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Armoured Warfare and the Waffen-SS 1944-1945 (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

WWII WWII Photographic Books

By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 116
ISBN: 9781473877948
Published: 24th April 2017

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Over 150 wartime photographs give a graphic snapshot of the dramatic tank battles fought by the Waffen-SS panzer and panzergrenadier divisions during 1944-5 on both the Eastern and Western fronts. By this stage of the Second World War these formations were at the height of their powers and took part in major armoured operations in Russia, France, the Netherlands, and Poland. As the Wehrmacht retreated the Waffen-SS played an increasingly important role. Most notably their panzers prolonged the war by staving off defeat at Arnhem and Wolomin, stabilizing both the Western and Eastern fronts at critical points in the fighting.

The photographs and the accompanying narrative record the contrasting conditions they faced on each battlefront and the weapons and equipment they used, especially the armoured vehicles, including the Tiger and Panther tanks, which were among the best designs the Germans produced. But they also record the crimes committed by members of the Waffen-SS against civilians and captured enemy soldiers during the series of brutal, often desperate operations mounted to stave off German defeat.

Anthony Tucker-Jones's photographic history is a fascinating introduction to these elite units during the final phase of the fighting in Europe.

Another excellent book in the Images of War series. These books are about photographs first and foremost, showing often lesser known photos of WW2.

This particular book is about the Waffen SS armor divisions, from 1944 till the end of the war. Lots of great photos, especially suited for diorama builders, but also for WW2 researchers.

The text for each chapter is not too long, but sufficiently detailing the units, their organization and actions, and putting the photos in perspective.

The book is divides in 8 parts, each one covering a specific theatre of operations where the Aromored Waffen SS played an important part.

It is a pity that there aren't more color photos from that era, but that's not the fault of the author of course ! Wonderful addition to my collection of photo books !

FSAddon Publishing - Francois A. Dumas

As with all of these books, the main thing is the 150+ period photos which illustrate the text, a treasure trove of material for the modeller and wargamer. All types of tanks, assault guns and self-propelled artillery is covered along with various soft skinned transport plus enemy vehicles too. There are also plenty of images of crews and grenadiers in a variety of smocks and gear, again highly useful references for the modeller and wargamer.

Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers

Really, it's the photos that make the book, and there are plenty of rare ones you might not have seen before.

The Armourer, inc. Classic Arms & Militaria, August 2017

This is a fine selection of images that tells the story of armour in the closing stages of WWII and the use made of it by the Waffen-SS – Most Highly Recommended.

Read the full review here.

Firetrench

Anthony Tucker-Jones has done a nicely balanced book which provides the detail of the armour in use with the SS but doesn't ignore their disreputable side and includes examples of their crimes against soldiers and civilians alike.

Read the full review here.

Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones is a former defence intelligence officer and a widely published expert on regional conflicts, counter-terrorism and armoured and aerial warfare. He is the author of numerous books including Falaise: The Flawed Victory, Operation Dragoon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944, Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front, Tiger I & Tiger II, T-34: The Red Army's Legendary Medium Tank, The Panther Tank: Hitler’s T-34 Killer, The Battle for Budapest 1944-1945 and The Panzer IV: Hitler’s Rock. For further information his website can be found at www.atuckerjones.com.

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