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Book recommendation: Panzerkrieg volume 1 by Jason D. Mark

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At the moment I'm reading Panzerkrieg volume 1 German Armoured Operations at Stalingrad by Jason D. Mark, published by Leaping Horseman Books. As all books by this publisher it is very, very good. This volume concentrates on the Panzerabteilungen 103, 129 and 160 during the 1942 summer campaign and the following struggle for Stalingrad. Lots of excellent new pictures and lots of thorough, well researched info. Highly recommended. Volume 2 is in the works and will concentrate on the 16. PzD.

I really hope we will get a Stalingrad module for CM one day. It is such a fascinating period of the war.

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I am guilty of sitting on my copy of the book and waiting for a rainy day.  His work is always very detailed and a joy to read.

Yes a Stalingrad module release would make my decade.

Oh look - it's raining.

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Thanks for the recommendation. Seems a little hard to find though. It's not available on Amazon at the moment.

If Battlefront makes another East Front game I wish they would skip 1943 and go straight for '42 instead, when the panzers were still grey and you had the most critical battles of the war, like Stalingrad and the battles leading up to it like Kharkov.

I was playing Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets earlier and it made me want a CM game for that. :D

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56 minutes ago, Bozowans said:

Thanks for the recommendation. Seems a little hard to find though. It's not available on Amazon at the moment.

If Battlefront makes another East Front game I wish they would skip 1943 and go straight for '42 instead, when the panzers were still grey and you had the most critical battles of the war, like Stalingrad and the battles leading up to it like Kharkov.

I was playing Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets earlier and it made me want a CM game for that. :D

You're welcome. I would recommend ordering it directly at https://www.leapinghorseman.com/

It ain't cheap, but it is worth every penny and by ordering it directly we can support the author as much as possible. His books on Stalingrad are second to none and his research is unmatched.

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Yeah that's pricey but I'm very tempted to bite the bullet and get it. Has anyone here read any of the other books on there? That book "Turning Point" looking at Stalingrad from the Russian perspective looks interesting.

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36 minutes ago, Bozowans said:

Yeah that's pricey but I'm very tempted to bite the bullet and get it. Has anyone here read any of the other books on there? That book "Turning Point" looking at Stalingrad from the Russian perspective looks interesting.

I have Into Oblivion. Haven’t gotten very far through it, but a good read nevertheless.  

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1 hour ago, Bozowans said:

Yeah that's pricey but I'm very tempted to bite the bullet and get it. Has anyone here read any of the other books on there? That book "Turning Point" looking at Stalingrad from the Russian perspective looks interesting.

Besieged is a good book, quite gripping.

I am about halfway through Death of the Leaping Horsemen which is also good and half way through Iron Cross Brigade (was a little bit slow to start but now also good). My only feedback of these books is that they do not feature an overview map to trace the units movement across Eastern Europe (whereas Panzerkreig and Into Oblivion do). Do not get me wrong, there are plenty of maps in these two books.

I also have Panzerkreig, Into Oblivion and Objective Ponryi but haven't read any of them yet.

All are hardbound (DotLH has a dust cover) and I haven't seen any deterioration in the spine yet.

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Jasons books are second to none. I just got my copy of the reprinted and highly sought after Island of Fire. Stackpole books are reprinting and for 49.95 US, its a steal. Dont miss this opertunity to get your hands on it. 

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In my post above, I am mistaken, the Iron Cross Brigade book does have an overview map inside the front cover. Its just a little bit difficult to read.

In the Appendices to this book are the diary entries of Gerhard Henrich, 9 June 1941 to a garbled ending around October 1941. It features details of the rail/road journey and descriptions of battles at the southwestern end of the Kiev Fortified Region supporting the 44th Infantry Division. I created a map of this diary in Google. Here is a link if anyone is interested: Map

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20 hours ago, Fizou said:

Jasons books are second to none. I just got my copy of the reprinted and highly sought after Island of Fire. Stackpole books are reprinting and for 49.95 US, its a steal. Dont miss this opertunity to get your hands on it. 

I only see pre-orders is this available now?

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2 hours ago, Hardradi said:

I only see pre-orders is this available now?

Thanks for the link! 

I got my copy a couple days ago, from Swedish book retailer Bokus for 40 US. But indeed, most retailers stil only list it as preorder. 

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