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Heinz Guderian

Data de nascimento: 17. Junho 1888
Data de falecimento: 14. Maio 1954

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Heinz Wilhelm Guderian foi teórico militar e inovador general do Exército Alemão durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial. As forças panzer germânicas cresceram e lutaram de acordo com suas teorias, a mais conhecida delas publicada no livro "Achtung - Panzer"!. Ocupou os postos de "comandante dos Corpos Panzer", "Comandante do Exército Panzer", "Inspetor Geral das Tropas Blindadas" e "Chefe do Estado Maior do Exército". Ele foi promovido a "General das Tropas Panzer" em julho de 1940 e depois a "Coronel General".

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„There are no desperate situations, there are only desperate people.“

— Heinz Guderian
As quoted in Die Deutschen gepanzerten Truppen bis 1945 (1965) by Oskar Munzel

„To imitate the ostrich in political matters has never been a satisfactory method of avoiding danger; yet this is what Hitler, as well as his more important political, economic and even military advisers, chose to do over and over again.“

— Heinz Guderian
Context: To imitate the ostrich in political matters has never been a satisfactory method of avoiding danger; yet this is what Hitler, as well as his more important political, economic and even military advisers, chose to do over and over again. The consequences of this deliberate blindness in the face of hard facts were devastating; and it was we who now had to bear them. On the failure of Hitler and his advisors to face realities of various situations, especially those of the military on the Eastern Front, in Panzer Leader (1952), Ch. 6 : The Campaign in Russia, p. 190

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„It's simply our duty to save these people, and we still have time to remove them! But it's useless to sacrifice men in this senseless way. It's high time! We must evacuate those soldiers at once!“

— Heinz Guderian
Arguing with Adolf Hitler about the German army being cut off in the Courland Pocket; as quoted in Inside the Third Reich : Memoirs (1971) by Albert Speer, p. 534

„Boot 'em, don't spatter 'em!“

— Heinz Guderian
As quoted in How Great Generals Win (1993) by Bevin Alexander, p. 227; this statement became a stock phrase which Hitler often repeated. It is comparable to the adage "Don't do things by half."

„You hit somebody with your fist and not with your fingers spread.“

— Heinz Guderian
As quoted in Die Deutschen gepanzerten Truppen bis 1945 (1965) by Oskar Munzel, p. 209; this indicated the need to concentrate tank forces for one strong push in one direction and not distribute them over a large area.

„Logistics is the ball and chain of armored warfare.“

— Heinz Guderian
As quoted in Sword Point (1988) by Harold Coyle, p. 141

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„When the situation is obscure, attack.“

— Heinz Guderian
As quoted in Waging Business Warfare (1988) David J. Rogers, p. 236

„Ticket to the last station.“

— Heinz Guderian
Shouted to his Panzertroops as they were passing him, indicating that they should go as far as they could; as quoted in Panzerkrieg : The Rise and Fall of Hitler's Tank Divisions (2002) by Peter McCarthy and Mike Syron, p. 83

„We have severely underestimated the Russians, the extent of the country and the treachery of the climate. This is the revenge of reality.“

— Heinz Guderian
Letter to his wife (9 November 1941) on the German failures in Operation Barbarossa and the battles of the Eastern Front, quoted in Images of Kursk : History's Greatest Tank Battle, July 1943 (2002) by Nikolas Cornish, p. 6; also in The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War (2009) by Andrew Roberts, p. 409

„If the tanks succeed, then victory follows.“

— Heinz Guderian
As quoted in Panzerkrieg : The Rise and Fall of Hitler's Tank Divisions (2002) by Peter McCarthy and Mike Syron, p. 33

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„The engine of the Panzer is a weapon just as the main-gun.“

— Heinz Guderian
As quoted in Die Deutschen gepanzerten Truppen bis 1945 (1965) by Oskar Munzel, p. 159

„New weapons require new tactics. Never put new wine into old bottles.“

— Heinz Guderian
As quoted in Cavalry from Hoof to Track (2009) by Roman Jarymowycz, Ch. 16 : Cold Warhorse: Pegasus ex Machina