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Sturmartillerie – Spearhead of the Infantry

by Thomas Anderson

Reviewed by Brett Green

Summary

Title:

Osprey Publishing
Sturmartillerie – Spearhead of the Infantry
by Thomas Anderson

ISBN:

978 1 4728 1128 8

Media and Contents:

Hard Cover; 288 pages.

Price:

GBP£26.99 plus shipping available online from Osprey Publishing's website

Review Type:

First Read

Advantages:

Focuses on more than just the vehicles; readable text supported by many usefully captioned photos and diagrams.

Disadvantages:

 

Recommendation:

If you are interested in more than just the vehicles, Thomas Anderson’s “Sturmartillerie – Spearhead of the Infantry” is an interesting read that will help place the Sturmgeschutz into its historical, tactical and organizational context..

 

FirstRead

Historian Thomas Anderson needs no introduction to WWII German military aficionados. His latest book, published by Osprey Publishing, is an exhaustive study of the development and operational history of the German Sturmartillerie.

“Sturmartillerie – Spearhead of the Infantry” comprises 288 pages between its hard covers.

 

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The book is divided logically into seven Chapters:

1.         The Birth of the Sturmartillerie

2.         Sturmartillerie: Creation and Organisation

3.         Assault in France

4.         The Balkans and Barbarossa

5.         To the Gates of Stalingrad

6.         Stalingrad and Beyond

7.         Sturmgeschutz: Questioning the Concept

There have been plenty of excellent books that have covered the technical and production details of the Sturmgeschutz, but Mr Anderson focuses on the broader field – as he himself describes it, the epic story of the Sturmartillerie – supported by personal first-hand research and interviews with assault artillery veterans over the years.

The story is told very effectively, with insights into the effectiveness of the theory, the development of tactics and the organization of the Sturmartillerie, and ultimately with an analysis of the entire concept.

The thoroughly readable text is supported throughout with large and well reproduced wartime black and white photos, plus relevant charts and illustrations.

If you are interested in more than just the vehicles, Thomas Anderson’s “Sturmartillerie – Spearhead of the Infantry” is an interesting read that will help place the Sturmgeschutz into its historical, tactical and organizational context.

Highly Recommended

Thanks to Osprey Publishing for the sample www.ospreypublishing.com


 

Text and Images by Brett Green
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