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Last Nazis: SS Werewolf Guerrilla Resistance in Europe 1944-1947 [Hardcover]

Perry Biddiscombe
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5 Oct 2000
The last Nazis - SS Werewolf Guerrilla Resistance in Europe 1944-47

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (5 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752417932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752417936
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 17.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The book explores the background to the movement, its operations and its wholly negative legacy.’ -- History Today

‘throw[s] fresh light on the Third Reich’s last days.’ -- BBC History Magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Founded by Heinrich Himmler in 1944 when it became clear Germany would be invaded, the Werewolf guerrila movement was given the task of slowing down the Allied advance to allow time for the success of negotiations or 'wonder weapons'.

Staying behind in territory occupied by the Allies, its mission was to carry out acts of sabotage, arson and assassination, both of enemy troops and of 'defeatist' Germans. The zeal of the young guerrilas left a great impression on occupying troops and the partisans' tactics of poisoning food, stringing wires across roads and carrying out summary executions added thousands to the casualty total of the bloodiest war in history. In eastern Germany, the partisans were ruthlessly hunted down, yet the USSR remained conscious of the Werewolf threat well into the 1950s.

Perry Biddiscombe has researched the movement exhaustively, and details Werewolf operations against the British, Russians and fellow Germans, on the Eastern and Western Fronts and in the post-war chaos of Berlin. He studies the Allie's response to the real and perceived threat from the guerrillas and the collapse of the movement in a newly fledged democratic Germany.

Giving the lie to the established story of a cowed German population meekly submitting to defeat, this is a fascinating insight into what has been described as 'the death scream of the Nazi regime'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Nazi resistance movement 30 Dec 2001
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The werewolf organization was the last ditch at revenge by the fanatical nazi party. Members were to go underground and carry on the fight after the fall of nazi Germany and the country under enemy occupation. All the nazi party movements set up their own werewolf groups from Hitler youth to the SS and Gestapo with widely varying degrees of success. Schools were set up to teach the groups in the art of sabotage and assassination with various skills taught from bridge demolition to laying anti-personnel mines or even the best place to cut phone lines. Leaflets were printed encouraging the general population to commit acts of sabotage with hint and tips of what to do, these had some success but mostly people were concerned with finding food to participate. The trained fanatical groups had some success but the allies some cleaned up any resistance, they didn't only attack the allies but also terrorized the local population who they thought were collaborating. This publication has the information and detail of an academic research but without being boring or dry to read. A riveting read on this little known part of the secret war.
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Very well written and packed with interest, a book i can highly recommend for those interested in the final ending of the horrors of Nazi Germany following WW2
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The Nazi 'Werewolf' guerrilla movement is rarely covered by historians of the WW2 era, and when it is, tends to be briefly dismissed as insignificant and having made no real impact. But this book is diligently researched and well written, and brings to light the activities and influence of 'The death scream of the Nazi regime'.
The author covers various aspects of the Werewolf resistance movement, including training and organisation (or lack of it), various operations carried out during wartime and after hostilities had officially finished, and the attitudes and motivations of various parties involved.
Some of the descriptions of the actions carried out are really involving and it has to be said exciting, although at points I got a bit bored of a writing style that sometimes just seems to list numerous stories very similar in nature, one after the 'yet another Werewolf group operating at this time...' . But this is a minor gripe about a book that that generally does a lot to bring to light an often unexplored period of history. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, oddly structured... 9 May 2010
By C. Reach - Published on
Here's the thing.. I enjoy hard historical military literature. I enjoy picking the brains of great generals and statesmen, etc. But this book drags on at first. I think it is the structure of the book. The author is very capable of telling a great story and the material is well researched and interesting. The problem lies in the fact that the first section of the book goes into great detail involving the hierarchy of the Werwolf movement which, even by nazi standards, was a jumbled bureaucratic mess.

Solution? Easy. Jump around. Read about the Werwolf exploits, then their mottled command structure.

Final word is, if you are interested in or ever wanted to discover more about the Nazi guerilla movement I highly recommend this book. There are plenty of great, well documented stories of the insurgents and their methods. They just surface a bit later in the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not trying hard enough 20 Jan 2001
By Gestur Páll Reynisson - Published on
This historical reasearch is in my accounts, just short of a good book. Even though the author spends a good amount of time explaining the origins and training of these bandits of a lost cause, I find in too many places, especially in 4th and 5th chapter, unfinished research of the fate of many of the Werewolf leaders and other mebers, it is surprising too me, for example, that Dr. Perry had not been able to find out if one the arrested Germans had been executed or not. In my view it a matter of digging deep enough in Allied archives, too bring the answer. That's called research. The good aspect of this book is that it gives a reasonable insight into this interesting period of the Nazi era. The author had a good and a fascanating subject in his hands but fails too complete the research on the matter.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great WW2story of having to help clean up Nazi Germany after the war 7 Oct 2013
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I love reading about WWII stuff that went on since it bore so much resemblence to today's terorists and how the former generationsd dealt with them.They seemed to both conquer the fanatical werewulves and win the hearts of the normal Germans at the same time who knew what kind of people the Werewulvves and Nazis were I read this book to get a little confirmation of a documenmtary on the subject on the History Channell a while back. Thos Werewulves were a nasty lot of bad guys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read. 22 Dec 2011
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Lots of info on ways the Werewolves harassed the axis power. To compare the Werewolves to Muslim Insurgents is hogwash. These are the real deal. The Muslims should be considered blessed that the Americans don't treat them the way they treated the Germans. (i.e. whole villages leveled for 1 sniper, all women in 1 village being raped)
8 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice nazis research book 1 July 2002
By K. C - Published on
this is a very good book if one want to find out more about what happen to the nazi party or what is left of this book it tells you that they didnt just drop their guns and go home but keep on fighting .well doing sabotajing and terrorizing the allies who is occupying germany.if one want to find out how and what they to without really any big support . and in small is like they are terrorist in germany after the war until they die out in 1947.great if you ask me but one have to really read it to find out why i find it great.
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