Hitler's Boy Soldiers: The Hitler Jugend Story

Hitler's Boy Soldiers: The Hitler Jugend Story

by Hans Seidler


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Hitler's Boy Soldiers: The Hitler Jugend Story by Hans Seidler

Founded in 1922 the Hitler Youth movement was the second oldest Nazi group. Comprising male youths aged 14 – 18, by December 1936 membership stood at over 5 million. During the Second World War, the role of Hitlerjugend evolved from assisting with the postal, train and fire services into full war fighting. Recruits went into units such as the elite 12th SS Panzer-Division ‘Hitlerjugend’ and we see graphic images of this Waffen-SS force in action both on the Eastern and Western fronts.

Even as the Nazi cause faced inevitable defeat these units fought with fanatical and disturbing bravery and after defeat in May 1945, elements carried out guerrilla actions in the Bavarian and Austrian mountains.

The reader will find much original material on this legendary but distasteful Nazi organization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848841123
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 05/03/2013
Series: Images of War Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 640,898
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Hans Seidler is an enthusiastic collector of Second World War memorabilia and an authority on German formations and equipment. His Hitler's Tank Killer - Sturmgeschutz at War 1939 - 1945, Battle of Kursk and Luftwaffe Flak Divisions are published by Pen and Sword in their Images of War series. Ian Baxter is a much published author and photographic collector. He is the author of many books in the Images of War Series and lives near Chelmsford, Essex.

Hans Seidler is an avid collector of rare wartime images. He is the author of Hitler’s Tank Killers and cooperated with Ian Baxter on Barbarossa (both published by Pen and Sword in the Images of War Series). He can be contacted through Ian Baxter who lives near Chelmsford.

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Chapter 1 Training and Preparation for War 6

Chapter 2 Recruitment into the Waffen-SS 32

Chapter 3 The Baby-Division 46

Chapter 4 Final Battles of the Reich 73

Appendix 1 12.SS-Panzer-Division 'Hitlerjugend' Order of Battle 106

Appendix 2 12th Army, April 1945 109

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