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Obedient Unto Death (Paperback)

A Panzer-Grenadier of the Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler Reports

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By Werner Kindler
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Pages: 194
Illustrations: 32
ISBN: 9781526765550
Published: 23rd October 2019


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Drafted into the SS-Totenkopf in 1939, Werner Kindler served with a motorised unit in Poland before, in May 1941, he was selected for the elite Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler. It was with the Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler that he participated in Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union from June 1941.

Werner’s unit converted to a Panzer Grenadier formation in 1942, and he went on to fight at Kharkov and Kursk on the Eastern Front. Having transferred to the Western Front in 1944, Werner later fought in Belgium and France, in the Ardennes campaign, in Hungary and, finally, in Austria,

Between 1941 and 1944 Waffen-SS Oberscharführer Werner Kindler took part in eighty-four days of close combat. As a result, he was awarded the Close Combat Clasp in Gold (for participation in more than fifty battles) on 1 April 1945 – being one of only 631 men who received this decoration. He was also awarded the German Cross in Gold, the Iron Cross First and Second Class, the Eastern Front Medal and the Gold Wound Badge, having been wounded six times in action. At the end of the war in Europe, Werner was one of the last men of the Leibstandarte-SS to surrender to the Americans.

Obedient Unto Death is one of the most dramatic first-hand accounts to come out of the Second World War. It provides is an unparalleled insight into the reality of close combat on the Eastern Front, where infantrymen attacked tanks with hand grenades and limpet mines, as well as the creation and evolution of armoured forces during the Second World War.

[Contains] useful information on the tactical deployment of half-tracks, various descriptions of the tactical prowess of Joachim Peiper (the battalion’s initial commander), and a few interesting accounts of combat, notably the rescue of the 320th Infantry Division at Krassnaya Polyana during the Kharkov counter-attack and episodes from the battles of Kursk and Normandy.

War Books Review

In addition to providing a colourful account of his experiences, Kindler also provides a very valuable insight into the social experiences and politics that brought the Nazis to power.


About Werner Kindler

Werner Kindler was born in 1922 in what was then Poland. Shortly after the end of the war, he escaped from an Allied POW camp and was reunited with those of his family who escaped to West Germany. He first came to public attention when he was interviewed by the German author Patrick Agte for his biography of Kindler’s commander, Joachim Pieper.

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