12th Hitlerjugend Panzer Division

KB0140

This is a warts and all account of the foundation and deployment of the 12th Hitlerjugend. It combines original war film with some re-enactment, location filming and an interview with Obersturmbannfuther Hubert Meyer

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NAME: 12th Hitlerjugend Panzer Division
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
FILE: K0140
DATE: 050211
PRESENTER(S): Tim Saunders, Richard Home
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital
MEDIA: One DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 100 minutes
PLAYERS: Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player
INTERNET: Optional
PRICE: GB £15.99
GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: Normandy, Hitler Youth, Waffen SS, D-Day, 1944, armoured warfare, WWII, 1939-1945, Second World War
ISBN: 0-24762-008-4
IMAGE: KB0140
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DESCRIPTION: This is a warts and all account of the foundation and deployment of the 12th Hitlerjugend. It combines original war film with some re-enactment, location filming and an interview with Obersturmbannfuther Hubert Meyer the last surviving senior German officer and in his 90s during filming. Tim Saunders has established his credentials an a series of DVDs and television documentary contributions. With his co-presenter and a team of battlefield guides and subject specialists, he presents the story impartially, detailing how the Panzer Division was formed and why, acknowledging the fighting efficiency of the Division but also exposing its ruthless brutality and war crimes. The Hitlerjugend as formed with Hilter Youth teenagers and was a sign of desperation after the reverses in North Africa and on the Russian Front. The SS commissariat were faced with some major challenges in obtaining uniforms and equipment which were all in short supply by 1944. There was also competition within the SS for men and materials to replace losses in battle and support the formation of new units. Officers for the Hitlerjugend were drawn from the Waffen SS and the German Army, although the later were mostly committed Nazis and Hitler Youth leaders. Meyer was recovering from wounds suffered in fighting on the Russian Front as a Waffen SS officer. This is a very informative documentary and places the Hitlerjugend in its correct perspective. The indoctrinated young soldiers were the product of the Nazi education programme and fought with skill and courage against the best Allied troops in some of the greatest battles of WWII. An important insight into the German perspective of the Normandy campaign making compulsive viewing. An excellent product.

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