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Collecting Colditz and its Secrets. Booker. Collecting Colditz and its Secrets. Booker.

Over forty years of research has resulted in this exceptional photographic history of life within Colditz Castle, the infamous Second World War prisoner of war camp in Germany, which housed such illustrious names as Douglas Bader, Lorne Welch, Micky Burns and Jack Best. Michael Booker has accumulated a wealth of information from talking to ex-POWs, as well as the German commandant Prawitt and the head of security Captain Eggers. He relates fascinating and hitherto unpublished stories of British, Polish and French prisoners, and their many and varied attempts to escape. In addition, he has amassed a large collection of artefacts and memorabilia, some never seen before, many of which are reproduced throughout this book. Personal recollections abound, and characters like Pat Reid, Dick Howe and Sir Rupert Barry offer their insight into camp activities. This entire collection, sumptuously illustrated, stands as a testament to those who were incarcerated there and is a valuable reference on the subject

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Nazi Buckles: Psychology and the Fighting Spirit. Cowdery. Nazi Buckles: Psychology and the Fighting Spirit. Cowdery.

Nazi Buckles: Psychology and The Fighting Spirit, by Ray Cowdery. Excellent book on the German buckles of WWII, how they were made, non-military buckles, Nazi Regalia in Russia, divisions of the German Reich, the RzM and it's buckle manufacturers trademarks and current German buckle manufacturers. Excellent glossary, abbreviations, runic alphabet, bibliography and military museums. Numerous colour and black and white photos. Superb book for the buckle collector.

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Guns of the Elite Forces. Walter. Guns of the Elite Forces. Walter.

An authoritative guide to the guns used by elite forces Fully illustrated with photographs and diagrams Written by a world authority on firearms The war against terrorism continues. Hardly a day goes by without the report of a new outrage. Foremost in the struggle against terrorism are the Special Forces. Guns of the Elite Forces provides a penetrating account of the weapons that elite fighting troops carry into combat. Such elites have always existed in the armies of the world. During World War II, elite units sprang up in most theatres of conflict - the German Brandenburgers carried out clandestine operations in Poland; in the Western Desert, the Long Range Desert Group and SAS penetrated deep behind enemy lines; for larger-scale raids the British Commandos and the US Rangers and Marine Raiders were formed. From 1945, the Special Forces continued to prove their value, operating as small numbers of highly trained fighters carrying out precision tasks to maximum effect and minimum cost in human lives. These qualities have proved essential in the ongoing war against international terrorism, where the risk to non-combatants is a major factor to consider. In the last few decades, and particularly since 9/11, a very special sort of fighting man - a member of an international elite, his fighting skills finely honed - has risen to prominence. At Entebbe, Mogadishu and the Iranian Embassy in London, he has shown his mettle. At the crucial point, the operative must depend upon his gun. Bursting into a room to confront a terrorist, the raider must be sure his weapon will perform perfectly. At long range, precision is similarly essential. In this illustrated book, expert John Walter provides an overview of the weapons elite forces carry into action, as well as the guns their enemies wield. John Walter is the acclaimed author of a number of books including Military Rifles of Two World Wars, Military Handguns of Two World Wars, The Greenhill Dictionary of Guns and Gunmakers, Guns of the Third Reich and The Luger Story.

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Ãœber die Zeiten fort : d. Gesicht e. Jugend im Aufgang und. Untergang ; Wertung, Deutung, Erscheinung. Über die Zeiten fort : d. Gesicht e. Jugend im Aufgang und. Untergang ; Wertung, Deutung, Erscheinung.

Über die Zeiten fort : d. Gesicht e. Jugend im Aufgang und. Untergang ; Wertung, Deutung, Erscheinung.
Translation -
About the times away The face of a youth in rise and fall Evaluation Interpretation Appearance Illustrated.

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Luftwaffe Field and Flak Divisions. Kirchubel, Zgonnik. Luftwaffe Field and Flak Divisions. Kirchubel, Zgonnik.

