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Soldiers of destruction : the SS Death's Head Division, 1933-1945

Author: Charles W Sydnor
Publisher: Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, 1977
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Surveys the emergence of the Nazi SS and its Death's Head Division, noting the impact of this elite and powerful army upon military history.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles W Sydnor
ISBN: 0691008531 9780691008530 0691052557 9780691052557
OCLC Number: 26548024
Description: xx, 375 pages : illustrations, maps, plans, portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: The prewar background : the development of the concentration camp system and the SS Totenkopfverbände --
The Polish campaign and the creation of the SS Totenkopfdivision --
Growing pains : December 1939-May 1940 --
The SS Totenkopfdivision and the battle of France --
The long interlude : occupation duty and transfer to the East --
The SS Totenkopfdivision and the war in Russia : June 1941-January 1942 --
The Soviet counteroffensive : encirclement in the Demyansk Pocket, January-October 1942 --
Perpetual crisis : the Führer's firemen, 1943-1945 --
Some observations : ideology, personality, and the question of Totenkopf criminality.
Responsibility: Charles W. Sydnor, Jr.

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"Sydnor has managed to assemble a painstakingly detailed and annotated account that is at the same time an interest-holding horror story."--Publishers Weekly

 
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