Soldiers of Destruction: The SS Death's Head Division, 1933-1945

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Princeton University Press, 1990 - History - 375 pages
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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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Review: Soldiers of Destruction: The SS Death's Head Division, 1933-1945. (with a New Preface)

User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

Excellent history of the Totenkopf Division. I found the details of how the unit (and the SS in general) expanded prior to the war very interesting. Brutal fanatics, I couldn't help but to be happy that they took massive casualties in their various campaigns. Read full review

Review: Soldiers of Destruction: The SS Death's Head Division, 1933-1945. (with a New Preface)

User Review  - Charles - Goodreads

The story of the World War II SS Death's Head division. It's inception and its history as a fighting force. Very intersting and well written. Read full review

Contents

The Prewar Background The Development of the Concentration Camp System and the SS Totenkopfverbande
3
The Polish Campaign and the Creation of the SS Totenkopfdivision
37
Growing Pains December 1939May 1940
64
The SS Totenkopfdivision and the Battle of France
87
The Long Interlude Occupation Duty and Transfer to the East
120
The SS Totenkopfdivision and the War in Russia June 1941January 1942
152
The Soviet Counteroffensive Encirclement in the Demyansk Pocket JanuaryOctober 1942
208
Perpetual Crisis The Fuhrers Firemen 19431945
255
Some Observations Ideology Personality and the Question of Totenkopf Criminality
313
Afterword
343
Postscript to the Second Edition
347
Selected Bibliography
351
Index
363
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