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PANZER CREWMAN 1939-45

INTRODUCTION
CHRONOLOGY
RECRUITMENT
The SS-Verfügungstruppe
Geographical recruitment
Panzer Division Grossdeutschland
Panzer Division Feldherrnhalle
Fallschirmpanzer Division Hermann Göring
Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler
TRAINING
Specialist training
APPEARANCE
Parade dress
Service dress
Special Panzer clothing
Working dress
Camouflage dress
Uniforms of non-army Panzer units
Luftwaffe
Waffen-SS
ACTIVE SERVICE
Pay
Ranks
The Panzer crew
MOTIVATION AND MORALE
Camaraderie and unit pride
Cuff bands
The Panzer Assault Badge
Unit composition
DIVISIONAL ORGANISATION AND TACTICAL DEPLOYMENT
Ernst Barkmann at 'Barkmann Corner'
Michael Wittmann at Villers Bocage
Escaping a stricken Panzer
The T-34 and other opponents
No mercy for Panzer crews
War draws to a close
Collecting
GLOSSARY
COLOUR PLATE COMMENTARY
PLATE A: PANZER CREWMAN, PRIOR TO THE OUTBREAK OF WAR, C. 1939
PLATE B: DRIVER AND GUNNERY TRAINING
PLATE C: PANZERKAMPFWAGEN PZKPFW III ADVANCING AT SPEED ACROSS THE RUSSIAN STEPPE, SUMMER 1941
PLATE D: PANZERWAFFE BLITZKRIEG TACTICS, NORTH AFRICA, C. 1942
PLATE E: TANK MAINTENANCE
PLATE F: PANZERKAMPFWAGEN PZKPFWV PANTHER RE-STOCKS WITH AMMUNITION, NORMANDY, SUMMER 1944
PLATE G: FELDWEBEL, OF PANZER REGIMENT GROSSDEUTSCHLAND, C. 1944
PLATE H: PANTHERS UNDER ALLIED AIR AND ARTILLERY FIRE, 1945

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