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The Last Nazis: SS Werewolf Guerrilla Resistance in Europe 1944-1947 / Edition 1
     

The Last Nazis: SS Werewolf Guerrilla Resistance in Europe 1944-1947 / Edition 1

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by Perry Biddiscombe
 

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ISBN-10: 0752429671

ISBN-13: 9780752429670

Pub. Date: 06/28/2004

Publisher: Tempus Publishing, Limited

Founded by Heinrich Himmler in 1944 when it became clear Germany would be invaded, the Werewolf guerrilla 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

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Founded by Heinrich Himmler in 1944 when it became clear Germany would be invaded, the Werewolf guerrilla 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. Perry Biddiscombe details Werewolf operations against the British, Russians, and fellow Germans, on the Eastern and Western Fronts and in the post-war chaos of Berlin. 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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780752429670
Publisher:
Tempus Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.21(d)

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations7
Preface and acknowledgements9
Introduction11
1The nature of the beast21
2The trouble with werewolves61
3The watch on, before and behind the Rhine93
4Man is wolf to his fellow man127
5Swept by the red tide167
6Werewolves after the fact193
7The wolf hunt233
Maps245
Notes249
Bibliography275
Index277

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The Last Nazis: SS Werewolf Guerrilla Resistance in Europe 1944-1947 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I read this book because I needed to place current events in context with things that happened in the past. Knowing how little I have come to rely upon the mainstream press to present a well defined picture of events as they occur in the world, especially regarding events now transpiring in the Middle East with U.S. military forces, I searched for and found this book to be a very useful tool in expanding my personal knowledge of what the Allies faced at the end of WWII in Germany. The author did a good job of making me aware of the resistance movement that sprang up in Germany near the end of the war and that bedeviled the Allies for a number of years afterwards. I would recommend this book as a good starting point for anyone who sees the insurgency in Iraq and wonders how unique such a thing is. Going back to the mid-1940's, as the author does, it became clearer to me that dealing with an insurgency following the collapse of a country ought not to be considered unusual in light of what we have found to be the case in Iraq. Though there were times I was looking for more detail, this book does a good job of presenting an overview on how an insurgency can grip a country and the people in it in terror.