Armoured Warfare and the Waffen-SS 1944-1945 (Paperback)
Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
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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.
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.Firetrench
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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.Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland
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