HORST WESSEL The Combat History of the 18. SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division


The “Horst Wessel” division had a unique history. Filling its ranks proved difficult and it never reached its authorized strength, or received all necessary equipment. The intent to form it from Hungarian Volksdeutsche failed because not enough volunteers stepped forward. Only a new Hungarian law made it possible for the Germans to draft the Hungarian Volksdeutsche. While forming and training, the division had to send off battle groups to take part in various battles, a practice that continued until the end of the war. A very readable book that combines the operations of the division with the personal accounts of its soldiers.

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