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Maps & Graphics
As veterans, military historians, and history buffs ourselves, at the Aberjona Press, we know that plenty of photos and accurate, detailed maps are crucial to making military history make sense to readers. That's why we add so many high quality maps and graphics to all of our books.
Below are some samples of the maps and photos which appear in this title.
Fred Novotny, left, and Karl Poppel on RAD service in France during 1942. They wear the arm patch of the 4th Company of RAD Battalion 365, which handled young men from eastern Austria. It is surprising that Novotny did not receive assignment to one of the RAD battalions in the 350-356 range, which were raised from the greater Vienna area.
The Sütterlin text version of the Großdeutschland cuff title. (From the collection of Lieutenant Commander Ron Wolin, US Navy, Retired)
Oberst Hyazinth Graf (Count) Strachwitz von Gross-Zauche und Camminetz, who commanded the panzer regiment of GD during Operation Zitadelle. This photo depicts him later in the war, wearing the Knights Cross with Oakleaves and Swords. (National Archives)
Elements of the 2d Company of Panzerfüsilier Regiment Großdeutschland on the march during 1943. At right, holding his cap, is Poldi Poschusta.
The award certificate for Fred Novotnys Iron Cross 2d Class, presented In the field in Romania on 19 April 1944. It is signed by Panzergrenadier Division Großdeutschlands commander, Major-General (2-star, known as Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht) Hasso von Manteuffel.
Hasso von Manteuffel, one of the great panzer commanders of the war, shown here giving commands from a halftrack while in command of GD. Note the GD cuff title on the right sleeve. (National Archives)
Another view of a D model SdKFz 251 during the summer of 1944. Fred Novotny sits on the vehicle with his legs visible. While these halftracks were advanced for their time, Novotny held a poor opinion of them, as they were easily penetrated by armor-piercing rounds. Still, they provided the best possible means for infantry to accompany tanks during armored attacks.
This poster was found by Novotny after returning from prison camp in the USSR and arriving at Viennas Ostahnhof, or east railroad station. The message reads, Have you seen my son? MIA since 27 May 1945. Novotnys mother made and posted this in the hope that men arriving home from captivity would see it, and perhaps remember encountering him in captivity.
The Good Soldier
From Austrian Social Democracy to Communist Captivity with a Soldier of Panzer-Grenadier Division Großdeutschland
by Alfred Novotny
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Read by the author, Alfred Novotny
Even more than they do in the book, the Eastern Front experiences of the former Panzergrenadier now come alive against a background of combat sound effects and period music that provide an entirely new experience for those seeking a more intimate familiarity with the author's story.