Item description for SS HITLER'S FOREIGN DIVISIONS: Foreign Volunteers in the Waffen SS 1940-1945 by Christopher Bishop...
The divisions of the Waffen-SS were the elite of Hitler's armies in World War II, but some of the most fanatical of these were not even German. SS: Hitler's Foreign Divisions is an in-depth examination of the approximately 350,000 foreign volunteers from German-occupied countries who opted to fight for the Third Reich as members of the Waffen-SS. The book explores the background to their recruitment and describes-on a unit-by-unit basis-their history, structure, and combat record in the war.
Despite their non-Germanic background, the Norwegians, Dutch, Danes, Belgians, Latvians, Estonians, Cossacks, Ukrainians, and other nationalities-often motivated by an extreme anti-Communist zeal- fought hard on the Eastern Front for the Nazi cause, even when their position was hopeless. Often treated badly by their German commanders, the foreign SS units were not all excellent combat formations, however. some, like the British and Indian volunteers, were used for propaganda purposes only, while others, like the notorious Dirlewanger Brigade, who helped brutally suppress the Warsaw Rising, were nothing more than murderous criminals in uniform. Other divisions-such as the Russian-recruited 30th Waffen- Grenadier Division der SS, formed in the final months of the war-never reached a functional strength, and were disbanded before they saw action.
Illustrated with rare photographs and written by an acknowledged expert, SS: Hitler's Foreign Divisions is a definitive history of the foreign SS units who fought for Hitler and Germany in World War II.
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WWII NON GERMAN SS Dec 17, 2006
For the last few years Chris Bishop has been putting together books from Amber press on subjects such as Panzer Divisions, Luftwaffe Squadrons, Kriegsmarine U-Boats, and now this one on SS: Hitler's Foreign Divisions.
As far as these books go they are well put together, with a goodly set of photographs, well illustrated, and encyclopedic to a point. However, they are not exhaustive and no doubt that was never the author's intent.
For the general collector or reader interested in WWII German subjects these books will fill the bill. For the deep set, hard minded militarist they may only offer information they already know. As long as one realizes the short comings of a general coverage in a little over 150 pages this book will please. Anyone expecting an exhaustive coverage will I am afraid be disappointed.
Amazing Aug 5, 2006
If you are interested in learning about the foreign waffen SS, this book is a must have. The book looks amazing on the outside(i have it on my coffee table). The content is essential and very interesting. There is no informantion pertenant to this subject not in this book. Great book anyone very knowledgable or completly ignorant to he subject would enjoy.