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

Charles W. Jr. Sydnor , Charles W. Syndor
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21 May 1990
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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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; New Preface edition (21 May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691008531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691008530
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 704,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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THE Waffen SS Totenkopfdivision emerged from two significant interrelated forces in the structure of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Read the first page
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly engrossing 12 May 1999
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This is a terrific book. As Sydnor points out, it has had a long life, & justly so. I found it very hard to put down. The author does an excellent job of placing you beside the action. His information on Eicke himself is equally impressive. It was fascinating reading about the care & amazing effort Eicke put into the division seemingly 24 hours a day. The entire book is meticulously researched & it has tons of great footnotes. To my knowledge it is the only sole work on the
Totenkopfdivision. It definitely must be on the shelf of everyone interested in the Waffen SS or Wehrmacht. Although opinions of the SSTK's conduct may vary from the author's, thank you Mr. Sydnor for such a great study.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed introduction to history of Waffen-SS 18 Jan 2001
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The type of book you need to read in order to understand some of the finer mechanisms behind the large canvas of WWII. Very interesting insight into organisation of KZ-camps, and the close links between the camp system and certain units on the battlefield.
Suffers slightly from lack of direct sources for the latter period of the war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A DEFINITIVE REVIEW OF THE SS TOTENKOPF 30 April 2008
A thorough and excellent review of the SS Totenkopf from inception (Totenkopfverbande)to downfall(Panzerkorps). Eicke's personality and zeal is revealed showing how it played such an important part in moulding his officers and troops. The interplay between concentration camp duty and duty on the Front Line is also fully explained.

Perhaps a few more detailed maps could have been included of the battles on the Eastern Front for clarity's sake but I am still in awe of the men who had to fight in such conditions.

This book kept me enthralled right to the end.
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