Describes in text and dozens of black & white photos and colour plate illustrations, the history of the German Air Force Field Divisions.

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Waffen-SS in Action.Rottman, Bujeiro. Waffen-SS in Action.Rottman, Bujeiro.

Irrespective of ethical issues, the Waffen-SS remains a topic of acute interest to many interested in WWII history. Indeed, the runic SS insignia is a symbol that is instantly recognisable worldwide. This formation began as the Schutzstaffel der NSDAP in 1925. It was dedicated to protecting the Nazi leadership, and indeed the name Schutzstaffel (shortened to SS) means "Protection Service". This politicised unit grew into a complete armed force, the Waffen-SS, three months after the commencement of WWII. It developed in strength and capability thanks to the superior training and equipment that was directed its way. The Waffen-SS spawned such famous divisions as the Leibstandarte-SS "Adolf Hitler" (LSSAH), 3.SS-Panzer-Division "Totenkopf", and 2.SS-Panzer-Division "Das Reich". These were some of the best fighting formations fielded by Germany in WWII. As the war progressed, foreigners were pressed into service in units like SS-Gebirgs-Division "Nord" and 5.SS-Panzer-Division "Wiking". By the end of 1943, a total of 247,000 men were serving in this famous armed force, and by the close of hostilities in 1945 it totalled 800,000 men in 38 divisions!
This new book from prolific writer Gordon Rottman offers a photographic survey of Waffen-SS fighting men. The series of black and white photos range from the early-war period right through to the last desperate days of 1945. Readers will find a veritable potpourri of interesting uniform, weapons and equipment on display. Even heavier equipment like antitank guns and StuG III assault guns is included too. Each clearly reproduced photo is accompanied by a descriptive caption providing insights pertinent to the Waffen-SS.
This volume opens with a concise description of how the Waffen-SS was created and how it developed. The central four pages also contain colour plates by artist Ramiro Bujeiro. These show soldiers in typical uniforms and personal gear. This book is a welcome addition to Concord's Warrior series, and it fills an important niche in the coverage of WWII fighting men.

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German Luftwaffe Flight Headgear of World War II: A Collector's Guide. Skotte. German Luftwaffe Flight Headgear of World War II: A Collector's Guide. Skotte.

Covers in detail the development of German WWII flight headgear. Many B&W photographs of Leather helmets, steel helmets, goggles and oxygen masks as used by the German Luftwaffe. Lots of specifications and detail on every piece.

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Gestapo : Instrument of Tyranny. Crankshaw Gestapo : Instrument of Tyranny. Crankshaw

The sinister Gestapo planted its evil roots in the 1930s but it was during the horror of World War II that this notorious organization became identified as the Nazis' leading instrument of repression.Edward Crankshaw provides an authoritative overview of the organization, examining the trail of destruction it blazed across Europe, looking at its structures and its rivalries with other police organizations, and revealing the struggle for power within the Gestapo's nefarious bureau. As this brilliant book makes compellingly clear, the Gestapo grew. It sought out resistance brutally suppressing it with torture and execution used repression to deter opposition, filled the concentration camps with political opponents and ethnic 'undesirables,' and actively sought to promote the Nazi state's perverse policies.

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Auschwitz and Birkenau (Images Of War). Baxter. Auschwitz and Birkenau (Images Of War). Baxter.

Auschwitz and Birkenau were separated from each other by about a 45-minute walk. Auschwitz was adapted to hold political prisoners in 1940 and evolved into a killing machine in 1941. Later that year a new site called Birkenau was found to extend the Auschwitz complex. Here a vast complex of buildings were constructed to hold initially Russian POWs and later Jews as a labour pool for the surrounding industries including IG Farben. Following the January 1943 Wannsee Conference, Birkenau evolved into a murder factory using makeshift houses which were adapted to kill Jews and Russian POWs. Later due to sheer volume Birkenau evolved into a mass killing machine using gas chambers and crematoria, while Auschwitz, which still held prisoners, became the administrative centre.
The images show first Auschwitz main camp and then Birkenau and are carefully chosen to illustrate specific areas, like the Women’s Camp, Gypsy Camp, SS quarters, Commandant’s House, railway disembarkation, the ‘sauna’, disinfection area and the Crematoria. Maps covering Auschwitz and Birkenau explain the layout
This book is shocking proof of the scale of the Holocaust.

