The Waffen SS: Hitler's Elite Guard at War, 1939-1945

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This landmark study, first published by Cornell University Press in 1966, shows how Hitler's elite army grew from a praetorian guard of barely 28,000 men at the beginning of the Second World War to a combat-hardened army of more than 500,000 in 1945. George H. Stein examines in detail the structure and organization of the Waffen SS and describes the rigid personnel selection and intensive physical, military, and ideological training that helped to create the tough and dedicated cadre around which the larger force of the later war years was built.
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"It is a real pleasure to read a scholarly book which is well written, concise, and most importantly, where the author bases himself solidly upon the most important primary sources. . . . Stein stands out as one who has delved deeply into the captured German documents and used these materials to make a real contribution to our knowledge of the Third Reich."—Journal of Modern History

"This work is a much-needed study of the combat element of Hitler's SS. As part of the SS, the Waffen SS is probably one of the most misconstrued elements of the German armed forces. The author has undoubtedly cleared the air of many of these misconceptions."—Military Library

"This book provides a valuable corrective to the various legends that have grown around the activities of the Waffen SS. . . . Based on a wide range of German archives and published sources, this study is equally informative on the sociological, political, and military implications of the Waffen SS."—Royal United Service Institution Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801492754
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1984
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 366
  • Sales rank: 985,958
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2002

    A premier historical overview of the Waffen SS.

    George Stein weaves an effective and factual explanation of the growth of the Armed SS in the internecine bureaucratic power struggles common to the internal politics of the Third Reich and its dramatic expansion coupled with their battlefield successes. One of the first unemotional overviews of the Armed SS, this book is a necessary starting point for all interested in the inner workings of the Nazi regime and the rise of such military luminaries as Sepp Dietrich, Joachim Peiper, Teddy Wisch and Kurt 'Panzer' Meyer. Though first printed in 1968, its facts and conclusions have stood the test of time, especially in the area of the non- Germanic foreign volunteers and conscripts inducted into the Waffen SS due to its expansion and the associated manpower exigencies experienced after the winter of 1941-42.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2001

    Best book on the Waffen SS

    This book is well written and explains in complete detail and gives an acurate history of the Waffen SS at war. This book discusses the fighting history of the Waffen SS and how they were nothing more than an elite front line force, as opposed to other SS divisions. This book is great for anyone who is interested in WWII history or people who study the events and military forces of Nazi Germany.

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