Images of War, SS-Polizei At War 1940-1945, A History of the Division, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives

The Images of War series has become extremely popular across a wide readership, including some who do not otherwise purchase military history books. This new book reviews a subject that has received very little coverage, the SS-Polizei Division – Much Recommended.


http://reviews.firetrench.com

http://adn.firetrench.com

http://bgn.firetrench.com

http://nthn.firetrench.com

NAME: Images of War, SS-Polizei At War 1940-1945, A History of the 
Division, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives
FILE: R2660
AUTHOR: Ian Baxter
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES:  141
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, World War 2, armour, 
tanks, light tanks, medium tanks, heavy tanks, assault guns, tank 
killers, reconnaissance vehicles, field police, police reservists, 
Waffen-SS, Himmler, Panzer Grenadiers, mechanized infantry, 
half-track vehicles, artillery

ISBN: 1-47389-097-7

IMAGE: B2660.jpg
BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y8vzoxfn
LINKS:  
DESCRIPTION: The Images of War series has become extremely popular 
across a wide readership, including some who do not otherwise 
purchase military history books. This new book reviews a subject 
that has received very little coverage, the SS-Polizei Division – 
Much Recommended.

The SS has generally earned a reputation as a bastion of 
fundamentalist Nazi beliefs and been closely associated with a 
series of atrocities and with the industrial scale genocide 
programme. This reputation was earned, but it has clouded the path 
to growth for the SS from its humble roots. It has also tainted 
the military performance of the Waffen-SS on the field of battle. 
What has been covered is a relatively small part of the Waffen-SS 
Divisions with the SS-Polizei Division being largely unknown. This 
book, which is one of the larger volumes in the series, addresses 
this omission very ably.

The SS began as Hitler's close protection squad under the command 
of Sepp Dietrich. Dietrich was a hard drinking former policeman who 
was a very early member of the NSDP. Although Hitler's views on 
tobacco and alcohol were not compatible with Dietrich's habits, 
they became close associates and took long walks together in the 
early years. However, Himmler's ambition was running beyond control 
and Dietrich represented a potential barrier. Himmler tried very hard 
to persuade Hitler to give him total control of the bodyguards and 
banish Dietrich. Every time Dietrich went on his epic 'benders', 
Himmler made sure that Hitler was aware of the details of the latest 
drinking spree. Hitler proved surprisingly uninterested.

During this period, Himmler was expanding the SS under his command 
and his goal was to replace the SA with the SS, before then replacing 
the Wehrmacht with the SS. This led to the formation of the first 
Waffen-SS Divisions. Eventually Himmler persuaded Hitler to sack 
Dietrich and post him to a Waffen-SS Division on the Eastern Front, 
expecting Dietrich to either fail miserably or be killed. Dietrich 
had the last laugh, becoming one of the most successful 
Generalleutnants on that Front and then commanding the last ditch 
drive for Antwerp in the Battle of the Ardennes, coming dangerously 
close to achieving his objectives.

What is less well know is the formation of the SS-Polizei Division 
in 1939, formed mainly from the civil police, which was not 
initially seen as an SS fighting force. It was to be closely 
associated with a raft of atrocities in the Low Countries and then 
in the Balkans where it served as a security service. In 1942 it 
was transferred to the Waffen-SS as the 4th SS-Polizei-
Panzergrenadier Division. That saw the Division receive significant 
upgrades in equipment and, in the last days of the war, its soldiers 
were assigned to Army Detachment Steiner defending Berlin, where 
many of its soldiers fought to the death.

The author has provided well-researched text to fully support the 
images in telling the story of this largely unknown SS-Division. 
An interesting review that introduces fresh insight into the SS 
and its components.