This new book is a concise combat history of the three Waffen-SS cavalry divisions in World War II. The 8th SS-Cavalry Division Florian Geyer was established out of the SS-Cavalry Brigade under Hitlers future brother-in-law Hermann Fegelein. The 22nd SS-Freiwilligen Cavalry Division Maria Theresia was formed out of ethnic Germans from Hungary. The 37th SS-Freiwilligen Cavalry Division Lützow was built out of the first two cavalry divisions along with new volunteers from Hungary including ethnic Germans and Hungarians. The formation and combat histories of each are discussed in detailed text, along with maps and rare photographs.
"This book is concerned with the development, formation, and history of the late-war cavalry formations of the Waffen-SS, excluding the 8th SS Cavalry Division 'Florian Geyer,' which was formed and activated earlier in World War II. Most of the material is derived from articles that appeared in now out-of-print issues of Siegrunen magazine"--Foreword.
Formed in 1942, the 8th SS Cavalry Division "Florian Geyer" was one of the most controversial units in the Waffen-SS. Created with the intention of making it an elite unit within the Waffen-SS, it instead saw its main employment from the beginning of the war in Russia as a rear area security force against partisans. The SS cavalrymen carried out these duties with terrible effectiveness, demonstrating the full capabilities of horse-mounted units in securing terrain that was militarily difficult. Late in the war, "Florian Geyer" was employed on the front lines against regular units of the Red Army. The unit was wiped out during final battle of Budapest in February 1945. Detailed operational history, rare combat images, maps, and personality profiles make this book the definitive history of "Florian Geyer."
Albert Schwenn was called up by the SS Cavalry Replacement Battalion in Warsaw in October 1942, and in March 1943, was seconded to the SS Cavalry Division. Schwenn gives a vivid account of the brutal combat on the Russian front, and especially operations against partisans, where he took part in so-called "pacification actions" behind the front lines. In August 1943, his division was transferred to the front near Kharkov. After recovering from wounds received during the Soviet offensive, he served as an instructor, lastly with the SS Cavalry Replacement and Training Regiment in Bohemia. In addition to nearly three months of action during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, Schwenn also took part in operations during the Prague Uprising in May 1945. Because of his participation in operations against partisans in 1943, he was given a death sentence, and ultimately served nearly eleven years as a POW in the USSR.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 96. Chapters: Cavalry divisions of the Waffen-SS, Infantry divisions of the Waffen-SS, Mountain divisions of the Waffen-SS, Panzer divisions of the Waffen-SS, Panzergrenadier divisions of the Waffen-SS, 1st SS Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend, 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar, 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking, 20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, 3rd SS Division Totenkopf, 23rd SS Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division Nederland, Waffen-SS Commanders, 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division G tz von Berlichingen, 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, 28th SS Volunteer Grenadier Division Wallonien, 11th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Nordland, 33rd Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Charlemagne, 36th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, 7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division Prinz Eugen, 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen, 27th SS Volunteer Division Langemarck, 30th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, 4th SS Polizei Division, 6th SS Mountain Division Nord, 21st Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Skanderbeg, 22nd SS Volunteer Cavalry Division Maria Theresia, 29th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS RONA, List of Waffen-SS units, 8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer, 15th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg, 1st Cossack Division, 38th SS Division Nibelungen, 23rd Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Kama, 16th SS Panzergrenadier Division Reichsf hrer-SS, 19th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, 24th Waffen Gebirgs Division der SS, 18th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Horst Wessel, 37th SS Volunteer Cavalry Division L tzow, 25th SS Grenadier Division Hunyadi, 31st SS Volunteer Grenadier Division, 25th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Hunyadi, 32nd SS Volunteer Grenadier Division 30 Januar, 35th...
