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7th SS Mountain Division Prinz Eugen At War 1941–1945 (Paperback)

A History of the Division

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By Ian Baxter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 112
Illustrations: 250
ISBN: 9781526721426
Published: 4th September 2019

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Drawing on a superb collection of rare and unpublished photographs the The 7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division Prinz Eugen 1941 - 1945 is the 7th book in the Waffen-SS Images of War Series written by Ian Baxter. The book tells the story of the 7th SS Mountain Division was formed in 1941 from the Volksdeutsche (ethnic German) volunteers and conscripts from the Banat, Independent State of Croatia, Hungary and Romania. It fought a brutal counter insurgency campaign against communist-led Yugoslav Partisan resistance forces in the occupied Serbia and Montenegro. It was given the title Prinz Eugen after Prince Eugene of Savoy, an outstanding military leader of the Habsburg Empire who liberated the Banat and Belgrade from the Ottoman Empire in the Austro Turkish War. It was initially named the SS-Freiwilligen-Division Prinz Eugen (SS-Volunteer Division Prinz Eugen).

A very interesting collection of images.

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Miniaturas JM

I really appreciated that the author, unlike others when it comes to histories of SS units, does not paint them as heroes and supermen but covers their many failings and atrocities. This range of books continues to expand and offer a good source of cheap reference to the modeller, historian or armour enthusiast alike. Some titles are better than others and I feel this tile offers a good introductory pictorial with some basic information.

Recommended.

March 2020, Model Military International – reviewed by Al Bowie

The text in the book gives a good over view of the division and its activities during its war service but the photographs are the main part of the book and show the reality of fighting in the mountains. Of interest was the collection of Bulgarian armour vehicles which supported some of the operations during mid-1944.

This is to me, a little known part of WWII history and this volume goes some way to addressing my lack of knowledge on the subject.

Highly recommended!

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Scale Modelling Now

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Argunners

As with all the books in the series, extended captions provide the information to the rare and often unpublished photos.

Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

The photos are excellent as usual and show lots of action, the people and their equipment.

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Flyin' and Ridin' Blog, Francois A. Dumas

The seventh book by the same author on SS units in this fine and very popular Images of War Series. This volume follows the proven formula of concise text supporting a fine and unique collection of images – Highly Recommended.

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Firetrench

The book could have been quite dark given the subject matter, however, the right balance is struck between an informative, but brief narrative, combined with photographs of varying poignancy. The net result is a book which addresses the barbarism of the campaign whilst positing it against the geo-political and tactical exigencies of the theatre. In light of this, the book, along with its fellow Images of War counterparts could either be read as a standalone quick read for the curious or as a foundation for further readings in this field.

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Donna's Book Blog

Another book from the excellent "Images of War" series that I think is very detailed and informative. It is not very easy to find photos of this division, since the usual group of divisions always comes to mind when we talk about the SS. In short, a must for those who love the books of the Second World War.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

Well worth adding to your library if you're a WWII history obsessive. Especially so if you're particularly interested in the Germans and the SS during WWII (as I am), obviously.

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A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

Another Images of War title from author Ian Baxter, taking on the topic of another of the SS divisions of WW2. In this case one of their Mountain Divisions. Formed in 1941 from Ethnic German volunteers who came from the area of Croatia, Romania and Hungary. They spent their war closely involved with fighting the Yugoslav partisans.

The book is split across 5 chapters, each one started off with some introductory text and then followed by a series of archive photos to illustrate each stage of the story, all with additional detail in the captions. The bulk show the troops themselves, along with their support equipment. Not much in the way of armoured vehicles, though there are a few Stug III and Pz IV from supporting Bulgarian units.

It tells the story from the unit formation, illustrates their troops in action, and ends with their surrender to Yugoslav units in 1945, when many of those that surrendered were not treated kindly thanks to their reputation for brutality against both partisans and civilians during the war.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

The images in this book are topnotch and the majority I'd never seen before.

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The View From The Turret Vlog

Another excellent book in the Images of War series, this offers some insight into a part of WW2 that does not get much exposure – the German campaign against Yugoslav partisans. Largely drawn from men originating from Croatia as well as Hungary and Romania, the 7th SS Mountain Division ‘Prinz Eugen’ conducted a campaign that was notable for the ethnic and religious enmity of the region.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Ian Baxter

Ian Baxter has produced a fine selection of highly illustrated books in the Images of War Series mainly covering Axis Forces in WW2. He is a dedicated collector of rare images and an expert in his field. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.

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