With extensive text and many unpublished photographs with in-depth captions - the successful Images of War format - this book describes the Division’s fighting tactics, weapons and uniforms. It traces how the Division became an elite fighting unit both in offensive and defensive battles.
The Division is shown as it battled its way through Poland, the Low Countries, the Balkans and then on the Eastern Front, where it fought tenaciously for Kharkov and in the 1943 battle of Kursk. In 1944 it was deployed to Normandy before the carnage of the Falaise Pocket. Soon after it was back in action during the bitter winter fighting in the Ardennes, before returning to the Eastern Front where it was shifted from one disintegrating part of the front to another.
The Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH) provides a captivating glimpse of the history and inner workings of one of the most effective fighting formations of the Second World War.
About the Author
Ian Baxter is an avid collector of WW2 photographs. His previous books in this Series include Hitler’s Boy Soldiers, Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants and German Army on the Eastern Front – The Advance, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Retreat and Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants, The Crushing of Army Group (North) and the SS Waffen Division series including SS Leibstandarte Division and SS Totenkopf Division At War. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.
Table of Contents
A Brief History 6
Chapter 1 Training of War 7
Chapter 2 Baptism of Fire, 1939-41 29
Chapter 3 Barbarossa, 1941 47
Chapter 4 Kharkov and Beyond, 1942-43 78
Chapter 5 The Last Year, 1944-45 100
Appendix 1 SS Infantryman, 1939-1942 127
Appendix 2 Combat Uniforms of the Waffen-SS, 1943-45 129
Appendix 3 The Second Model of the LASSAH Standard 132
Appendix 4 Waffen-SS Order of Battle 138
Appendix 5 Ranks 141