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Germany's lightning war : Panzer divisions of World War II
McGowen, Tom.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Twenty-First Century Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations, color maps ; 27 cm.
Discusses the development and actions of German tank units in World War II, covering specific battles and the changes that tanks brought to warfare in general.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.2 2.0 28955.
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D796 .M34 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
D796 .M34 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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World War II navy veteran and award-winning author Tom McGowen fills the need for books about the famous fighting forces of the world, the spectacular battles they fought and their lasting effects on history.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Straightforward, simple presentations of two fascinating facets of military history. The first book begins with a chapter on tank warfare at the end of World War I, and then focuses on Germany's panzer tank divisions in World War II. The second title tells the story of Britain's attempts to-well, sink the Bismarck. Both volumes include two or more black-and-white photographs or reproductions per chapter and three color maps. The writing is often a bit limp, but easy to follow. Unfortunately, without source notes readers have only McGowen's word that after World War I the older British Army officers "scoffed at the idea" of tanks being used as main weapons, and are left to wonder if Churchill actually did exclaim to navy commanders, "You must sink the Bismarck!" Still, the books should inspire youngsters to pursue their interest in the subject and find other, better titles such as Donald Knox's Death March: The Survivors of Bataan (Harcourt, 1983) or Stephen Ambrose's Citizen Soldiers (S & S, 1997). Libraries owning Robert Ballard's Exploring the Bismarck (Scholastic, 1991) may not need another book on the topic.-Herman Sutter, Saint Pius X High School, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.