The Waffen-SS, as with the Heer, possessed a great variety of divisional structures. The complexities of this variety were further complicated by a more or less continuous evolution of authorized division structures throughout the war. For example, the first Waffen-SS divisions were organized as motorized infantry ones, with little armor. Four of the earliest divisions (SS-LAH, SS-Das Reich, SS-Totenkopf, and SS-Wiking'] were then reformed as Panzer (armored)- divisions, and three new-armored divisions joined them (SS-Hohenstaufen, &S-Frundsberg, and SS-Hitlerjugend). Four additional divisions were raised as Panzer-Grenadier (armored infantry) (SS-Nordland, SS-Reichsfuhrer-SS, SS-Gotz von Berlichingen, and SS-Horst Wessel). The motorized SS-Combat Group Nord evolved into SS-Nord, which set the standard for the establishment of an SS mountain division. This was used as the intended structure for SS-Prinz Eugen, SS-Handschar, SS-Skanderbeg, and SS-Kama, though the last two didn't complete formation. Similarly, the SS-Cavalry Brigade developed into SS-Florian Geyer, which had a structure copied for SS-Maria Theresia (though not for SS-Lutzow, which had a structure similar to an infantry division). The SS infantry divisions, in particular the 14th, 15th, 19th, and 20th Waffen-Grenadier Divisions and the 31st SS-Volunteer Grenadier Division, used a standard Heer infantry division structure, first found in the 1940 version of SS-Polizei (which by the spring of 1944 had reformed into a Panzer-Grenadier division of the same structure as SS-Nordland). This was also the intended model for the 25th and 26th Waffen-Grenadier Divisions, the 27th, 28th, and 32d SS-Volunteer Grenadier Divisions, and the 35th SS-Polizei-Grenadier Division, none of which completed their formation, though they did take the field in a semblance of what was intended. The remaining divisions of the Waffen-SS were essentially enlarged brigades or combat groups, and had unique structures, especially as they often fought in several separate parts. This sounds like, and is, a complex subject. The following represents the idealized structure of Waffen-SS early war motorized, Panzer, Panzer-Grenadier, mountain, cavalry, and infantry divisions. Each division usually differed slightly in one way or another, and the divisional list in this book is the best way to trace each individual Waffen-SS division. Only the major combat elements are included; the supply regiment, for example, is not listed in detail. Units that are not described as "motorized" or "armored" can be assumed to be horse-drawn or dismounted, as appropriate."
These three definitive volumes cover the German ground forces that swept across Europe with such ruthless efficiency in 1939 and 1940 and battled the Allies around the globe until the bitter end in 1945. Taken together, these volumes are the most comprehensive and accessible reference available on the Germany Army in World War II, unmatched in the information compiled on each division from inception to destruction.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 150. Chapters: Cavalry divisions of Germany, German grenadier divisions, German mountain divisions, German panzer divisions, German panzergrenadier divisions, Infantry divisions of Germany during World War II, Luftwaffe Divisions, Waffen-SS divisions, List of German divisions in World War II, Panzer-Grenadier-Division Gro deutschland, 17th Panzer Division, Fallschirm-Panzer Division 1 Hermann G ring, Waffen-SS Commanders, 21st Panzer Division, Panzer Lehr Division, 9th Panzer Division, Blue Division, 4th Panzer Division, 17th Infantry Division, Panzer Division M ncheberg, 33rd Infantry Division, 129th Infantry Division, 10th Panzer Division, 79th Infantry Division, 1st Mountain Division, 1st Infantry Division, 272nd Infantry Division, 13th Panzer Division, 352nd Infantry Division, 90th Light Infantry Division, Division von Broich/von Manteuffel, List of Waffen-SS units, 14th Infantry Division, 11th Panzer Division, 16th Infantry Division, 22nd Infantry Division, 709th Static Infantry Division, 25th Panzergrenadier Division, 61st Infantry Division, 12th Infantry Division, 20th Infantry Division, 1st Cossack Division, 85th Infantry Division, 23rd Infantry Division, 78th Infantry Division, 20th Panzer Division, 18th Infantry Division, 10th Infantry Division, Panzer Division Feldherrnhalle 2, 711th Infantry Division, 716th Static Infantry Division, 206th Infantry Division, 83rd Infantry Division, 6th Panzer Division, 21st Infantry Division, 69th Infantry Division, 102nd Infantry Division, 1st Ski Division, 2nd Panzer Division, 3rd Panzer Division, Panzer Division Tatra, 3rd Mountain Division, 243rd Static Infantry Division, 212th Infantry Division, 216th Infantry Division, 8th Panzer Division, 5th Panzer Division, 116th Panzer Division, 100th Light Infantry Division, Panzerwaffe, 32nd Infantry Division, 14th Panzer Division, 91st Inf...
The second volume of the definitive history of the 14th Waffen-Grenadier Division der SS (Ukrainische Nr 1). The lavishly illustrated concluding volume of the division's history features chapters on its reformation, deployment against Communist-backed partisans in Slovakia, the forced march to Slovenia, anti-partisan action against Tito's partisans in Slovenia and its committal for the final time on the Eastern Front against the Red Army in Austria. It concludes with an investigation into the Division's escape from repatriation a subject which has long been the subject of contention amongst historians. This volume also deals with internment and ends with its unique post war fate including new information about the secret role of MI6 in training former members of the Division for secret espionage activities behind the Iron Curtain. Drawing on an unsurpassed collection of material accumulated over decades of research, the author offers unique photographic sections on all aspects of the Divisions history including uniform details together with much hitherto unseen material featuring recent document discoveries, new veteran testimonies and detailed information on every aspect of the Division.
