The Waffen-SS: 1. to 5. Divisions v. 1Paperback Men-At-Arms (Osprey)
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- Publisher: Osprey Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 48 pages
- Dimensions: 180mm x 240mm x 6mm | 159g
- Publication date: 1 December 2003
- Publication City/Country: Osprey
- ISBN 10: 1841765899
- ISBN 13: 9781841765891
- Illustrations note: 40 b&w & 8 colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 180,389
In the early 1920s, a tiny group was formed within the SA to serve as Hitler's personal bodyguard. Originally labelled the 'Stosstruppe Adolf Hitler', they later became known as the SS - Schutz Staffeln, or 'protection squads'. From these humble beginnings, the SS rose to a nominal strength of 38 divisions of over 800,000 men by 1945, representing a sizeable portion of Germany's land forces and more importantly a quarter of her tank forces and a third of her mechanised infantry. This first of four titles covers the first five Waffen-SS divisions, including the famous SS Panzer Division 'Wiking'.
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Gordon Williamson was born in 1951 and currently works for the Scottish Land Register. He spent seven years with the Military Police TA and has published a number of books and articles on the decorations of the Third Reich and their winners. He is the author of a number of World War II titles for Osprey. Stephen Andrew was born in 1961 in Glasgow, where he still lives and works. An entirely self-taught artist, he worked in advertising and design agencies before going freelance in 1993. Military history is his passion, and in the past few years he has established himself as a respected artist in this field. Since 1997 he has illustrated several Men-at-Arms titles including MAA 306: Chinese Civil War Armies 1911-49, and series on the German and Italian armies of WWII.
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Table of contents
11. SS Panzer Division 'Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler' - 12. SS Panzer Division 'Das Reich' - 13. SS Panzer Division 'Totenkopf' - 14. SS Polizei Panzergenadier Division - 15. SS Panzer Division 'Wiking'