Panzer Battles, Author: F.W. von Mellenthin
Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 12, 1985)
Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
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Panzer Battles, A Study of the Employment of Armor in the Second World War – By F.W. Von Mellenthin.
The book follows FW Von Mellenthin’s experiences from the beginning of the war, from Ic-Intelligence officer to the General Chief of Staff in Poland, France, the Balkans and in Greece.
Mellenthin’s transfer to Africa as the Third General Staff Officer (Ic-Intel) to Rommel from 1941 June to 1942 September, at this time he was to have had been diagnosed with battle stress, but in actuality contracted amoebic dysentery, thus relieving him for approximately one month back home for recovery. By November of 1942 he was transfered to the Eastern Front until May of 1944. From May until August, General Hermann Balck was promoted to commanding 4. Panzerarmee in Ukraine, and South-East Poland.
In September of 1944, transfer (or the luck of “promotion”) to Eastern France with his commander Hermann Balck, who was now promoted to commanding Heeresgruppe G. From September 1944 to December 1944 both men operated in France, during the month of December, Mellenthin and a large number of Staff Officers were relieved due to an unauthorized retreat, during this same month, General Heinz Guderian had him reinstated as a Staff Officer, 28 December to February 1945. During that year as Ic to the 9th Panzer Division, he had the opportunity of participating in the Battle of the Bulge.
Between March and May of 1945 he was chief of staff to General Manteuffels’ Fifth Panzer Armee. Comprised of piecemeal units defending the Ruhr against American and British Forces, Mellenthin was captured by the British at Hoxter, on the Weser River 3 May, 1945.