The Panzer Lehr Division, a German armoured division during World War II, was one of the most Elite units in the entire German Wehrmacht Heer. It was formed in 1943 from various units of elite training and demonstration troops stationed in Germany, to provide additional armoured strength for resisting the anticipated Allied invasion of western Europe. Its great weakness was that it concentrated the cream of Germany's tank commanders and instructors in a single unit. Due to its elite status it was lavishly equipped in comparison to the ordinary Panzer divisions, though on several occasions it fought almost to destruction, in particular during Operation Cobra. For the first time in English, this book follows the division from Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge to the end of the war, showing how Germans fought Americans at St. Loand Bastogne. Written in Kurowski's trademark'you-are-there' style, this includes numerous firsthand accounts based on interviews with veterans.
Franz Kurowski served as a reporter in the German army during World War II and has since written over one hundred books, including Panzer Aces, Panzer Aces II, and Luftwaffe Aces.