- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: The History Press; 1st Edition edition (5 Oct. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752417932
- ISBN-13: 978-0752417936
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 24.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,117,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Last Nazis: SS Werewolf Guerrilla Resistance in Europe 1944-1947 Hardcover – 5 Oct 2000
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A GROUND-BREAKING OPERATIONAL HISTORY OF THE SHADOWY WEREWOLF GUERRILA BANDS FORMED AS THE LAST DESPERATE DEFENCE OF NAZISM.
Founded by Heinrich Himmler in 1944 when it became clear Germany would be invaded, the Werewolf guerrila movement was given the task of slowing down the Allied advance to allow time for the success of negotiations or 'wonder weapons'.
Staying behind in territory occupied by the Allies, its mission was to carry out acts of sabotage, arson and assassination, both of enemy troops and of 'defeatist' Germans. The zeal of the young guerrilas left a great impression on occupying troops and the partisans' tactics of poisoning food, stringing wires across roads and carrying out summary executions added thousands to the casualty total of the bloodiest war in history. In eastern Germany, the partisans were ruthlessly hunted down, yet the USSR remained conscious of the Werewolf threat well into the 1950s.
Perry Biddiscombe has researched the movement exhaustively, and details Werewolf operations against the British, Russians and fellow Germans, on the Eastern and Western Fronts and in the post-war chaos of Berlin. He studies the Allie's response to the real and perceived threat from the guerrillas and the collapse of the movement in a newly fledged democratic Germany.
Giving the lie to the established story of a cowed German population meekly submitting to defeat, this is a fascinating insight into what has been described as 'the death scream of the Nazi regime'.
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The author covers various aspects of the Werewolf resistance movement, including training and organisation (or lack of it), various operations carried out during wartime and after hostilities had officially finished, and the attitudes and motivations of various parties involved.
Some of the descriptions of the actions carried out are really involving and it has to be said exciting, although at points I got a bit bored of a writing style that sometimes just seems to list numerous stories very similar in nature, one after the other...eg. 'yet another Werewolf group operating at this time...' . But this is a minor gripe about a book that that generally does a lot to bring to light an often unexplored period of history. Recommended.
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Solution? Easy. Jump around. Read about the Werwolf exploits, then their mottled command structure.
Final word is, if you are interested in or ever wanted to discover more about the Nazi guerilla movement I highly recommend this book. There are plenty of great, well documented stories of the insurgents and their methods. They just surface a bit later in the book.