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: Ghost Division: The 11th "Gespenster" Panzer Division and the German Armored Force in World War II
: A. Harding Ganz
: Stackpole Books
ASIN: B01K5XQGAO
: 2016
: 416
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: epub
: 10.0 MB

The 11. Panzer-Division was activated by an Oberkommando des Heeres (OKH, Army High Command) order of 17 July 1940. Organized around the 11. Sch?tzenbrigade (mot) (motorized 11. Rifle Brigade), the unit was combined with Panzer-Regiment 15 by an OKH order of 6 September 1940. It adopted the symbol of a sword-wielding specter on a half-track, and identification as the Gespenster (Ghost) Division. Nine more panzer divisions were formed in the months that followed, doubling the number of panzer divisions in the German Wehrmacht to twenty.

This buildup reflected the decisive role the German Panzerwaffe (armored force) had played in the Polish campaign in 1939 and the campaigns in the West in 1940 - the offensives that introduced the phrase Blitzkrieg, or lightning war. The Gespenster-Division would fight in Yugoslavia in 1941, in Russia in 1941-44, and in the West in 1944-45. Its operations would exemplify the role the Panzerwaffe played in World War II and influence future developments in armored warfare. At the same time, the unit would uphold the traditional principles of honor and chivalry in warfare, and earn the respect of its opponents.

Ghost Division: The 11th "Gespenster" Panzer Division and the German Armored Force in World War II












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