Originating in Hitler's personal bodyguard, the Waffen-SS was expanded as a fourth branch of the Wermacht and became regarded as the tough elite of the German Armed Forces. Known as Hitler's `Asphalt Soldiers' they fought on all main battle-fronts, but most notably in the East against the Soviet Union. Gordon Williamson describes the organisation, equipment, tactics and personalities of the Waffen-SS in the Second World War. The author has travelled to Germany to interview numerous surviving Waffen-SS soldiers and corresponded with many others, obtaining first-hand accounts of their wartime experiences.
|Publication date:||1st July 2010|
|Publisher:||The History Press Ltd|
|Categories:||Second World War, European history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,|
GORDON WILLIAMSON is a military historian and enthusiast who has had more than thirty books published on aspects of Third Reich military history, and some fifty articles in military and collector magazines in the UK, USA and Germany. Gordon is now retired and lives in Scotland.More About Gordon Williamson