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The instinctive fighting technique you use… is Panzer Kunst.
The German 34th Panzer Division.
Thank you very much Panzer and you too.
Apart from the few motorised and Panzer Divisions, ninety percent of the German Army was
not a blitzkrieg army.
Panzer group Popov, a powerful advanced compound
front, simply ceased to exist.
Although the operation is successful, some German units, including the Panzer Lehr division, manage to escape destruction.
The German armed forces consisted of 7.5 million people,
the Wehrmacht had 299 divisions(including 33 Panzer and 13 motorized) and 31 crew.
If Hitler had allowed the Panzer divisions to continue their pursuit,
the Germans could have captured significantly more British troops.
In fact, far from it being a dedicated Panzer spearhead arm,
less than 15 percent of the Luftwaffe was designed for close support of the army in 1939.
But it was too late, Panzer group Popov was completely defeated, and the 6th army
was in a desperate situation, large parts of it were cut off and surrounded.
In fact, far from it being a specialist Panzer spearhead arm,
less than 15 percent of the Luftwaffe was intended for close support of the army in 1939.
Armour commitment consisted of Panzer Battalion 88,
a force built around three companies of Panzer I tanks that functioned as a training cadre for Nationalists.
The German command transferred 14 divisions here(including three Panzer and one motorized division from the Miskolc region),
which, relying on a pre-prepared defense system, stopped the further advance of the Soviet troops.
wrote,"Whilst Western accounts of the September campaign have stressed the shock value of the Panzer and Stuka attacks,
they have tended to underestimate the punishing effect of German artillery on Polish units.
Attacking through Poland, Army Group Center initiated the first of several large battles of encirclement when the 2nd and
3rd Panzer Armies drove around 540,000 Soviets.
As German troops surged across the frontier,
they were quickly able to break through the Soviet lines as large Panzer formations led the advance with infantry following behind.
In three weeks of fighting, the Soviet high command suffered horrendous losses, was virtually destroyed the 6th and 69th Soviet army,
3rd Panzer army and Panzer group Popov.
Panzer forces were dispersed among the three German concentrations
with little emphasis on independent use, being used to create or destroy close pockets of Polish forces and seize operational-depth terrain in support of the largely un-motorized infantry which followed.
There is considerable justice in Matthew Cooper's assertion that the Panzer divisions were not given the kind
of strategic mission that was to characterize authentic armoured blitzkrieg, and were almost always closely subordinated to the various mass infantry armies.”.