Valhalla's Warriors: A History of the Waffen-SS on the Eastern Front 1941-1945

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Abstract

[Preface]
This book is an exloration of the Waffen-SS, and by necessity of evil. The Waffen-SS are commonly regarded as the elite of Germany's armed forces during World War II. They gained much of this reputation whilst fighting on the Eastern Front in Russia. Germany's war against the Soviet Union in World War II, in particular the role of the Waffen-SS forms much of the subject matter of this book.

the death and destruction during the conflict would result not just from military operations, but also from the systematic killing and abuse that the Waffen-SS directed against Jews, Communists and ordinary citizens. This book provides a clear, concise history of the Waffen-SS campaign of conquest and genocide in Russia by looking at the actions both on and behind the front lines. By drawing on the best of military and Holocaust scholarship, this book dispels the myths that have distorted the role of the Waffen-SS, in both the military operations themselves and the unthinkable crimes that were part of them.

The conventional wisdom that the Waffen-SS in World War II fought a relatively clean fight, unsullied by the atrocities committed by the Nazis, is challenged - and largely demolished. Focusing on the Eastern Front, the book contends that the Nazi vision of a racial-ideological death struggle with soldiers of the Waffen-SS, steeped in traditional anti-Semitic and racist dogmas. In doing so this book clearly shows that the Waffen-SS was an organisation that committed widespread atrocities, and were truly soldier of evil.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationIndianapolis
PublisherDog Ear Publishing
Number of pages284
ISBN (Print)978-1598584455, 978-160844-639-1
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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