Viking Panzers: The German 5th SS Tank Regiment in the East in World War IIby Ewald Klapdor
This classic World War II anthology offers unit history of the 5th SS Panzer Regiment, part of the 5th SS Panzer Division "Viking." The unique 5th SS Panzer Division was made up largely of volunteers from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, the Netherlands, and Belgium, serving on the Eastern Front from 1942 to the end of the war, including action at Kharkov… See more details below
This classic World War II anthology offers unit history of the 5th SS Panzer Regiment, part of the 5th SS Panzer Division "Viking." The unique 5th SS Panzer Division was made up largely of volunteers from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, the Netherlands, and Belgium, serving on the Eastern Front from 1942 to the end of the war, including action at Kharkov and Warsaw. Offered for the first time in English, this volume draws heavily from the eyewitness testimonies of the 5th's members and offers incredible insight into World War II.
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Viking Panzers by Ewald Klapdor more or less covers the history of SS Panzer Regt 5 during World War II. Published in English by Stackpole Books, it was originally published in German in the early 1980's. The author was himself a member of the regiment and has written the history using various after action reports and recollections from regiment members including his own. The book begins with the formation of the unit in the Spring of 1942 and follows it throughout its deployment on the Eastern Front through the end of the war. The provides insight into the many battles fought by the regiment and the hardships the troops suffered throughout the war. Unlike many books about SS units, no mention of any politics is made. The author provides good information about the make up of the individual units in the regiment including vehicle types and unit commanders where possible. At times, especially in the chapters covering the Kuban and Don regions, the book is hard to follow as the village names are an alphabet soup of letters. Reading through them could be quite tedious. There are more than 35 maps and 30 photos included in the book. Some of the maps are very difficult to understand as the reproduction quality is poor. This further compounded the difficulty in following some of the village names as mentioned above. In general, I found it to be an enjoyable book as it covers one of the lesser well known armored units of the SS. I recommend this for all armor enthusiasts and those interested in the Eastern Front in particular.
STACKPOLE : VIKING PANZERS The German 5th SS Tank Regiment in the East in World War II Ewald Klapdor Contents : The Activation and Commitment of SS-Panzer Abteilung 5 on the Eastern Front Attack and Pursuit across the Don, The Kuban, and the Terek Retreat and Defense between the Manytsch and the Don Defensive Operations between the Donez and the Djneper In the Pocket Battles between the Djneper and the Bug; out of the Djneper Line and into the Tscherkassy Pocket Between Brest Litowsk and Warsaw The First Battle of Warsaw The Second Battle of Warsaw Fighting in the "Wet Triangle" The Development of the Military Situation along the Danube from August to December 1944 The Final Fighting The 5th SS~Panzer Regiment was raised out of Scandinavian Anticommunists and from other parts of Europe. As the spearhead of the 5th SS Division Wiking armed with the formidable Panther Tank, rank among the most Elite of the Waffen SS Divisions. The Author served in the Division and became Kampfgruppe Kommander. There were 14 Knights Cross holders clashing in battles in the East. This book is written from the Men that were there. In the Belly of the Beast slugging it out with the Soviets through the Ukraine, Caucuses, near Karkov and in the Tscherkassy pocket! They destroyed a Soviet Tank Division in Warsaw & tried unsuccessfully to defend Budapest, with the survivors surrendering to the Americans in Austria in May 1945. Battle field maps and photos from members of the Division are all through the book giving you a clear look at the Battlefield & putting the faces with the names from this auspicious and highly decorated SS Panzer Division. The exploits are written from the Authors point of view as well as others that were in the division giving you a very detailed and "in your face" commentary that keep you on the edge of your seat! With very little in print on the final days on the Eastern Front especially on the events that took place in Hungry and Czechoslovakia this book answers many of the question on this key Division. This book clocks in at 474 pages with dozens of maps & photographs. A must have for any German Armor historian or modeler wanting to learn more of what happened on the Eastern Front in this Highly decorated Division. Erik Roberson