SS: Hell on the Western Front : the Waffen-SS in Europe, 1940-1945

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MBI Publishing Company, 2003 - History - 192 pages
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No fighting organization has been more multifaceted, combining political, military, and criminal to earn a reputation that garnered both respect and contempt, than Nazi Germany's dreaded Waffen-SS. First started as Hitler's personal bodyguard, the SS evolved into Germany's best equipped and most ideologically motivated fighting units. SS: Hell on the Western Front details Hitler's "Sons of the Reich" as they conquer and then defend Germany's western front. Follow the actions and atrocities of some of the most famous divisions. Learn of the Hitlerjurgend (Hitler youth) division, made up solely of the class of 1926, a fanatic group who showed an indifference to the 60% causalities suffered in Normandy. Rare action photography augmented with battle plan maps enhance author Michael Williams's graphic description of the Waffen-SS on the Western Front.

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Chris Bishop is the author of German Panzers of World War II, The Rise of Hitler's Third Reich, SS: Hitler's Foreign Divisions, The Essential Tank Identification Guide: Wehrmacht Panzer Divisions, 1939-45, The Essential Aircraft Identification Guide: Luftwaffe Squadrons, 1939-45 and The Essential Submarine Identification Guide: Kriegsmarine U-Boats, 1939-45. Chris Bishop lives in England.

Michael Williams is emeritus professor of geography and the environment at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Oriel College. He is the author, most recently, of "Americans and Their Forests: A Historical Geography" as well as the editor of "Wetlands: A Threatened Landscape" and coeditor of "A Century of British Geography."

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