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The SS Dirlewanger Brigade
The SS Dirlewanger Brigade
by Christian Ingra
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.37

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting take on a badly covered subject, 17 April 2012
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IMHO Better than the one * given to it here. There is only one decent source on Direlwanger in English and that is "The Cruel Hunters" by Maclean The Cruel Hunters - S.S.Sonderkommando Dirlewanger: Hitler's Most Notorious Anti-Partisan Unit (Schiffer Military History). I also have that and feel this book complements it well. I would say that the early period is not brillianly covered but that is down to a genuine lack of source material. This book still has more than Maclean on that time and covers the history of the unit well and fills some gaps. It is not a list of actions and accounts (but watch "Come and See" and you will know all you need to about it's modus operandi Come and See [DVD]) and I don't think a list and details of it's countless atrocities would help. It does have some good personal stuff and I found that interesting and also info on the period when it was a Waffen SS "Division".

On the downside it can be a hard read, partly due to the psychological analysis and partly due to the fact it was not written in English. I'm not criticising the translation but it can be dry at times. I'm not sure I agree with all the authors conclusions but there are interesting theories put forward and they are well worth considering.

It could have scored higher with more detail but bearing in mind the size of the unit (at the start it's no more than 150 men in an Army of pushing 2 million on the Eastern Front) I don't know if that information actually exists.

A hard read but overall worth the effort.
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Mechanized Juggernaut or Military Anachronism: Horses and the German Army of World War II (Stackpole Military History)
Mechanized Juggernaut or Military Anachronism: Horses and the German Army of World War II (Stackpole Military History)
by Robert L. DiNardo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.50

5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, 17 April 2012
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This book could be a real eye opener for some. It is even now not realised how totally dependant on the horse the German Infantry was in WWII. This book explains in some detail how the myth came about and was perpetuated. It then explains how and why Germany went down the route of an Army so reliant on horse drawn transport. Then with many examples it goes through the major campaigns and the use and impact of horse drawn transport in them.

If you didn't know that Hitlers Army invaded Russia with more horses than Napoleon this is a must read book.


Korsun Pocket: The Encirclement and Breakout of a German Army in the East, 1944
Korsun Pocket: The Encirclement and Breakout of a German Army in the East, 1944
Price: £12.34

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book., 17 April 2012
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I am a little suprised at two comments in other reviews.

1 Korsun was a little known battle ?!

This suprised me, I had long known about the battles at Cherkassy/Korsun (depending on your national viewpoint). But as a wargamer it may be because of the board games available on the subject and I've played.

2 A reviewer complained the book contained little in the way of individual accounts and the flavour of the battle on the ground. That may be a valid comment but this isn't that kind of book and anyone knowing Zetterling and his excellent attention to detail in orders of battles (Normandy 1944: German Military Organization, Combat Power and Organizational Effectiveness) and statistical info (Kursk 1943: A Statistical Analysis (Soviet (Russian) Study of War))would know this.

So warning, if you want to know how Rottenfuhrer Schultz felt and what he saw on January 31st 1944 it's possibly not the book for you. However if like me you want to know how many Stug III's 5th SS had and how many were serviceable before the attack on ..... this is the book for you.

I found it well researched and detailed with enough personal stuff to keep me interested with the detail on tactics, battles and statistics that I love and want in a book. Be warned though the maps aren't great and on the kindle version are difficult. To truly follow the intricacies of some of it a good map of the area with German and Russian names will help. This was however all that stopped me giving this book a 5*.

Great value on the kindle and nice to see some well researched WWII stuff becoming available on the platform.


Under Himmler's Command: The Personal Recollections of Oberst Hans-Georg Eismann, Operations Officer, Army Group Vistula, Eastern Front, 1945 (Wwii ... # 2) (Helion WWII German Military Studies)
Under Himmler's Command: The Personal Recollections of Oberst Hans-Georg Eismann, Operations Officer, Army Group Vistula, Eastern Front, 1945 (Wwii ... # 2) (Helion WWII German Military Studies)
by Hans-Georg Eismann
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £21.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique view of higher level command in the German Army, 13 April 2012
An interesting take on an obscure subject. Now this is the account of an operations officer. Don't expect blood curdling accounts of life in the trenches. This is the story of a professional staff soldier battling against the total chaos and final collapse of the German Army. It shows how the Army was literally falling apart in early 45, the total fantasy world lived in by the higher echelons of the Nazi party and the staggering incompetence of Himmler who eventually takes to his sick bed and hides. In places the translation makes a dry subject even drier but overall I still thought it was great value for my money.


Combat History of the 23rd Panzer Division in World War II
Combat History of the 23rd Panzer Division in World War II
by Ernst Rebentisch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.90

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well pleased., 13 April 2012
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Only a part review as it only arrived today but I'm staggered by this book. The sheer weight of it is unreal, 500+ pages packed with photographs and the maps! I hate books with poor maps, this one has so many and of great detail. I have had a quick scan but the first impression is that this book represents fabulous value. I will update when I have completed reading it.
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Twilight of the Gods: A Swedish Waffen-SS Volunteer's Experiences with the 11th SS-Panzergrenadier Division 'Nordland', Eastern Front 1944-45: A Swedish ... Division Nordland, Eastern Front 1944-45
Twilight of the Gods: A Swedish Waffen-SS Volunteer's Experiences with the 11th SS-Panzergrenadier Division 'Nordland', Eastern Front 1944-45: A Swedish ... Division Nordland, Eastern Front 1944-45
Price: £9.35

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Twilight of the Gods: A Swedish Waffen-SS Volunteer's Experiences with the 11th SS-Panzergrenadier Division 'Nordland', Eastern, 4 Mar. 2012
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If you're looking for a personal account of the bitter fighting on the Eastern Front then this is for you. But(and for me it's a big but)some of the comments are a bit too Sven Hassel and apologistic for me. He only seems to have fought Asiatics and the casual racism is possibly down to the translation or more likely an example of the times it reflects (not sure why I expect a member of the SS to not be racist to a degree). There are several statements about slave labourers and how they were better off being saved from Stalin by the Nazi's and brought to live in harsh but eminently better conditions in the slave camps. I found this kind of subtle (and often not so subtle) "we were the first European army saving Europe from the Asiatic barbarian Red hordes" a little wearing after a while. I'm sure he believed it (he was a volunteer after all) but I don't.

Accounts of day to day life in the SS are not that common and there is lots that is good here but the authors views presented as historical truth left me with a nasty taste in my mouth sometimes.


Meuse First and Then Antwerp
Meuse First and Then Antwerp
by Michail Schadewitz
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History of 150 Panzer Brigade, 7 Aug. 2010
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After battling with the idea of spending this much on this book I finally caved in and bought a copy. My advice to you is don't wait. This is a magnificent work, detailed and well sourced it traces the formation, deployment and use of this misunderstood unit. Most Bulge works or Skorzeny bio's only hint at this episode and some are down right misleading. Not this one. if you are in any way interested in 150 Brigade, or to a lesser degree the whole North flank of the Bulge buy this book.


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