Images of War, Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH) At War 1939-1945, A History of the Division on the Western and Eastern Fronts, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives

A new addition to the very popular Images of War Series. This volume reviews the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler that grew from Hitler’s palace guard into a formidable battlefield unit that fought on the Eastern and Western Fronts of WWII. As with other volumes in this series, its great strength is the quality and rarity of the images that illustrate the concise text, all at a very aggressive cover price – Highly Recommended.


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NAME: Images of War, Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH) At War 
1939-1945, A History of the Division on the Western and Eastern 
Fronts, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives
FILE: R2492
AUTHOR: Ian Baxter
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back 
PAGES:  141
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, Eastern 
Front, Western Front, tank battles, armoured fighting vehicles, AFV, 
technology, armour, blitz krieg, SS, Waffen SS

ISBN: 1-47389-085-3

IMAGE: B2492.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: A new addition to the very popular Images of War Series. 
This volume reviews the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler that grew from 
Hitler's palace guard into a formidable battlefield unit that fought 
on the Eastern and Western Fronts of WWII. As with other volumes in 
this series, its great strength is the quality and rarity of the 
images that illustrate the concise text, all at a very aggressive 
cover price – Highly Recommended.

The origins of the SS were as Hitler's palace guard, providing his 
close protection squad and wider screen for large public events. As 
Himmler's power and influence in the Nazi world grew, the SS was 
expanded as his 'empire' and was soon in contention with the SA which 
had remained a radical para-military force that was beginning to give 
Hitler some concern. There were indications that the SA would present 
a threat to Hitler's view of where the Nazis should be heading. 
Himmler was able to take advantage and act as the antidote that took 
out the SA leaders and broke up the organization during the Night of 
the Long Knives. However, the SS were still regarded by the German 
Army Command as toy soldiers for ceremonial occasions.

Himmler began to agitate for a more powerful and front line military 
role for a greatly expanded SS. This produced the Waffen SS that 
fought alongside ordinary German Army units, forging a fierce 
reputation from 1939. Frequently involved in war crimes, the Waffen 
SS were also formidable soldiers and prepared to fight at any cost. 
As a result, SS casualties were very high, frequently higher than 
the situation required.

However the SS are viewed, they were one of the most effective 
fighting forces employed by any army during WWII. This book 
provides a captivating glimpse into the Leibstandarte SS Adolf 
Hitler, its inner workings and its history/