Merriam Press Siegrunen Monograph Series. The battle for Budapest was the culmination of three and a half years of bitter, unequal struggle against Soviet Bolshevism and its capitalist allies. The Waffen-SS troops involved constituted the backbone of the defensive effort and took the severest losses. For IX SS Corps and the "Florian Geyer" and "Maria Theresia" Cavalry Divisions, Budapest was another Stalingrad. "Maria Theresia" in particular had the unfortunate distinction of being the only large formation of the Waffen-SS to be almost totally obliterated. This work details the vicious struggle from beginning to end, a struggle in which 40,000 defenders tied up almost half a million Soviet combat and support troops, buying the Germans much needed time. 101 photos, 6 illustrations, 4 maps.
This relatively unknown mounted SS Cavalry Division (8th Waffen SS Mounted Cavalry Division) was under the direct command of Heinrich Himmler and served on the Eastern Front during World War II. Over 300 rare photographs of the troops are accompanied by detailed captions, describing uniforms and equipment.
The military branch of the Nazi SS security organisation grew by the end of World War II from a handful of poorly regarded infantry battalions in 1939, into a force of more than 30 divisions including units of every type. Their battlefield reputation varied widely, from the premier armoured divisions which formed Germany's utterly reliable spearheads on both main fronts, to low quality 'anti-partisan' units. The divisions covered in this second of four titles include the first mountain and cavalry units, and two of the remarkable new Panzer divisions raised in the great 1943 expansion. Illustrated with rare photographs from private collections, the text details their organisation, uniforms and insignia, and summarises their battle record.
Despite the enduring popular image of the blitzkrieg of World War II, the German Army always depended on horses. It could not have waged war without them. While the Army’s reliance on draft horses to pull artillery, supply wagons, and field kitchens is now generally acknowledged, D. R. Dorondo’s Riders of the Apocalypse examines the history of the German cavalry, a combat arm that not only survived World War I but also rode to war again in 1939. Though concentrating on the period between 1939 and 1945, the book places that history firmly within the larger context of the mounted arm’s development from the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 to the Third Reich’s surrender. Driven by both internal and external constraints to retain mounted forces after 1918, the German Army effectively did nothing to reduce, much less eliminate, the preponderance of non-mechanized formations during its breakneck expansion under the Nazis after 1933. Instead, politicized command decisions, technical insufficiency, industrial bottlenecks, and, finally, wartime attrition meant that Army leaders were compelled to rely on a steadily growing number of combat horsemen throughout World War II. These horsemen were best represented by the 1st Cavalry Brigade (later Division) which saw combat in Poland, the Netherlands, France, Russia, and Hungary. Their service, however, came to be cruelly dishonored by the horsemen of the 8th Waffen-SS Cavalry Division, a unit whose troopers spent more time killing civilians than fighting enemy soldiers. Throughout the story of these formations, and drawing extensively on both primary and secondary sources, Dorondo shows how the cavalry’s tradition carried on in a German and European world undergoing rapid military industrialization after the mid-nineteenth century. And though Riders of the Apocalypse focuses on the German element of this tradition, it also notes other countries’ continuing (and, in the case of Russia, much more extensive) use of combat horsemen after 1900. However, precisely because the Nazi regime devoted so much effort to portray Germany’s armed forces as fully modern and mechanized, the combat effectiveness of so many German horsemen on the battlefields of Europe until 1945 remains a story that deserves to be more widely known. Dorondo’s work does much to tell that story.
As head of the SS, chief of police, 'Reichskommissar for the Consolidation of Germanness', and Reich Interior Minister, Heinrich Himmler enjoyed a position of almost unparalleled power and responsibility in Nazi Germany. Perhaps more than any other single Nazi leader aside from Hitler, his name has become a byword for the terror, persecution, and destruction that characterized the Third Reich. His wide-ranging powers meant that he bore equal responsibility for the repression of the German people on the home front and the atrocities perpetrated by the SS in the East. Yet, in spite of his central role in the crimes of the Nazi regime, until now Himmler has remained a colourless and elusive figure in the history of the period. In this, the first-ever comprehensive biography of the SS-Reichsführer, leading German historian Peter Longerich puts every aspect of Himmler's life under the microscope. Masterfully interweaving the story of Himmler's personal life and political career with the wider history of the Nazi dictatorship, Longerich shows how skilfully he exploited and manipulated his disparate roles in the pursuit of his far-reaching and grandiose objectives. In the process, he illuminates the extraordinary degree to which Himmler's own personal prejudices, idiosyncrasies, and predilections made their mark on the organizations for which he was responsible - especially the SS, which in so many ways bore the characteristic hallmarks of its leader, and whose history remains both incomplete and incomprehensible without a detailed and intimate knowledge of its deeply sinister commander-in-chief.
