The 'Grossdeutschland' Division in World War II

The German Army's premier combat unit

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The 'Grossdeutschland' Division in World War II

The German Army's premier combat unit

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Investigates the history and evolving appearance of the 'Grossdeutschland' Division, the German Army's premier combat unit during World War II.

Featuring eight pages of original artwork and carefully chosen photographs depicting personalities, uniforms, insignia and personal equipment, this is the absorbing story of the German Army's elite 'fire brigade' during 1939–45. The unit began its life as an elite guard detachment; expanded to regimental size in 1939, it saw action in France in 1940 and Yugoslavia in 1941 before participating in the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union.

Reinforced to divisional status, 'Grossdeutschland' fought on the Eastern Front in 1942–44, notably at Rzhev in late 1942 and Kharkov in early 1943. Refitted and redesignated a Panzergrenadier-Division, 'Grossdeutschland' played a key role in the battle of Kursk in July 1943, before acting as the Wehrmacht's 'fire brigade' in 1943–44.

In late 1944, 'Grossdeutschland' was expanded to Panzerkorps status, with Panzergrenadier-Division 'Brandenburg' also taking the field. Further units joined the order of battle, the Führerbegleit-Brigade fighting in the Ardennes in 1944–45 before also being redesignated a division. All of these campaigns are covered in this book, which charts the evolving appearance of this elite formation over nearly six years of brutal warfare.

Table of Contents

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Introduction
Blitzkrieg 1939–40
Barbarossa 1941
Fall Blau 1942
Zitadelle 1943
In Retreat 1944–45
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

Product details

Published 15 Feb 2024
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781472855923
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 8 colour artwork plates; black & white and colour photographs and illustrations.
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Elite
Short code ELI 255
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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