Glenn Miller and His Orchestra

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Da Capo Press, 1980 - Music - 473 pages
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Originating in Hitler's personal bodyguard, the Waffen-SS (armed SS) was expanded as a fourth branch of the Wehrmacht and became regarded as the tough elite of the German armed forces. Known as Hitler's Asphalt Soldiers they fought on all the main battle-fronts, but most notably in the East against the Soviet Union and in Normandy following Overlord. By the war's end the Waffen-SS could boast almost 40 field divisions manned by nearly one million troops. Gordon Williamson describes the organization, equipment, tactics and personalities of the Waffen-SS in World War II. A chronology outlines the major events in the history of the Waffen-SS from the founding of its forerunner, the SS-Verfugungstruppe, until May 1945. The author has travelled to Germany to interview numerous surviving former Waffen-SS soldiers and corresponded with many others, obtaining first-hand accounts of their wartime experiences. The handbook is illustrated with a selection of previously unpublished photographs, predominantly from private collections, ranging from studio posed shots to previously unpublished candid snaps and from battlefield pictures to war correspondent action shots.

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PART ONE The Early Years i P
PART THREE The Band That Made It
PART FOUR The Great AAF Band
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Recordings by Glenn Miller and His Orchestras

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George T. Simion, author of The Big Bands and Simon Says: The Sights and Sound of the Swing Era, helped Glenn Miller organize his first band, played drums in it, and fostered Miller's reputation through his writing for Metronome, New York Herald Tribune, and other leading publications.

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