Illustrated with detailed artworks of vehicles and their markings, Waffen-SS Divisions: 1939–45 is the definitive study of the equipment and organization of Germany’s elite Waffen-SS divisions during World War II. Organized chronologically by division and formation date, the book describes in depth the various models of tank and other armored and soft vehicles in service with the ‘fighting’ SS, with listings of unit commanders, vehicle types and numbers, and unit structure. Each divisional section is further broken down by campaign, accompanied by orders of battle, a brief divisional history of the campaign, and any specific unit markings. Every SS division that saw combat is featured, from well-known units such as the elite Das Reich and Wiking divisions, to lesser-known divisions, such as the 11th Waffen-SS Panzer Division Nordland and the Albanian-recruited 21st Waffen-SS Gebirgs-Division Skanderbeg. With information boxes accompanying the full-color artworks, all drawn to the same scale for easy comparison, Waffen-SS Divisions: 1939–45 is a key reference guide for modelers and military history enthusiasts with an interest in the Waffen-SS divisions of World War II.
Dressed in black uniforms emblazoned with the SS flash, Heinrich Himmlers horsemen carried the SS banner across the German countryside and to equestrian competitions throughout Germany and Europe. They rode as the Equestrian SS, an SS cavalry force designed to win elite support, to enhance social prestige, and to attract farmers to Himmlers essentially urban organization. The Equestrian SS was the only SS organization acquitted at the Nuremberg Trials. Yet the Equestrian SS trained to be a security and occupation force. In mounted Deaths Head regiments in Poland and in the SS Cavalry Brigade in Russia, Equestrian SS personnel fulfilled their obligations as devoted SS political soldiers. Driven by SS training, SS horsemen murdered thousands of Jews in Eastern Europe. Wilson provides numerous anecdotes, statistics, and capsule biographies of Equestrian SS personnel. This carefully researched study is essential reading for scholars and lay people interested in the history of Nazi Germany, the SS, and the Holocaust.
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 115. Chapters: Iron Cross, List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients of the Waffen-SS, List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves recipients, List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients of the Luftwaffe fighter force, List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients of the Kriegsmarine, List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords or Diamonds recipients of the Waffen-SS, List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords or Diamonds recipients of the Luftwaffe fighter force, List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients of the U-boat service, List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients of the Fallschirmj ger, Julleuchter, List of foreign recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, List of Knight's Cross recipients 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, List of Knight's Cross recipients 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking, List of Knight's Cross recipients 3rd SS Panzer Division Totenkopf, List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients of the Schnellboot service, List of Knight's Cross recipients 1st SS Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, German Sports Badge, List of military decorations of the Third Reich, List of Knight's Cross recipients 11th SS Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division Norland, List of Knight's Cross recipients 4th SS Polizei Panzer Grenadier Division, Panzer Badge, List of Knight's Cross recipients 8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer, Order of the German Eagle, War Merit Cross, Wound Badge, List of Knight's Cross recipients 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen, List of Knight's Cross recipients 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend, List of Knight's Cross recipients 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar, List of Knight's Cross recipients 19th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, List of Knight's Cross recipients 23r...
Merriam Press Siegrunen Monograph 2.Fifth Edition (January 2012). The battle for Budapest was the culmination of three and a half years of bitter, unequal struggle against Soviet Bolshevism and its capitalist allies. The Waffen-SS troops involved constituted the backbone of the defensive effort and took the severest losses. For IX SS Corps and the "Florian Geyer" and "Maria Theresia" Cavalry Divisions, Budapest was another Stalingrad. "Maria Theresia" in particular had the unfortunate distinction of being the only large formation of the Waffen-SS to be almost totally obliterated. This work details the vicious struggle from beginning to end, a struggle in which 40,000 defenders tied up almost half a million Soviet combat and support troops, buying the Germans much needed time. Contents:Chapter 1: Budapest: The City of the Unvanquished Heroes; Chapter 2: The Retreat from Eastern Hungary; Chapter 3: Development of the Budapest Defense Ring; Chapter 4: The SS Cavalry Division in the Karola Positions: November 1944; Chapter 5: The Budapest Bridgehead Takes Shape; Chapter 6: Budapest is Surrounded; Chapter 7: A Fight to the Finish: Budapest Will Not Surrender; Chapter 8: January 1945: The Hardest Month Imaginable; Chapter 9: The Final Struggle Begins; Chapter 10: Endkampf; Chapter 11: Breakout from Budapest; Chapter 12: The Formation of the SS-Totenkopf Reiterstandarten, 1939-1940; Chapter 13: Death of the Soviet Budapest Emissaries: Follow-up; Chapter 14: The Budapest Relief Attacks: Excerpts from the Diary of the 5th SS-Panzer Division “Wiking,” 2-12 January 1945; Bibliography. 101 photos; 6 illustrations; 4 maps.