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The War Against Hitler: Military Strategy In The West. Nofi. The War Against Hitler: Military Strategy In The West. Nofi.

Renowned historian and military commentator Albert A. Nofi brings together for the first time in paperback a series of hard-hitting essays on World War II's most pivotal campaigns; clear, concise and packed with information.

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F W Assmann and Sohne Catalogue F W Assmann and Sohne Catalogue

Facsimile reprint of the F.W. Assmann & Sohne catalogue provides a wealth of info on id and use on 100's of items produced by this well-known firm. Full line of cap& uniform insignia, medals, badges, gorgets, belt buckles, dagger hanger hardware, buttons, & other accouterments are illustrated & described for the Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Heer, Polizei, SS, and all other branches of the NSDAP in this invaluable 3rd Reich catalogue.

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Waffen-SS. Elite Forces 2. Hook, Sharpe, Davis Waffen-SS. Elite Forces 2. Hook, Sharpe, Davis

Two famed German panzer units both of which saw extensive action on the Eastern Front during World War II are analysed in fascinating detail in this heavily illustrated book. The first, Hohenstaufen, the 9th SS Panzer Division, was named after the house of the medieval Emperor Frederick II. The division fought on the Eastern Front in spring 1944 before moving to the west in June. Fighting first around Caen and then in the battle to keep the neck of the Falaise Pocket open, the division acquitted itself well, and continued to do so in the retreat through France and Belgium. Ordered for a refit at Arnhem, it arrived there on 9 September, ten days before ?Market Garden? started. Hohenstaufen was the unit that was instrumental in keeping the advancing Allied thrust from making contact with British 1st Airborne Division in Arnhem. In reserve for the Battle of the Bulge, the division was committed to assist in the capture of Bastogne. Sent to Hungary in February 1945, Hohenstaufen fought against the Red Army up till its surrender to the Americans on 8 May 1945. The other unit, Grossdeutschland, often referred to as Guderians Eastern Front elite force, was formed in 1939 as a motorised infantry regiment, and ended World War II as a panzer corps. It fought in France and the Balkans, and from 1941 as an elite unit exclusively on the Eastern Front at first under Guderians 2nd Panzer Army and later, combined with the Brandenburg Division, defending East Prussia as the Panzer Corps Grossdeutschland. Its key battles included the great encircling operations in the early days of Operation Barbarossa, the final thrust to Moscow as part of Operation Typhoon, Kharkov, and Kursk. Grossdeutschland was one of the most important units in the German order of battle and was involved in some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

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Big Business and Hitler. Pauwels. Big Business and Hitler. Pauwels.

For big business in Germany and around the world, Hitler and his National Socialist party were good news. Business was bad in the 1930s, and for multinational corporations Germany was a bright spot in a world suffering from the Great Depression. As Jacques R. Pauwels explains in this book, corporations were delighted with the profits that came from re-arming Germany, and then supplying both sides of the Second World War.Recent historical research in Germany has laid bare the links between Hitler's regime and big German firms. Scholars have now also documented the role of American firms — General Motors, IBM, Standard Oil, Ford, and many others — whose German subsidiaries eagerly sold equipment, weapons, and fuel needed for the German war machine. A key roadblock to America's late entry into the Second World War was behind-the-scenes pressure from US corporations seeking to protect their profitable business selling to both sides.Basing his work on the recent findings of scholars in many European countries and the US, Pauwels explains how Hitler gained and held the support of powerful business interests who found the well-liked one-party fascist government, ready and willing to protect the property and profits of big business. He documents the role of the many multinationals in business today who supported Hitler and gained from the Nazi government's horrendous measures.

