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Belsen and its Liberation (ePub)

Military Photographic eBooks WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich WWII > Photographic eBooks

By Ian Baxter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
File Size: 25.3 MB (.epub)
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781473838598
Published: 6th August 2014


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Accompanied by rare and unpublished photos with in-depth captions the book presents a unique visual account of one of the Nazi's most infamous concentration camps. The imagery shows the SS's murderous activities inside Belsen, and also reveal another disturbing side to them relaxing in their barracks or visiting their families and loved ones.

The book is an absorbing insight into how the SS played a key part in murdering, torturing and starving to death tens of thousands of inmates. During the latter part of the war as many as 500 a day were perishing from the long-term effects of starvation as well as the resultant diseases. There is a wealth of information on how the camp was run and all aspects of life inside the camp for the inmates are covered.

The final episode of Belsen is witnessed by British soldiers of the Second Army, who were completely unprepared for what they encountered when they arrived at the gates of the camp. Inside the camp they found some 10,000 unburied dead in addition to the mass graves already containing 40,000 more corpses.

This latest Images of War book captures the shocking story of those that ran Belsen, those that perished, and the troops that liberated the living from their hell.

The book is well written and it tells the story of the camp liberation well but it does as a book of this nature should and it lets the photographs tell the story. The chapters are done well too and I liked how the book was laid out with the different focus being on four main sections. The book has a listing of the guards at the camp and their roles, as well as what happened and any sentences given to those that were prosecuted.

It was not only the photos of the dead and dying that affected me, the contrast between the photos of the laughing SS guards, both male and female compared to how the British troops found the camp is horrendous.

This was a book that made me cry and it will stay with me for a long time but I am glad that I read it, for me it is necessary reading and something we should never forget happened and it is a book that I would recommend too – it is 5 stars from me

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Donnas Book Blog

This provides a shocking insight into the brutal regime that the Belsen camp was part of. The story is told with a great many rare and previously unpublished images. This is a terrible story that should be told and told again as graphically as possible, that it may not happen again.


Not an easy read, but I believe a necessary one to gain an holistic understanding of the Second World War.

British Military History

Hard-hitting and doesn't hold back.

War History Online

Ian Baxter has compiled a horrific but necessary record of Belsen and its liberation., and he has let many of the pictures speak for themselves. This is the sort of book that is necessary today to remind people what happened and remind us how easily it could happen again. This is a testament to those murdered and the reasons why we should never forget.

Paul Diggett

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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