The SS: A New History

The SS: A New History


By (author) Adrian Weale

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  • Publisher: Abacus
  • Format: Paperback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 38mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 2 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0349117527
  • ISBN 13: 9780349117522
  • Illustrations note: Section: 16, b/w
  • Sales rank: 159,789

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The SS was one of the most important institutions of Third Reich Germany, yet it is also among the least well understood. From the end of 1935, the SS had control over all police and internal security duties in Germany and the militarised Waffen SS had more than eight hundred thousand men serving in the field, in direct rivalry with the traditional German armed forces, the Wehrmacht. Making use of material not previously available, this definitive book refocuses attention on and enhances understanding of the hard-nosed political fanatics and opportunists who were responsible for one of the most appalling crimes in human history, the attempted execution of the Jews of Europe.

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Adrian Weale was educated at York University and the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He has served with military intelligence across the world. As a writer he has written eight works of non-fiction and he writes and reviews regularly for a range of national newspapers.

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Weale's style is spare and compelling. He deftly evokes the various personalities involved in a paramilitary army which shrouded itself in bureaucratic acronyms ... This is an extremely important book which I recommend most highly Michael Burleigh, author of MORAL COMBAT 'In this landmark history, Adrian Weale deftly charts the development of the SS from its origins as a personal entourage to a weapon of genocide ... This is a major achievement by a historian at the top of his game, and deserves a lasting place on the Guy Walters, author of HUNTING EVIL and BERLIN GAMES