The Panzer Killers: The Untold Story of a Fighting General and His Spearhead Tank Division’s Charge Into the Third Reich

Dutton. May 2021. 432p. ISBN 9780593183717. $29. HIST
In his latest work, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Bolger (history, North Carolina State Univ.; Our Year of War) describes the push toward and across the Rhine by the U.S. Army 3rd Armored Division between August 7, 1944, and March 30, 1945. The book’s hero is division commander Major General Maurice Rose, who, in the judgment of his superiors, was an outstanding tank commander. Rose has received little attention in postwar discussions of the Rhine campaign: he was an intensely private man and was killed before the campaign was over, shot by the German tank commander who captured him riding ahead of his column. Bolger excels at the details of battle, and his assessments of Rose’s superiors are decidedly unbuttoned. The most scathing are his discussions of Senior Officers Omar Bradley and Courtney Hodges. Although readers won’t gain much insight into Rose’s life by the end of this book, which ends in midstream with his death, it’s still an exciting story well told. Eight pages are allocated to the future progress of the war and details of Rose’s interment.
VERDICT Enthusiasts of military history will love this book and they should for its fine details.
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