During the Great War, the assault tanks in the German Army merely
played an anecdotal role. Due to the restrictions enforced by the
Treaty of Versailles, the first training unit for armoured forces
wasn't organised (secretly) until 1933. The existence of the first
three Panzerdivisionen of that new German Army was officially
revealed in 1935. The armoured troops or Panzertruppen were an
independent branch of the Army, with their own command. This
allowed concentrating the tanks in divisions so units were capable
of significantly strategic deployments. General Heinz Guderian
forged both words: Panzerwaffe to refer to the armoured force and
Panzertruppen to identify the elitist armoured troops which would
conquer half of Europe in the following years.
The evolution of the camouflage schemes painted in tanks and
vehicles of German armoured units is analysed in the book along
with the organisation of these German units during WWI and WWII
and the whole interwar period.