Jump to content
Aragorn2002

Book recommendation: Panzerkrieg volume 1 by Jason D. Mark

Recommended Posts

Posted (edited)

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.

Edited by Aragorn2002

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On ‎4‎/‎16‎/‎2018 at 4:53 PM, 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've ordered (direct from LeapingHorseman.com ) all of Jason Marks books; a total of 10-12. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

If you have any interest in this subject matter (and why else would you be here?), you'll enjoy the Leaping Horseman products.

They are well worth the price.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you're interested in the eastern front, I can recommend "The Forgotten Soldier" (originally in French: Le soldat oublié) by Guy Sajer. I've read the german translation and for me this is one of the most impressive eye-witness-accounts of WWII (at least of those I've read so far). As for all accounts of personal war experiences, don't expect a proper account of the campaign and its chronology. But I was impressed by his description of how surreal and weird his battle experiences felt and more generally of the horrors and chaos of war.

Sajer on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Sajer

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 4/12/2018 at 8:07 AM, Aragorn2002 said:

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.

Hey, did you ever play this?

It uses the excellent Stalingrad Mod pack for CMRT and is a marvelous campaign...maybe not a full module, but pretty darn good.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×