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SS Polizei Division at War 1940–1945 (Paperback)

History of the Division

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By Ian Baxter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War Books
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781473890978
Published: 22nd January 2018


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Formed in 1939 SS-Polizei Division were not considered initially as an SS fighting force, and this status was reflected in the quality of the equipment they were issued. Following operations in France, Greece and then Russia, it was not until 1942 the division was transferred to the Waffen-SS, and eventually upgraded to a Panzergrenadier division, the 4th SS-Polizei-Panzergrenadier Division.

The book describes how the SS-Polizei Division fought across the Low Countries, the Eastern Front, before deploying to the Balkans and Greece where it committed numerous atrocities. During the last days of the War it was assigned to Army Detachment Steiner defending Berlin where many soldiers fought to the death.

This book is a unique glimpse into one of the most infamous fighting machines in World War Two and a great addition to any reader interested Waffen-SS history.

The artillery and rail transport feature in quite a few. The mix is also provided by summer time images in France at the outset and again later in Greece, a lot more shows the conditions they faced in the snow and the mud of the Eastern Front. Another good one from Ian Baxter.

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About Ian Baxter

Ian Baxter has produced a fine selection of highly illustrated books in the Images of War Series mainly covering Axis Forces in WW2. He is a dedicated collector of rare images and an expert in his field. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.

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