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Encyclopedia of the Third Reich. Snyder. Encyclopedia of the Third Reich. Snyder.

This reference book covers the rise of National Socialism to the fall of the Third Reich in May 1945, and also carries selected entries on the Weimar Republic which proceeded Hitler and on the Bonn Republic which succeeded him.

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German Belt Buckles 1919-1945 rev edn. Reid,  Nauer, German Belt Buckles 1919-1945 rev edn. Reid, Nauer,

GERMAN BELT BUCKLES 1847-1945 – An Illustrated History by Thomas Reid , Lancer Militaria, AK, 1989. Illustrated with detailed black-and-white line drawings, an in-depth definitive guide to German belt buckles made between 1847-1945 including trademarks and product codes. Chapter I: Introduction ; Chapter II: The History of the German Belt Buckle : Producers and Manufacturing, Regulation and Technical Control, Questions and Authenticity, Outline of Historical Events (Chronology). Chapter III: Buckles of the Imperial Period (1846-1918) : Prussian, Bavaria, Saxony and Wuerttemberg; Minor Principalities. Chapter IV: The Weimar Republic (1919-32) : Para-military and Political Organizations; Civilian and Souvenir Items (1919-45); Government Organizations. Chapter V: The Third Reich (1933-45) : Military Organizations, Political Organizations, Civil Government and Werkschutz, Allied Foreign Nazi Political and Military Forces. Chapter VI: Appendix : Manufacturers Prior to1918 (Production ceased ca. 1920), Trademarks and Product Codes, RZM Codes (May 1933 to march 1935), RZM Codes (March 1935 to May 1945), Manufacturers Without RZM Contracts 1933-45, Chronology of the Assmann and Soehne Catalogs, Bibliography, Glossary of Select Vocabulary, Common Abbreviations and Technical Data, General Regulations Governing RZM License Holders; and Buckles Subject to RZM Control.

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Detecting the Fakes. Lumsden. Detecting the Fakes. Lumsden.

The Waffen-SS continues to hold a position of unique interest, and this title, first published in 1994, offers guidance to collectors and others on the subject of their uniforms and insignia. An invaluable reference which provides a graphic selection of wartime photographs showing genuine and original uniforms.

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Third Reich Collectibles. William. Third Reich Collectibles. William.

The rise and fall of Germany's Third Reich is one of the most studied, investigated and collected episodes of military history. A reign of terror that rose to near world domination during the 1930s and early 1940s, Adolph Hitler's Germany continues to fascinate generations of scholars and students of history alike.The Third Reich's insatiable drumbeat of pageantry and propaganda produced countless uniforms, insignia, medals, flags, daggers, swords, and headgear, comprising one of the most desired categories in all of military collectibles to study, understand and own.Groundbreaking in scope and execution, "Third Reich Collectibles" features more than 1,300 color images with descriptions and values for: Uniforms, Helmets, Headgear. Flags, Badges, Membership pins, Patches, Armbands, Firearms, Blades, Equipment, Paper, IDs, Signage and more associated with the military and paramilitary groups of the Third Reich throughout the book you'll also find historical background information and period photographs capturing everyday Nazi Germany.

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Red Baron. A complete review in history and miniature. Alvarez. Red Baron. A complete review in history and miniature. Alvarez.

A complete review of von Richthofen in history and miniature. Illustrated history and modelling guide for the formidable Red Baron and his celebrated Fokker Dr I triplane.
Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (1892 – 1918) was the infamous German fighter pilot known as the "Red Baron". He was the most successful flying ace during World War I, who served with the Imperial German Army Air Service and was officially credited with 80 confirmed victories in air combat.
This book is a fascinating historical profile of the German ace, who is most associated with flying the celebrated Fokker Dr.I triplane, the distinctive three-winged aircraft painted red. Coloured profiles of Red Baron’s red aircraft are included in the work, with supporting rare historical photographs, and a how-to guide for assembling and painting the plane and a Richthofen figure step-by-step, as well as 4 full pages with the plans of the Fokker Dr I

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Estonians in the Waffen. Michaelis. Estonians in the Waffen. Michaelis.

