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12th ss panzer Hitler Jugend,
This review is from: The 12th SS: The History of the Hitler Youth Panzer Division: v. 1 (Stackpole Military History) (Paperback)
Having read a number of books regarding the 12th ss panzer, I have to say that this one is the best. Written by Hubert Mayer , former SS Obersturmbannnfuhrer( lt col) and divisional adjutant, it tells the story of approx 20,000 young men who believed in doing their duty to their country. Taken from the class of 1926, these boys would have been 7 years of age at the time of hitlers rise to power in 1933 , and consequently knew no other political system other than that of national socialism.
Following the disaster of stalingrad , it was decided to raise a division taken from the H J organisation ,most of the officers and nco s were taken from the elite Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler. The boys were trained under the most realistic combat conditions possible ,and were deemed ready for active sevice by may 1944. The 12th ss panzer denied Montgomery the city of caen for 5 weeks , Montgomery setting it as a D Day first day objective. The division was alleged to have shot a number of Canadian P O W S during the first days of combat, whilst this is not disputed I think that it is neieve to imagine that both sides on occasion did not shoot prisoners when they were an inconvenience, or when having been subjected to severe battlefield conditions at an extremly young age.