In Final Defense of the Reich: The Destruction of the 6th SS Mountain Division ''Nord''

In Final Defense of the Reich: The Destruction of the 6th SS Mountain Division ''Nord''

by Stephen M. Rusiecki
     
 

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In April 1945, the American 71st Infantry Division exacted the final vestiges of life from the Reich's 6th SS Mountain Division in central Germany. This analysis of the battle demonstrates that the Wehrmacht's last gasp on the Western Front was anything but a whimper as some historians charge. Instead, Stephen Rusiecki argues, the Nazis fought to exact every last

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In April 1945, the American 71st Infantry Division exacted the final vestiges of life from the Reich's 6th SS Mountain Division in central Germany. This analysis of the battle demonstrates that the Wehrmacht's last gasp on the Western Front was anything but a whimper as some historians charge. Instead, Stephen Rusiecki argues, the Nazis fought to exact every last bit of pain possible. The book follows the histories of both the German and American divisions from their inceptions until their fateful confrontation and serves as a testament to the human experience in war, from the perspective of the soldiers and the civilians who suffered the brunt of the fighting.

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"Rusiecki's work is an excellent complement to anyone's library, and, as an addition to professional military literature writ large, it is highly recommended."Army History
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By April 1945, the final result of World War II was inescapable, but the German state continued to resist the tidal wave of soldiers, machines, and supplies that the Allies possessed. The author follows both the sixth SS division and its last foe, the American 71st Infantry, from their inception to their last confrontation. The book's value is that, unlike more general histories, it follows two rather limited and well-defined units in great detail as they reach the climax of their missions. For serious enthusiasts and larger World War II collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591147442
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Pages:
439
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Lt. Col. Stephen M. Rusiecki, USA (Ret.), is Dean of Academics and Deputy Commandant of the U.S. Army Inspector General School at Fort Belvoir, VA. A resident of Dumfries, VA., he is also the author of a book on the Battle for Losheimergraben.

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