Hitler's Elite: The SS, 1939-45

Hitler's Elite: The SS, 1939-45

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By (author) Chris McNab

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 240mm x 36mm | 1,460g
  • Publication date: 22 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1782000887
  • ISBN 13: 9781782000884
  • Illustrations note: 200 MONO; 50 COL
  • Sales rank: 389,744

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Famed for their fighting qualities, fanaticism and brutality, the Waffen-SS evolved from being Hitler's fiercely loyal personal bodyguard in the 1920s into an army which spearheaded the assault on the Soviet Union and staunchly defended the Reich in the final days of World War II. From their origins and training through to their role in the bitter fighting towards the end of the war, Hitler's Elite delves into the history of the SS, the most infamous military formation in history, presenting a fully illustrated, comprehensive study of their actions as part of the Third Reich.

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Author information

Chris McNab is an author and editor specializing in military history and military technology. To date he has published more than 40 books, including A History of the World in 100 Weapons (2011), Deadly Force (2009) and Tools of Violence (2008). He is the contributing editor of Hitler's Armies: A History of the German War Machine 1939-45 (2011) and Armies of the Napoleonic Wars (2009). Chris has also written extensively for major encyclopedia series, magazines and newspapers, and he lives in South Wales, UK.

Table of contents

Introduction: Origins and Evolution of the SS The Allgemeine-SS and the Nazi Police State The Waffen-SS Soldier Days of Victory Turning Fortunes Diversification and Destruction Conclusion Bibliography and Glossary Index