In action in the East. West and North Africa, 1939-1943.
By J Restayn and N Moller.
The 10 Panzer Division presents the history of the unit through concise text, hundreds of photographs, several maps and numerous colour illustrations. The book presents the first English-language account of this division which was formed shortly before the outbreak of World War 2.
The division fought in Poland, France and in the opening stages of the campaign in Russia. In mid-1942, it was pulled out of the line, reconstituted and reorganized in France and sent to North Africa. Although the division spent just six months in the desert, it fought both the British and Americans. It gave the ‘green’ American Army a bloody nose in some of its first encounters against the Germans, including the legendary battle at Kasserine Pass, before their defeat in Tunis in May 1943. Despite successes, it was never reconstituted.
The Authors have brought the unit to life with over 450 black and white photographs that chronicle the division from its formation to its demise. Hundreds of unpublished photographs from veterans are mated with combat photography from French and German archives. In addition to the pictorial coverage, the reader is treated to a concise account of the division’s history, maps of all of its major campaigns, numerous tables of tank inventories and order of battle along with 34-pages of full-colour illustrations, including two pages of colour photographs.
Jean Restayn has illustrated virtually all of the combat vehicles and artillery pieces of the division, as well as most of the armoured personnel carriers, armoured cars and soft-skinned vehicles. In addition, there are numerous renderings of some of the armoured vehicles the division encountered.