When German troops entered Estonia in the summer of 1941 they were welcomed by the Estonians. Thousands of Estonians wanted to take part in the war against Russia. Besides the Schutzmannschaften of German Police in 1942 Himmler started to build up an Estonian SS-Volunteer Brigade which became later the 20. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (estnische Nr. 1). They fought most notably at the Narwa-Front, and later in Silesia.

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Ukrainians in the Waffen-SS. Michaelis Ukrainians in the Waffen-SS. Michaelis

With the beginning of the Operation Barbarossa more than 100,000 Ukrainians volunteered for the fight against Stalin and communism. These volunteers were put into Schutzmannschafts-Bataillone under the control of the German Police. After Stalingrad however, Ukrainians were allowed to build up a division sized unit for the frontline. Around 15,000 Ukrainians were drafted and their first combat was at the Brody front in Galicia in summer 1944.

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SS-Fallschirmjager-bataillon 500/600. Michaelis. SS-Fallschirmjager-bataillon 500/600. Michaelis.

This book is the history of the only Fallschirmjager-Bataillon of the Waffen-SS during World War II. Formed in 1943 as a Bewahrungsverband for special missions (guerrilla operations in the Balkans) the unit was deployed at many focal points of heavy combat on the eastern and western fronts. Nearly destroyed at the Schwedt and Alt-Kustrinchen bridgeheads, the remainder pulled back to the west over Parchim at the end of April 1945 and entered U.S. captivity in May 1945. This is their story, including extremely rare photographs.

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Russians in the Waffen-SS.  Michaelis Russians in the Waffen-SS. Michaelis

From summer 1941, some 100,000 Russians served in the German Wehrmacht, mostly as so called Schutzmannschaften under the command of the German Police (Höhere SS- und Polizeiführer) in the eastern occupied areas. The most famous unit was the Brigade Kaminski, established by Bronislav Kaminski in the summer of 1941. In 1944 it became the Waffen-Sturmbrigade der SS “Rona” later the 29. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS “Rona” (russische Nr.1). A second division was later established from various Schutzmannschafts-Bataillonen and was designated 30. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (russische Nr.2).

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Nazi Millionaires. The Allied Search for Hidden SS Gold. Alford, Savas. Nazi Millionaires. The Allied Search for Hidden SS Gold. Alford, Savas.

During the final days of World War II, German SS officers crammed trains, cars, and trucks full of gold, currency, and jewels, and headed for the mountains of Austria. Fearful of arrest and determined to keep the stolen loot out of Allied hands, they concealed their treasures and fled. Most of these men were eventually apprehended, but many managed to evade capture. The intensive postwar Allied investigation that followed recovered only a sliver of this mountain of gold. What happened to the rest of it, and what fate befell these men? Authors Alford and Savas answer these questions and many more in this fast-paced and well-written new book. Their groundbreaking study is based upon thousands of pages of previously unpublished and recently declassified documents. The result is a fresh and absolutely original reading experience that offers insights into the minds and methods of these SS thieves, the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA) within which they labored, how they achieved their positions of near-absolute power, the complex Allied investigation into their activities, and what happened to the vast sums of wealth they looted from Europe's Jews. Nazi Millionaires deftly captures the high drama surrounding these men and women and the secrets they carried with them during the closing days of World War II - and in some cases, to the grave. It is a remarkable tale of greed, lust, fraud, deceit, treachery, and murder. And it is one you will long remember. About the Authors: Kenneth D. Alford, of Richmond, Virginia, is the author of Great Treasure Stories of World War II and The Spoils of World War II. Theodore P. Savas has written or edited a dozen books, including Silent Hunters: German U-Boat Commanders of World War II. He lives in El Dorado Hills, California.

