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The Combat History of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 507, In Action in the East and West with the Tiger I and Tiger II

The Combat History of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 507, In Action in the East and West with the Tiger I and Tiger II
Autor: Helmut Schneider
Data publikacji: 2003-02-00
ISBN: 9780921991755
Wydawca: Fedorowicz (J.J.)
Język: angielski
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 223
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Hard cover, large format (9"x12") 223 pages with 11 pages of color illustrations, one page of color photographs and more than 150 additional illustrations and period photographs (including all of the photographs contained in the original German-language edition of the book as well as images obtained from a variety of other sources).

Schwere Panzer-Abteilung 507 was formed in late 1943. In early 1944, it was sent to the Eastern Front, where it successfully participated in a number of defensive efforts as a mobile "fire brigade." In early 1945, it was sent to Paderborn for reconstitution. There it was being refitted with the Tiger II , when it was hastily attached to SS-Panzer-Brigade "Westfalen" for the defense of the Paderborn area. Equipped with a wide variety of fighting vehicles, including the Jagdpanther and the Jagdtiger , it successfully engaged American forces of the 3rd Armored Division southwest of Paderborn, before it was pulled further back to the east. One of the few combat losses of US general officers during World War II — Major General Rose, the commanding general of the 3rd Armored Division — was in an engagement with the battalion.

After losing the remainder of its tanks to combat activity or their forced transfer to SS forces, the battalion moved to Czechoslovakia, where it was again issued combat vehicles, including the Hetzer tank destroyer, where it spent the final days of the war trying to surrender to Western Allies. In the end, the battalion was handed over to Russian forces, where many of its members spent long years in Russian captivity.

This account of the battalion was written primarily by former members of the unit and features almost all first-hand accounts. In addition, numerous appendices amplifying much of the material have been provided. These include an extensive chronology of the battalion and additional background material on the "parent" formation of schwere Panzer-Abteilung 507 —Panzer-Regiment 4 — including the late-war history of elements of the regiment in both Hungary and Italy. 

 

At present this is one of the trio of Tiger Tank battalion books published by JJ Fedorowicz and covers the formation of the 507 Heavy Tank Battalion .
This unit which was formed relatively late in the war in October 1943 from a cadre of the 4th Panzer regiment, went on to fight on both the Eastern and Western fronts where they employed both the Tiger 1 and King Tiger.
It receieved its baptisim of fire at Tarnopol and Brody in March 1944 and was involved in heavy fighting during Operation Bagration where it gave a good account of itself.
Finally the battalion was ground down and in February 1945 after months of heavy fighting it was sent back to Germany to reconstitute and train on the King Tiger.
Partially re equipped with the tanks (only the 3rd Company was fully equipped with 15 King Tigers) the unit went straight into action from its training facility at Paderborn against elements of the US Army.
Incorporated into SS Panzer Brigade Westfalen, which was tasked with the defense of the southern flank of Paderborn,leading elements of the US 3rd Armoured division (Taskforce Welborn)were ambushed and suffered very heavy casualties while the 507 was unscathed.
After this action the 507 would never again fight as a unit and it degenerated into individual actions until its last tanks were destroyed and the unit went into American captivity before being handed over to the Soviets.
Printed on fine glossy paper for excellent photo reproduction the book is packed with first hand accounts from the units veterans, some great colour plates of the units tanks, and various oranigrams of the units makeup, there are even a number of colour photos of the units men.
Told from the members point of view (some in diary entrys) makes for fascinating reading and at a little over 220 pages is very readable.
As with any JJF offering there are ample photos of the men and machines of this unit in great detailin both full page and half page.
It also provides a brief look into the fortunes of Germany in the last days of the war where even an experienced combat unit such as the 507 could not be fully equipped with king Tigers, but had on its combat roll a number of Jagdpanthers, Hetzers, and SturmTigers
This is a great book written by the units veterans and is highly recommended.

 



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