By Erhard Raus

Drawing from post-war reviews commissioned by way of U.S. military intelligence, global battle II historian Steven H. Newton has translated, compiled, and edited the conflict bills of 1 of Germany's best panzer commanders and a talented tactician of tank war. all through many of the warfare, Erhard Raus used to be a hugely revered box commander within the German-Soviet struggle at the jap entrance, and after the struggle he wrote an insightful research of German process in that campaign.The Raus memoir covers the Russian crusade from the 1st day of the battle to his aid from command at Hitler's order within the spring of 1945. It contains a certain exam of the sixth Panzer Division's force to Leningrad, Raus's personal studies within the Soviet iciness counteroffensive round Moscow, the unsuccessful try to relieve Stalingrad, and the ultimate determined battles within Germany on the finish of the struggle. His battlefield adventure and prepared tactical eye make his memoir specially important for students, and his narrative is as readable as Heinz Guderian's celebrated Panzer Leader.

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The Soviet commander had skillfully chosen his ambush site: It was immediately adjacent to our line of march, at a point where all of his weapons would be able to dominate our flank. The location allowed him to place his snipers in the fruit trees, offered full protection against early discovery, made a quick envelopment difficult, and enabled his forces to withdraw from the attack unobserved. The plan to have his snipers concentrate on eliminating our officers was especially clever. The commander and his numerically weak unit could take pride in the success of the ambush.

These snipers remained in their hiding places even after the main body of the enemy withdrew, looking for worthwhile victims—primarily officers. Some of these men held to their positions even after our panzers stopped directly beneath their trees and began to fire into the fringes of the forest. As long as the snipers fired during the height of the battle, they remained unnoticed, and it was not until they continued firing after the noise had died away that we discovered them and brought them down with machine-gun fire.

The long-barrel flak gun approached to within 2,000 meters of the beast, a range from which satisfactory results should be guaranteed. Unfortunately, some burned-out trucks, earlier victims of the monster tank, still lay at the side of the road, obstructing the gun crew's line of sight. On the other hand, these smoking wrecks offered camouflage behind which the gun could be maneuvered closer to the target. Having been prepared with numerous tree branches fastened to its exterior, the gun was manhandled cautiously forward, in order not to warn the stationary tank.

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