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German U-Boat Ace Rolf Mützelburg: The Patrols of U-203 in World War II. Braeuer. German U-Boat Ace Rolf Mützelburg: The Patrols of U-203 in World War II. Braeuer.

German naval officer Rolf Mützelburg was one of the outstanding figures of the WWII German U-boat arm. After obtaining regular successes against the North Atlantic convoys during his first four missions, he found new victims directly along the shores of Canada. Mützelburg received the highest decorations of the period and became one of the top U-boat aces. Furthermore, he shared with Adalbert Schnee, Teddy Suhren, and Erich Topp, the rare privilege of being affectionately nicknamed by Admiral Dönitz as “The Four Aces.” The discovery of a photo album from a U-203 crew member, complemented by images sourced at the U-Boat Archive at Cuxhaven, allows us to illustrate the astonishing history of this U-boat with 240 photographs and documents. The eleven combat missions of U-203 are precisely described thanks to numerous maps and sketches and the complete translation of its logbook.

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Geklebte NS-Propaganda. Verführung und Manipulation durch das Plakat. Witamwas. Geklebte NS-Propaganda. Verführung und Manipulation durch das Plakat. Witamwas.

Geklebte Ns-Propaganda : Verführung Und Manipulation Durch Das Plakat
German Text

Translation - Pasted Nazi propaganda
Joseph Goebbels merely described the prevailing situation in the streets of the Weimar Republic when he noted in his diary in November 1929: "Everything floats in election posters." Since the poster was an integral part of the streetscape in the Weimar Republic and during the Nazi dictatorship , it contributed significantly to the formation of opinion, but also to the National Socialist ideologization of the citizens. The publication therefore examines the ideological aesthetics of National Socialism, the meaning, the means of design and the pictorial messages of the Nazi posters

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Look to Germany. McClatchie. Look to Germany. McClatchie.

A letter-perfect reprint of the 1937 English language edition of American Staley McClatchie's book which was published in Germany by Adolph Hitler's photographer Heinrich Hoffman. This book has 248 pages and contains over 300 photographs.

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Masters of Ceremony Masters of Ceremony

A photo documentary of the Nazi ceremonies in celebration of Reichs Pary Day Großdeutschland at Nürnberg in 1938, and Hitler's 50th birthday celebration at Berlin in 1939. All photo captions in English and German.

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German Pistols and Holsters 1934 / 1945 Military - Police - NSDAP.  Vol 1 Whittington German Pistols and Holsters 1934 / 1945 Military - Police - NSDAP. Vol 1 Whittington

4th Printing 1985
Smaller format
Describes the various makes and models of German pistols during the Hitler era. Numerous b/w illustrations. 224 pages including contents and list of illustrations.

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The 11th SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Nordland”Michaelis The 11th SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Nordland”Michaelis

Several thousand ethnic Germans in Romania, (the so called Volksdeutscher) were drafted into the Waffen-SS in 1943. With these new troops Himmler built up the new 11th Waffen-SS Division. To fill the ranks Division “Nordland” also took over battalion strength units from Denmark and Norway, though ninety percent of the division were Volksdeutsche from Romania. They were first used in combat in Croatia, the Oranienbaumer, Estonia, and Latvia. After the Soviet attack in Pomerania they fought in Berlin and were destroyed there.

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U-Boat Emblems of World War II. Högel U-Boat Emblems of World War II. Högel

Georg Högel, a former U-boat sailor who saw service in World War II, experienced the origin of these emblems of the U-boat service. In this book he keeps alive the memory of the legendary, sometimes very original and unforgotten emblems of German U-boats. The author has been able to collect numerous emblems, coats of arms and markings during long years of painstaking, detailed work, in memory of some 30,000 German U-boatmen, more than 80% of those who served on these boats, who were lost in the war. The brief chronicles and excerpts from first-person memoirs make the history of the German U-boats come alive in an impressive way, and documents the background of their existence. In the current edition, the newest source materials have been included, so that many hitherto unpublished emblems, coats of arms and markings are presented for the first time.

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