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Waffen-SS Kursk: 1 (RZM Archive) [Hardcover]

Remy Spezzano
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15 Dec 2002 RZM Archive
Kursk was a crucial battle on the vast Eastern Front and a battle in which Hitler's elite, the Waffen SS, distinguished itself as never before. - In this magnificent series of photo histories, Remy Spezzano presents rare and previously unpublished images detailing the uniforms, equipment and weapons of the Waffen SS divisions employed to stem the tide in 1943.

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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Press (15 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965758451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965758451
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 21 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,109,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too little - too expensive... 8 Sep 2008
Well if you solely look at the pictures presented they're excellent.

But this series is six volumes and should have been collected to only one at the price asked.

Another problem is that the text has been cut in two. One's with the individual picture and the rest is in an index in the back!
Why this split?

A could-have-been classic messed up by som wierd decisions.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! 15 Mar 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Although launched as a sensational photo account of the Kursk battle, I must say I'm disappointed. Not nearly all photos are new, the quality isn't impressive and the text accompanying the photos are superficial and very short. I'm glad I bought this book at Amazon.com for a reduced price and not for the full price some other book sellers charge. Definitely not as promised! I have the feeling that all 5 or 6 parts of this series should have been concentrated in one book. Perhaps then it might have been worth the money...
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book on a rare subject 23 Aug 2003
By A. Starr - Published on Amazon.com
This is hands down the best photo book on this subject, and helps us amateur historians to fill in the gaps on one of the 20th century's most crucial battles. The volume is printed on high-quality gloss paper, with one photo per page, with a tastefully limited text per image. Truly a joy for everyone from the casual historian to the dedicated collector.
I believe that some preface is needed before one purchases this (and soon to be other!) volume. Photo coverage of Waffen-SS activities in WWII is VERY limited. Most negatives were destroyed at the end of the war by German authorities. All the images in the book were extracted from photo contact sheets (each roll of film is printed on a small sheet of photo paper for proof purposes), scanned, and painstakingly digitally edited (this is a difficult process having done this myself).
Compared to most Waffen-SS sources, this is a leap forward in quality (and quantity). Thanks to RZM (rzm.com) and Remy Spezzano for this rare gift to the WWII enthusiast as well as the casual reader. Look for Mr. Spezzano's other volume here at Amazon.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant simply brilliant! 23 Sep 2003
By Richard M Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book on the recomendation of a friend and I can safely say that it is worth every penny. If you are interested in the subject, particularly the role the waffen SS played then this book (and all six I bet) will be a sound investment and addition to your collection. Unlike other books on the subject there are a lot of original photos and some quite unusual sences (not just tanks and prisoners of war). If you don't like the fact that there is not enough text, there is very little, then you are missing the point entirely. What the auther has created here is a rich and full pictorial history which tells it's own story without the writtern word, and undoubtedly couldn't be produced in such quality in one single book. Well worth buying.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit pricey but well worth it. 23 Oct 2004
By Michael Meisel - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book based on the reviews and was not disappointed. The fact that most of the photographic history of the Waffen SS on the eastern front has been lost makes this series of books a great find indeed. The quality is certainly top notch.The only thing that bugged me was the fact that the captions at the photos were very basic. You have to go to the end of the book to read a more detailed description. I understand that this was necessary to preserve the format of the book but it took some getting used to. Overall, i was very impressed with the amount of research and attention to detail the author showed and will most likely end up buying the whole series; albeit over a period of time my budget can allow!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Waffen-SS at Work and Play 19 May 2007
By Mr. Truthteller - Published on Amazon.com
Volume 1 of this series contains photos taken by three photo-journalists with the Waffen-SS Propaganda Company. Two of these wartime photographers ("Kriegsberichte") were assigned to the 1st SS Division, Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler. The other was on assignment with the 3rd SS Division, Totenkopf. Thus, this first volume basically contains photos pertaining only to those two divisions. (The same is likely to be true of the other five volumes because of the six photographers who took the photos displayed in all six volumes, three were assigned to the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler Division and the other three were assigned to the Totenkopf Division. As the war ended, an order came down to destroy all photos and negatives in the Waffen-SS propaganda archives. These six volumes are comprised of photos painstakingly reproduced from some contact sheets, depicting 28 rolls of film of action in and around the Kursk tank battle, that somehow survived.)

Volume 1 contains 89 photos in all. About a third or more are reproduced in amazing clarity. The rest are of average to above average quality. The pictures ranges from depictions of the SSLAH attending an outdoor concert to the troops being emplaced or moving out to battle.

Many of the photos are simply stunning. There are photos, for example, of Nebelwerfer rockets being fired and streaking across the sky and a machine gun emplacement showing the machine gun crew wearing their camouflage masks. In many photos you can actually read the cuffbands and clearly see the SS runes and death's head symbol on the soldier's uniforms.

There are a few drawbacks to the book.

First, the publisher crows that the photos in the book are of "unparalled photographic reproduction" and are on high-quality paper to improve the reproduction. Yet this does not appear to be the case. The photos on the front and back covers of the book are also in the book itself, but in both instances the cover photos are much, much sharper and clearer than the same photos in the book.

Second, about one out of seven photos bridges the pages (i.e., runs across two pages) in the book so that you do not get a clear picture of everything in the photo. (There is no excuse for this since the photos only extend an inch or two onto the second page and the publisher could have just made the book a little bigger.)

Third, the captions for each photo are quite sparse, just a short sentence. The back of the book contains additional background information on each picture, if you want to keep flipping back and forth.

Overall, given its rarity well worth the money if you don't mind its flaws and can get it at a substantial discount off the cover price.
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