Ss: Hitler's Foreign Divisions

Ss: Hitler's Foreign Divisions : Foreign Volunteers in the Waffen Ss 1941-45

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The divisions of the Waffen-SS were the elite of Hitler's armies in World War II, but the most fanatical of them 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. Despite their non-Germanic background, the Norwegians, Dutch, Danes, Belgians, Swedes, Swiss, 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. The book explores the background to their recruitment and describes on a unit-by-unit basis their structure and combat record in the war. Boxes provide insight into key events, insignia and personalities attached to each unit. 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 of use for propaganda value only, while others such as the notorious Dirlewanger Brigade were murderous criminals in uniform. Illustrated with rare photographs, and with an authoritative text, SS: Hitler's Foreign Divisions is a definitive history of the foreign units who fought for Hitler and Germany in World War II.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 189 x 240 x 16mm | 476.27g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 120 b/w photos; includes maps
  • 1782742468
  • 9781782742463
  • 923,935

Table of contents

Introduction
Brief introduction on the origins of the Waffen SS. Himmler's ambitions to rival the Army, but unable to recruit Germans to expand the SS because of Army opposition. Exploitation of volksdeutsch - ethnic Germans from occupied territories - to enable the SS to grow.

Western Europe
This chapter provides an overview of the volunteers from Western Europe in a brief country by country guide, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Spain, France, and Luxembourg. The author explains the political conditions that led to the success (or otherwise) of the SS recruitment campaigns, and outlines the units each countries volunteers served with.

Eastern Europe
Despite Hitler's distaste for the Slavic peoples, vast numbers of Eastern Europeans served with the SS, either as regular troops or as supporting auxiliaries. This chapter provides an overview of the volunteers from Eastern Europe in a brief country by country guide, including the Soviet Union, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, Lithuania and Albania.

The Foreign SS Divisions
(Note: the numbers below refer to the SS divisional numbers)
5. SS Panzer Division Wiking, 9. SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen, 10. SS Panzer Division Frundsberg, 11. SS Freiwilligen Panzer Grenadier Division Nordland, 13. Waffen Gebirgs Division der SS Handschar (Kroatisches Nr. I), 14. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS (Galizisches / Ukrainisches), 15. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS (Lettisches Nr. II), 19. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS (Lettisches Nr. II), 20. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS (Estnisches Nr. I), 21. Waffen Gebirgs Division der SS Skanderbeg, 22. Freiwilligen Kavallerie Division der SS Maria Theresa, 23. Waffen Gebirgs Division der SS Kama (Kroatisches Nr. II), 23. SS Freiwilligen Panzer Grenadier Division Niederland / Nederland, 24. Waffen Gebirgs Division der SS Karstja ger, 25. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS Hunyadi (Ungarisches Nr. I), 26. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS (Ungarisches Nr. II), 27. SS Freiwilligen Grenadier Division Langemarck (Fla mische Nr. I), 28. SS Freiwilligen Panzer Grenadier Division Wallonien, 29. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS (Russiches Nr. I), 29. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS (Italienisches No. I), 30. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS (Russiches Nr. II), 31. SS Freiwilligen Grenadier Division, 32. SS Freiwilligen Grenadier Division 30 Januar, 33. Waffen Kavallerie Division der SS (Ungarisches Nr. III), 33. SS Waffen Grenadier Division der SS Charlemagne (Franzosisches Nr. I), 34. SS Freiwilligen Grenadier Division Landstorm Nederland, 35. SS Polizei Grenadier Division, 36. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS, 37. SS Freiwilligen Kavallerie Division Lu tzow, 38. SS Panzer Grenadier Division Nibelungen.

The Foreign SS Brigades
Dirlewanger's Brigade; Waffen SS Mountain Brigade (1st Tartar); SS Waffen Grenadier Brigade (Italian); 1st SS Polizei Jager Brigade; SS Brigade 'Bohmen und Maren'; SS Panzer Brigade Gross; Franzosische SS Freiwilligen Sturmbrigade; SS Waffen Grenadier Brigade (White Ruthenian); SS Sturmbrigade Wallonien; Sturmbrigade Reichsfuhrer SS; The Indian Legion; Legion of St George (British volunteers); Serbian SS Freiwilligen Corps; Latvian SS; Freiwilligen Legion; Kaukasischer Waffenverband der SS; SS Waffengruppe Krim (Crimea) SS Freiwilligen Legion Nederlande; Landstorm Niederland; Ostturkischer Waffenverband der SS; 1st Ostmuselmanisches (East Muslim) SS Regiment

Appendices
(Guide to SS Ranks; list of Knight's Cross winners)

Glossary and List of Abbreviations

Bibliography

Index
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About Chris Bishop

General editor Chris Bishop was the editor of the Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, and author of German Campaigns of World War II, The Rise of Hitler's Third Reich, SS: Hitler's Foreign Divisions and The Military Atlas of World War II, among many other military history titles.
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