There were well over a dozen other generals who commanded panzer armies throughout the war, anyone of them could have done what Guderian did in 1941, especially considering Panzer Gruppe Guderian was the strongest of all four. Had he followed orders and been a team player they'd have netted even more POWs. Guderian blatantly disobeyed Bock and Kluge (at the short time he was placed in command of both Hoth and Guderian) especially during the battle of Smolensk, when Guderian refused to close the encirclement and instead pressed out, on his own initiative, to Yelnya.Sheldrake wrote: ↑11 Sep 2019 09:50Guderian was the commander of a Panzer Army, that provided one arm of the pincers that encircled Soviet forces in the pockets of 1941 that netted some 3,000,000 PW. There were other panzer and infantry armies. These were huge operations spread over areas bigger than some US States. How was a single army commander responsible for the operations of an army group? Which orders did Guderian disobey that allowed the Red army to escape? Are you for real or is this a wind up?
Go read David Stahel's Operation Barbarossa and Germany's Defeat in the East, about half the book is Guderian disobeying superiors and doing his own thing.