Images of War, 5th SS Wiking At War 1941-1945, A History of the Division, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives

The SS was intended to be an all-Aryan military force but it was extended to take recruits from ‘Germanic’ occupied countries across Europe and Scandinavia. The author has presented a very capable text to accompany the extensive, rare and excellent images that have made books in this series so popular – Much Recommended

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NAME: Images of War, 5th SS Wiking At War 1941-1945, A History of the Division, 
Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives
FILE: R2748
AUTHOR: Ian Baxter
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword 
BINDING: soft back 
PAGES: 136
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, World War Two, SS, Waffen SS, 
Eastern Front, Soviets, Red Army, foreign recruits, foreign legion, Aryan, armour, 
grenadiers, mechanized infantry, anti-tank artillery, field artillery

ISBN: 1-52672-134-1

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DESCRIPTION:  The SS was intended to be an all-Aryan military force but it 
was extended to take recruits from 'Germanic' occupied countries across Europe 
and Scandinavia.  The author has presented a very capable text to accompany the 
extensive, rare and excellent images that have made books in this series so 
popular -  Much Recommended

The SS was expanded from its original role of close protection for Hitler into a 
significant internal security service, providing guards to the concentration and 
extermination camps, and then into a highly capable elite land force in the form of 
the Waffen SS. However, its ruthless achievement of objectives and the bitter 
fighting, particularly on the Eastern Front, saw it suffer heavy losses. It competed 
with the German Army for new recruits and needed to extend its recruiting pool. 
One solution was to form the German foreign legion of the SS Wiking, accepting 
new recruits with a slightly less stringent racial and political screening.

SS Wiking was as deeply involved in atrocities as other SS Divisions and became 
a formidable fighting force. This book provides the images to convey the history 
of the 5th SS Wiking Division and will become a valuable addition to any 
enthusiast's library of WWII military history books.