Concord Publications 6535 The Waffen SS in Russia 1941-1944Fowler. The Waffen SS holds an enduring fascination and this book focuses on these units on the Eastern Front. After the initial giddy successes subsequent to the 1941 invasion of Russia, the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS both eventually ran out of steam at the very gates of Moscow. The SS had grown from a force of 141,975 fighting men in September 1942 to 280,000 soldiers a year later. This statistic illustrates the importance attached to the formation, and how resources for it were prioritized. New divisions with names like 'Nordland' and 'Wiking' were established, joining others like 'Totenkopf' and 'Das Reich'. However, the ability of the Waffen SS to extinguish hotspots could only delay Germany's inevitable defeat. This book traces the exploits of these elite soldiers in all areas of the Russian frontline and in all kinds of weather conditions with all manner of equipment and weapons. Illustrated with 135 b/w photos and 4 color plates; 52 pages.
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