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SS Panzer Battalion (Volume 3 Dogs of War Series) Paperback – 1 Oct 2004


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Spellmount Publishers Ltd; New edition edition (1 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862272662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862272668
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author: Leo Kessler is the pseudonym for Charles Whiting, the prolific World War II author. His Siegfried Line Series (10 volumes) is published by Spellmount Publishers. He lives in York.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. T. Davies VINE VOICE on 14 Oct 2008
Format: Paperback
This may be the third book in the reprinted series but was the first to be published in the original series back in the 1970s - hence its being set in 1940. Note to publishers - what the hell is a Tiger I doing on the cover in 1940?

Story introduces all the characters who will go through the series, the Butcher, the Vulture, and of course old Kuno von Dodenburg himself, a mere lieutenant in this one if I remember, and describes the storming of the Belgian fortress of Eben Emael which in fact fell to a paratroop attack I think.

If you like your war stories simple and your characeters stock - look no further. Useful table of UK, Wehrmacht and SS ranks in the original copy. Don't know if this is in the reprint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hereward on 18 July 2011
Format: Paperback
In SS PANZER BATTALION the anti-heroes of the Waffen SS Assault Regiment Wotan finds themselves training for a special mission in the invasion of France 1940. The mission is eventually revealed to be the attack on the Belgian fortress of Eben Emael, where Wotan will provide the support of numbers and tanks to the German Airborne troops who are to land on top of the fortress by glider before attacking the supposedly impregnable fortress with the new shaped charges.

This is the first of the infamous Wotan books and begins with a Flashman-esque publishers note claiming (quite falsely) that this book was based on the real-life memoirs of the Waffen SS officer Kuno von Dodenberg, a justification never used again in any of the following Wotan books. The book is split fairly evenly into an introduction, with Wotan in training, before they are sent to the front line for the second half of the book to carry out their mission. This is standard Kessler fare; a rollicking mix of war, sex and humour perfectly suited to any juvenile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. darke on 23 Oct 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I read the whole series back in the 80s and enjoyed them very much. i am hoping that the whole series of SS WOTAN and the headhunters and death legion are all put on Kindle as they are great stories. all good books.
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By Glosblue on 12 Oct 2009
Format: Paperback
This was the first ever book I bought, way back in 1975.
This is the start of the Wotan series, even though it now appears to be the third in the series of "Dogs of War" somehow!!!
Dealing with the formation of 2nd Company Wotan Battalion of the SS.
It introduces many much loved characters in the series like the officer Von Dodenburg (who this story is apparently from papers written by him founds by Leo Kessler, yeah right!!!), and Schulze (the Battalion joker).
Some might be offended by placing the SS in the role of the good guys, but forget that, this is just classic war fiction.
Any easy read, I have just reread it and it took only 2 days. Great fun, not to be taken too seriously.
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By rommell on 6 Mar 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
was slightly disappointed with this book,maybe I was expecting the sametype of tales as sven hassell relates,when you read wheels of terror you think you are there.while this is a good read cannot say its as good as svens tales
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