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Here we will discuss our first Bunker book that David Garden and myself are writing "Diaries of a Panzer soldier" The book centres on my uncle who served with Panzer Rgt 39 on the Eastern Front.He kept very detailed Diaries and many photographs of his time on the Eastern front including when his Regiment tried to break though to the encircled troops at Stalingrad. Don't worry he never fought against the British.

 

We have written a basic rough draft which we will approach publishers with after Christmas.Unfortunately as the diaries are all in German it is proving quite time consuming but we will keep you up to date here and you will be the first to know of developments.That's my uncle Eric on my Avatar.

 

Here is Eric with his Panzer IV

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:D Hi everyone,

 

I'm David Garden who Kenny mentioned in writing the book. The diaries are proving to be very interesting but we could do with help on the background of 17 Panzer Division, 39 Panzer regiment in particular or any other unit of the division.

Also if anyone can give information or sources on Operation "Winter Storm" the attempted relief of Stalingrad this would be very useful too.

If we use your input we will credit you in the book .

 

Regards,

 

Dave :rolleyes:

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Hi Dave,

 

You are in luck that Glasgow has 2 experts on the field!

 

Strathclyde Uni has a professor and I can pull his details be he works with Waffen (non SS) Units and non-Army Units on the Russian Front. Here at Glasgow Uni there is Evan Mawdsley who is probably THE world expert on the Russian Front (mainly Russian side though). He put out an excellent book 1 year ago on the subject.

 

I have access to the Glasgow Uni War Studies Library and can take a peek at the items there if I find time, we have an excellent collection of Russian front items. Else you can try to contact Evan directly:

http://www.gla.ac.uk/departments/history/s...ley/#d.en.59090

Feel free to use my name as he was my MLitt advisor and knows me.

 

-Greg Sheridan

 

:D Hi everyone,

 

I'm David Garden who Kenny mentioned in writing the book. The diaries are proving to be very interesting but we could do with help on the background of 17 Panzer Division, 39 Panzer regiment in particular or any other unit of the division.

Also if anyone can give information or sources on Operation "Winter Storm" the attempted relief of Stalingrad this would be very useful too.

If we use your input we will credit you in the book .

 

Regards,

 

Dave :rolleyes:

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:D

 

Hi Greg,

 

Thanks for your very interesting reply.

 

1) I will e-mail Prof. Evan directly, unless you would rather speak to him first.

 

2) Can you get the name and contact details of the Strathclyde prof? Although the units were Heer, he may have information we can use. I am also very interested in the Leibstandarte (LSSAH) so I would be interested to talk to him.

 

3) Is it possible for me to join the GU War Studies library? I am a graduate of Edinburgh University (long,long time ago). Otherwise can you do research for us?

 

Look forward to hearing from you.

 

Regards,

 

Dave :)

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David,

 

1. Prof. Evan Mawdsley may be rather busy and tends to be horrid at replying to people so do not be put off if you do not get anything from him. As stated, he tends to focus on the soviets so it may be the wrong side of the lines for you. However his book is considered leading in the field and so ids he.

 

2. Dr. Ben Sheppard is at GCal, not Strath... my mistake their. You can mention me again, he might remember me as we spoke several times during my studies at the GU War Studies programme. His details are at:

http://www.gcal.ac.uk/history/staff/ben-shepherd.html

He is porbably your man to speak to as he specifically deals with the German side of the Eastern Front and spent a few years digging through German and Soviet Archives on the subject. He likes Wehrmacht Scurity Forces in rear areas and Partisan conflict through the region but probably is up on Panzer units as well.

 

3. For access to the GU War Studies library you need membership/access to the GU Library. You can shell out the £60 with proof of your Edinburgh degree to gain access: http://www.lib.gla.ac.uk/lending/specialreader.shtml

Or if you can point me in the right direction I can pop in and take a look (I am GU staff and the library is the building next to me).

You can search for items from:

http://eleanor.lib.gla.ac.uk/search

 

cheers

-Greg

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:D:D:D

 

Thanks very much again for your help Greg.

 

I will try to get in touch with both the gentlemen you have mentioned and take a look at the War studies library.

 

Dave.

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:huh:

 

Greg,

 

went for a cup of tea and pressed the wrong button, should have added that if you have time please have a peek in the library for anything about 17 Panzer Division, 39 panzer regiment, or operation winter storm the attempted relief of the Stalingrad Pocket.

 

Thanks again,

 

Dave :rolleyes:

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Cheers G ,

 

I'm not sure if Dave has seen that.He's in France at the moment but he returns on the 17th ,that's the date we are sending the forward to the publishers .Hope it is Lucky sending a book about the 17th on the 17th! I'm sure Dave will comment on that information when he returns. :)

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Thanks, Graeme, I'll try and source that book. Information on the attempted break through to Stalingrad is hard to come by possibly due to the chaos caused by the Russian attacks on the Stalingrad flanks.

 

Dave :rolleyes:

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Kenny can you post some more of your Uncle's photos and documents on the Forum again? The stuff on the old Forum caused a lot of interest.

 

Dave :rolleyes:

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Here is a studio portrait of Eric, it is a little water damaged however I recently received an excellent version of this photo unfortunately not had a chance to scan it yet.

 

Eric was the radio operator and forward machine gunner of his Panzer IV in the 39th Panzer Rgt, 17th Panzer Division.He served with them from the beginning of The Invasion of Russia until he was captured by the Soviets in 1945.

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Here is my uncles friend and officer in 39th Panzer Rgt. Hauptman Werner Pietch winner of the Knights Cross and German Cross in Gold.Werner won these awards in actions Eric was involved in.Eric also attended his award ceremony's.

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Hey guys, how is the book comming along, any luck with publishers? If not I can suggest a few US ones that might bite.

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Hi Greg,

 

funny you should mention this , we are in fact in negotiation with a publisher at this very moment.

 

Don't want to say too much at the moment in case it falls through but think we may have some positive news in the very near future

 

will keep you posted :)

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Looking good Kenny! Congratulations onit finally coming through and so near completion!

 

No doubt we'll see you at City Centre book signings at Waterstones as the book becomes an international best seller, movie rights are bought and you and Dave become more famous than JK Rowling.. here's hoping! ;)

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