Book Alert: Ghost Division by A. Harding Ganz

51qp8C5tyFL._SX395_BO1,204,203,200_For those interested in the history of WW2 German Panzer units, a new book has been released on the history of the 11th Panzer Division.  Titled “Ghost Division: The 11th “Gespenster” Panzer Division and the German Armored Force in World War II“, this new book is authored by A. Harding Ganz, published by Stackpole books and contains 416 pages.



Publishers Description:

Nicknamed the “Ghost Division” because of its speed and habit of turning up where its enemies least expected, the German 11th Panzer Division wreaked havoc in the East and West in World War II, playing a pivotal role in some of the biggest engagements, including Barbarossa, Stalingrad, Kursk, and the West.

>Detailed reconstruction of the 11th Panzer Division’s wartime exploits.

>Explores the role played by the German Wehrmacht’s panzer force during World War II, its tactical prowess, and tenacity of its soldiers.

>Draws on archival sources as well as interviews and correspondence with veterans.

Author information:

Born in New York City, A. Harding Ganz is professor emeritus at Ohio State University. He served as a tank platoon leader in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany in the 1960s and earned his master’s from Columbia University and his doctorate from Ohio State. He has written for publications such as Armor magazine and the Journal of Military History. He lives in Newark, Ohio, near Columbus.


  1. invaderace says:

    Isn’t the Gespensterdivision the 7th Pz Division, Rommels division? The 11th Pz div had a ghost for insignia but it is not the same division.


    • The same thought had occurred to me as well. After consulting some reference materials, it would seem that the 7th Panzer had the title as an unofficial nickname while for the 11th it was the official insignia? A semi-related fact I found somewhat interesting, one of the early commanders of the 11th Panzer Div was Ludwig Cruwell, a German officer who was more well known for his service as commander of the Afrika Corps under Rommel.


      • invaderace says:

        I searched the internet and found the same thing as you. 7th Pz had ghost as nickname and the 11th as name. I can find no lineage connecting the two divisions either. No regiments from the 7th (it’s older) was used to form the 11th.
        Though the 11th was commanded by Hermann Balck (, one of the best division commanders of WW2.


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