ISBN: 0711028540 / ISBN-13: 9780711028548
The new Spearhead series is designed to look at the cutting edge of war, dealing with units capable of operating completely independently in the ... Show synopsis The new Spearhead series is designed to look at the cutting edge of war, dealing with units capable of operating completely independently in the forefront of battle. Each volume in the series examines the chosen unit's origins and history, its organisation and order of battle, its battle history theatre by theatre, its insignia and its markings. Also covered are biographies of the most important commanders of each unit. Each title ends with an assessment of unit effectiveness - as seen by the unit itself, by its opponents and the light of more recent historical research. The books also include a detailed reference section with a critical bibliography, a listing of relevant museums and web sites, information about re-enactment groups and memorials. Formed in 1939 as a motorised infantry regiment, Grossdeutschland ended World War 2 as a panzer corps having fought in France and the Balkans and, from 1941, as an elite unit exclusively on the Eastern Front - at first under Guderian's 2nd Panzer Army and latterly, combined with the Brandenburg Division, defending East Prussia as the Panzer Corps Grossdeutschland. Its key battles include the great encircling operations in the early days of Operation Barbarossa, the final thrust to Moscow as part of Operation Typhoon, Kharkov and Kursk. Grossdeutschland was one of the most important units in the German order of battle and was involved in some of the fiercest fighting of World War 2. Along with Spearhead 1: 21st Panzer Division, it makes an ideal subject to launch Ian Allan Publishing's new Spearhead series.