Achtung Panzer theorizes the innovative thinking of the Blitzkrieg, the blitzkrieg made possible by the tank-aircraft tandem, which is based on the surprise effect, the speed of the maneuver and the brutality of the assault. It is an illustrated manual of concrete cases and lessons learned from the First World War and the interwar period.
Published at the dawn of the Second World War, Heinz Guderian's book sets out the advantages of using tanks and armored vehicles in mobile warfare, establishing a doctrine for use by synthesizing the work of many thinkers, for many foreigners. The author delivers the best way, according to him, to break through enemy lines and overcome resistance.
But who knows that this book, often presented – rightly or wrongly – as a kind of tactical and doctrinal “bible”, actually results from an order imposed on Guderian by his superior, General Oswald Lutz? And who knows the real reasons for its publication and the context in which it was written? Few or no French-speaking readers, who had been waiting for a French version since the publication of the original in Stuttgart in 1937!
More than eighty years after its publication, it will soon be done.
We are putting an end to the translation of the 212 pages of Achtung Panzer that we will be able to offer you in February 2021. Established from the original version, our translation will be embellished with an introduction recalling the career of Heinz Guderian and the general framework in which he wrote this book. The book will be massively illustrated with photos organized in notebooks, as well as maps.