TOTENKOPF. THE STRUCTURE, DEVELOPMENT AND PERSONALITIES OF THE 3.SS-PANZER-DIVISION VOLUME 1

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The first of two volumes on one of the most famous Waffen-SS divisions, this work by two long-time SS research colleagues is their largest and most detailed unit study to date.One of the best known of the SS divisions, which was involved in many of the most famous battles in Russia, was the 3.SS-Panzer Division “Totenkopf.” Starting with the first campaign in Russia, its enviable combat record, especially during defensive operations, was reinforced by further offensive successes during the battles for Kharkov and Kursk, as well as other combat operations when it was often far under-strength due to combat attrition. Army commanders of the period who had “Totenkopf” subordinated to their command spoke highly of the division, with Field Marshal von Manstein describing it as the best of the Waffen SS divisions.

The book is about the “Totenkopf” Division as a divisional combat unit that fought on the Eastern Front from 1941 to the end of the war. It was never withdrawn for rebuilds like the other “classic” Waffen SS divisions, such as “Das Reich,” “Leibstandarte,” and “Wiking.” Therefore it remained on the front and was not involved as a unit in the administration of the concentration camp system. Anyone interested in Holocaust topics will need to look elsewhere.

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