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By titleSS Totenkopf

SS Totenkopf

SS Totenkopf, part of a series of books on the divisions of the Waffen-SS, explores the background to the unit’s formation, the men it recruited, the key figures involved, and its organisation. It also looks at the specialist training of the Waffen-SS, and the uniforms and insignia that members of the division wore.

SS Totenkopf also provides a full combat record of the division, which fought on both fronts in World War II, increasingly serving as a ‘fire brigade’ unit as the war turned against Germany, plugging gaps wherever they appeared in the front. The book outlines the unit’s involvement of the invasion of Poland, the fall of France, the invasion of Russia, the battle of Kharkov, the defence of Warsaw, and the final fruitless attempt to relieve Budapest in the last days of the Reich.

Illustrated with rare photographs, and featuring an authoritative text, SS Totenkopf is a definitive history of one of Germany’s premiere fighting units of World War II.

Format: 240 x 189mm (9½ x 7½") paperback
Extent: 192pp
Illustrations: 110 b/w photos, 10 b/w maps
Text: 60,000 words
ISBN: 9781782742517

Previously published in hardback

Author details:

Dr. Chris Mann is a lecturer in European history at the University of Surrey and University College, London. He is the author of Norwegian Armed Forces in Exile 1940-45, and The Fighting Techniques of a Panzergrenadier with Dr. Matthew Hughes. He lives in the South of England.