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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.
About the Author
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
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