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8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer (ePub)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Military Photographic eBooks WWII > Photographic eBooks

By Ian Baxter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
File Size: 91.0 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781399062824
Published: 30th April 2023


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Formed in 1942 8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer was soon deployed to the Eastern Front where Hitler’s ambition to conquer Russia was stalling badly. In common with other SS units the Division was responsible for razing towns and villages, poisoning wells and genocide often against unarmed civilians. This scorched earth policy was aimed at hindering the Red Army’s advance.

After moving South, the Division took part in the retreat from the Dnieper River before operating in Hungary and Croatia.

The end came when trapped in Budapest by Soviet and Romanian forces, the Division was destroyed in December 1944. By the end of the siege only 800 of the 30,000 men in the SS Corps reached German lines.

Using many startling contemporary images, this latest book in the Author’s SS Division series vividly illustrates the horror of warfare on the Eastern Front.

Most of the book is dedicated to photos taken from wartime archives. The introduction gives us a short synopsis of the unit.

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About Ian Baxter

Ian Baxter is a much-published author and photographic collector whose books draw an increasing following. Among his many previous titles in the Images of War Series are Hitler’s Boy Soldiers, Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants, The Ghettos of Nazi Occupied Poland, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Advance, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Retreat, The Crushing of Army Group (North) and the SS Waffen Division series including SS Leibstandarte Division, SS Totenkopf Division At War, Waffen SS of the Baltic States, Waffen SS at Arnhem and Waffen SS in the Ardennes. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.

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