Waffen-SS at War: Hitler's Praetorians 1925-1945
  • Waffen-SS at War: Hitler's Praetorians 1925-1945
  • Waffen-SS at War: Hitler's Praetorians 1925-1945

Waffen-SS at War: Hitler's Praetorians 1925-1945

by Tim Ripley
     
 

The Schutzstaffel-SS (Protective Squadrons) were the black-uniformed elite corps of the Nazi Party. Founded by Adolf Hitler in April 1925 as a small personal bodyguard, the SS grew with the success of the Nazi movement and, gathering immense police and military powers, became virtually a state within a state. The Waffen-SS (Armed-SS) branch was made up of three

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The Schutzstaffel-SS (Protective Squadrons) were the black-uniformed elite corps of the Nazi Party. Founded by Adolf Hitler in April 1925 as a small personal bodyguard, the SS grew with the success of the Nazi movement and, gathering immense police and military powers, became virtually a state within a state. The Waffen-SS (Armed-SS) branch was made up of three subgroups: the Leibstandarte, Hitler's personal bodyguard; the Totenkopfverbande (Death's Head Battalions), which administered the concentration camps; and the Verfugungstruppen (Disposition Troops), which swelled to 39 divisions in World War II and which, serving as elite combat troops alongside the regular army, gained a reputation for both professionalism and brutality. "Hitler's Praetorians is the complete history of the Third Reich's fighting elite from its humble beginnings to the end in Berlin in May 1945.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760320686
Publisher:
MBI Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/25/2004
Edition description:
First
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.88(w) x 9.75(h) x 1.25(d)

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