Images of War, Waffen-SS on the Western Front 1940-1945

B1903

This book provides a very graphic presentation of an elite force from its participation in the Blitz on the Low Countries and France, to the battles in Normandy after the D-Day Landings and the fighting retreat into Germany. Text and extended captions ably support a fine photo selection.

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NAME: Images of War, Waffen-SS on the Western Front 1940-1945
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 021213
FILE: R1903
AUTHOR: Ian Baxter
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 144
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, 1939-1945, technology, tactics, organization, SS, armour, Western Front
ISBN: 1-78159-185-7
IMAGE: B1903.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: As with other titles in this series, this is essentially a photo essay that contains many rare photographs from military archives. There are some familiar images that are used in most books covering WWII in Europe, but most images are published for the first time in a book available to the general public. The text is concise and adds to the images. Production quality is high.

The SS evolved from a bodyguard protecting Hitler into a formidable army. The SS attitudes often resulted in unnecessarily high casualties, but they became very effective. Initially, the Waffen SS were equipped with the same uniforms, weapons and equipment as the regular German Army, even though Army quartermasters resented supplies being diverted to what they regarded as ceremonial troops.

The Waffen SS were responsible for a series of war crimes, starting with the massacre of British and French POWs. They also participated in large scale war crimes on the Eastern Front and provided personnel to staff the extermination programs at the many death camps set up as the war progressed. It has always been accepted that this made them very different from the German Army but this is not entirely fair because regular German troops were also involved in war crimes, particularly on the Eastern Front.

As the war progressed, and supplies became short, the SS was equipped with the best materials and weapons they could lay their hands on. Italian submariner’s leather suits were acquired for issue to SS Panzer troops. They were also equipped with a variety of camouflage pattern smocks and trousers that were never available to the regular Army. In weapons, they often enjoyed priority for new weapons, particularly the sub machine guns and assault rifles that started to come off the production lines. In armour they also received some priority treatment in receiving Panther and Tiger tanks ahead of regular Army Panzer units.

Many Germans regarded the Waffen SS as elite ‘Guards’ Divisions, encouraged by propaganda and the battle achievements of SS troops.

This book provides a very graphic presentation of an elite force from its participation in the Blitz on the Low Countries and France, to the battles in Normandy after the D-Day Landings and the fighting retreat into Germany. Text and extended captions ably support a fine photo selection.

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