nov 26, 2007
Here were some of the errors I detected:

Generic 1: all the AFV drawings have camouflage which bear no relation to those of the Divisions they once belonged, nor do yhey have the proper identifications.

Generic-2: the organization diagrams were frequently wrong or incomplete or portrayed on an inappropriate page.

Generic-3: the text seldom informs the OUTSTANDING German battle performance under very harsh conditions. They always only seems to suffer heavy casualties!!!

Page 21: (5th line): "southwestwards" must be "southeastwards".
Page 21: the photograph is of a PzKw IV of 13th Panzer Division entering the first mountains in the Caucasus west of Maikop medio August 42.
Page 21: On 12th January 1943 it destroyed with the 29rd ID mot over 100 Soviet tanks and repulsed 12 attacking divisions on a single day!
Page 23: All German motorised AND panzergrenadier divisions had 2 mech./motorised regiments and 1 artillery regiment. The div.organ. picture is wrong since the division never had a "103"rd regiment (source: S. Mitcham). Divisional units were numberered: 3 or 103.
Page 25: Unit designation to PzJg IV is from 10th Panzergrenadier Division: so Unit Designation must be: 3rd Pz.Gren.Div./ Pz.Jäger Kompanie 2 (?).
Page 32: "Guderian's divisions took Tula" is wrong because Guderian never took the city of Tula. Must be "Guderian's divisions attacked Tula".
Page 34: 10th Motorised remained in AG Centre. So it is more appropriate to describe its defensive battles than explaining Fall Blau on this page.
Page 43: The 13th (see Photo op page 21!) took Maikop with the Brandenburgers on the 9th of August 1942, later helping 3rd and 23rd Panzer Divisions in the drive towards Tblisisi. In the winter 42/43 it retreated into the Kuban bridgehead.
Page 47: Zhukov launched in December 1942 a massive offensive, called "Operation Mars" around the Rzhev Bulge with 4 attack Armies to pin down German forces which otherwise could have been send to the hard pressed AG South. This cost the Soviets huge (over 400.000 men) and the Germans moderate losses of 40.000 (source: D.Glantz). Involved on the German side: GD ID (mot) resisting the 22th Army and the 14th ID (mot) resisting the 39th Army.
Page 59: The GD division employed 198 Panthers type "D" (without a bow machine gun and old style "Tiger I like" cuppola) in 2 regiments. So the Drawing of the Panther on this page is quite inappropriate!!! Important: NO Panthers were present at Prochorovka.
Page 61: Glantz and others state losses around Kursk for the Germans between 5 and 18 July 1943 with 59.000 and the Soviets with 235.000.
Tanks and assault guns which were lost and could not repaired were: about 350 for the Germans and 1600 for the Soviets (= 50% of total losses).
After Kursk the Soviets launched a non-stop offensive in the Ukraine were losses on both sides were far much higher than at Kursk!!!
Page 68: Title: "Führer-Begleit Division" must be "Führer-Begleit Brigade" and page 70: Title: "Führer-Begleit Brigade" must be "Führer-Begleit Division"
Page 71: Last alinea: "to resist Pattons drive towards Bastogne the FGB was given a company of the last Elephant Tigers coming from the Italian front".
Page 74&75: Oberst "Fullreide" must be "Fullriede". He was also the famous commander of the heroic defense of Kolberg in 1945.
Page 77: Was this Wurfrahmen SdKfz in Italy there or were there the towed common Nebelwerfers??? The Wurfrahmen on SdKfz 251 appeared from medio 1944 onwards!!
Page 88: Many authors regarded the 116 "Windhund" Panzer Division as an elite unit.
Page 93: "Dugerdorf" (heights) was badly spelled and must be "Duderhof" (heights)
Page 98: Wehrmacht OR Heer not both: there is NO such Wehrmacht Heeres (and in this combination not known in German spelling too).
Page 107: When reconstructed it lost its 13th Infantry Regiment.
Page 118: 29th Panzergrenadier had most long barrelled PzKw IV's of al German Divisions on the Eastern Front and according many sources COULD have stopped the southern Soviet encircling attack in November 1942 but after smashing the Soviet first attack echelons, withdrawed towards Stalingrad. On 12th January 1943 it destroyed with the 3rd ID mot over 100 Soviet tanks and repulsed 12 attacking divisions on a single day!
Page 127: The photograph of a German grenadier (from the German Magazine "Signal") has been made in 1944 and should ont be placed in 1940.
Page 132: No 300.000 Axis Soldiers were trapped in Stalingrad (these were about 220.000 Germans, 10.000 Rumanians and Croats and 22.000 Hiwi's).
Better is to state that about 250.000 Axis and Soviet allied soldiers were trapped near and in Stalingrad. Average strength of the 22 trapped German Divisions at 18 nov. 1942 was about 8.500 men and 250 men for each of the 100 odd attached battalions. After rescuing by air the wounded and the specialists 180.000 remained behind of which 20.000 died in the defense of the pocket, 20.000 of exhaustion and malnutrition. 107.000 surrendered, leaving back 33.000 wounded and the dying, which were unable to enter captivity.
Page 140: "El Adam" must be "El Adem".
Page 144: The Divisional organization portrays 3 pz.gren regiments in 1943??? That must be only 2 regiments: 200th and 361th. The Division did have 3 regiments in North Africa, so the Diagram must have the title: "....november 1942" and "90th AFRIKA Division". The 361th regiment was raised as a special "dessert warfare regiment at teh end of 1940 and contained many members of the French Foreign legion.
Page 150: I doubt it that there were 17-pdr AT's (first appearance in Normandy '44) were at Medenine. This must be corrected in the new 6-pdr AT guns.
Page 150: There were NO Tiger I's at Medenine. According to Wolfgang Schneider the Tigers of 501 (20) and 504 (11) never went farther south than the Maknassy Pass.
Page 161: (2nd line): "Jaeger" must be "Jäger".

Rob Veenenberg


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