Armored unit |
The German unique unit. (Replaces Tank)
Quick - Regular - Epic - Marathon
|Upgrades to||Modern armor|
A German Unique Unit, it has a Penalty attacking Cities, no defensive bonuses, limited visibility, but can move after attacking. It replaces the weaker Tank.
At the beginning of WW2, the German invasion of France marked the introduction of new tactics and battlefield strategy that revolutionized the modern warfront. The Germans lacked in army size and compensated with mechanized army divisions that were arguably the most powerful in Europe. German tanks were often seen as the best tanks of the 2nd world war, but were also hindered by mechanical failures and poor maintenence. This fact is often attributed by historians to have been the disadvantage that caused the decisive Russian victory during the German invasion of Eastern Europe (Operation Barborossa), in addition to weather conditions, the brutality of Josef Stalin and the fact that the Russians had much more combat experience on their own turf. The German tanks were generally heavier, thicker armor plates with slightly smaller guns in comparsion to their Soviet counterparts. The PzKfw Ausf. E Tiger, or the Tiger I, was the most feared monstrosity on the battlefield. It was able to defeat most, if not all, of the mass-produced Soviet tanks of the war. Unfortunately, Tiger 1 production was heavily resource hungry and gravely taxed the German war machine. Tigers were built in limited number and were outmatched for the most part by smaller and cheaper, but albeit nevertheless effective, Russian tanks. The German Army benefited from military geniuses like Heinz Guderian, Panzer Corps commander and one of the architects of the blitzkrieg, or lightning-assault, doctrine of concentrated tank warfare. In France, this doctrine was astonishingly successful, as massed armies of tanks blew apart the French tanks with superiority in weaponry and armor that rapidly dispersed the French infantry, which had no chance against the massed German attacks. Towards the end of the war, due to Allied bombing, slow production, lack of supplies and poor choice in economical designs of tanks all led to an unsuprising German defeat at the hands of the Allies and the Red Army.
Civilopedia Entry for HistoryEdit
At the start of World War II, the German Panzer tanks were not markedly superior to their French or Russian counterparts- quite the opposite, in fact. The German "Panzers" were inferior in firepower and in armor. What the Germans did have, was military geniuses like Heinz Guderian, Panzer Corps commander and one of the architects of the blitzkrieg, or lightning-assault doctrine of concentrated tank warfare. In France, this doctrine was astonishingly successful, as massed armies of tanks blew apart the French tanks, which, though superior in weaponry and armor, were dispersed among the French infantry and had no chance against the massed German firepower. The German panzers had equal success early in the war against the Soviet Union, until the USSR figured out how to create and organize their own tank armies.
- The word "panzer" is German for "armour" or "tank".
- The Panzer unit of this game is modeled off of the Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf. H.