This book in the popular Images of War series, covers the deeds of the Waffen-SS on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. With extensive text and in-depth captions to many rare and unpublished photographs, it is an absorbing analysis of the part they played on the Eastern Front. It reveals in detail how this elite band of men fought during the opening phase of Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia, how it supported and took part in the victory at Kharkov, Demyansk and other battles in the Soviet Union. The book reveals the Waffen-SS’s role at the great battle of Kursk, and how it was forced to withdraw in the face of overwhelming enemy superiority and were rushed from one danger zone to another to plug gaps in the front. Often these troops faced an enemy ten-times their strength and it was for this reason they were feared and respected by their foes. But by early May 1945, the Waffen-SS had been all but destroyed.
IMAGES OF WAR: WAFFEN SS ON THE EASTERN FRONT 1941-1945
Though responsible for many atrocities, no one has ever accused the Waffen SS of not being a formidable fighting force. In this notable edition to the Images of War series, the Waffen SS’s crucial part in the savage fighting on the Eastern Front is presented in photographs – many previously unpublished – recording their role from the launch of Operation Barbarossa to the final battle for Berlin.
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