SS Foreign Divisions & Volunteers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, 1941–1945 (Paperback)
Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
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Drawing on a superb collection of rare and unpublished photographs SS Foreign Divisions & Volunteers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia 1942 - 1945 describes how the occupying Nazis recruited Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian conscripts into the Waffen-SS. Unlike her Latvian neighbour, Lithuania had no plans to provide Germany with a National Legion. Although volunteers came forward, the majority did not. This was not the case for Latvia and Estonia, which undertook huge recruitment programmes, and thousands of men were drafted into their own foreign legion of Waffen-SS Grenadier divisions. After intensive training, these divisions saw action on the Eastern front, around Leningrad, in the Ukraine, before vicious defensive operations as the Red Army smashed its way through the Baltic States in 1944. Even in the last dying weeks of the war, what was left of the Baltic soldiers of the 15th, 19th and 20th Waffen-SS Grenadier Divisions, continued to fight alongside their Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS counterparts until they were either destroyed or surrendered.
The story of these divisions is graphically told with detailed captions and text together with many contemporary images in true Images of War style.
As featured inHistory of War
The mainstay of this outstanding book is undoubtedly the images, and they are exceptional. I am confident that anyone interested in these Waffen SS formations will learn a huge amount by closely considering the photos in this book. They will assist a wide audience from re-enactors, museum specialists, film crews, modellers and many others. The author deserves a “well-done” and a thanks for producing this useful volume.Dr Stuart C Blank, Military Archive Research