12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend

Volume 2 - From Operation Goodwood to April 1945

Massimiliano Afiero

A fully illustrated, concise narrative history of the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend from July 1944 to May 1945.
Date Published :
March 2023
Publisher :
Contributor(s) :
Raphael Riccio
Series :
Casemate Illustrated
Illustration :
B&W and color illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781636243146
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 10 X 8 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


A fully illustrated account of the infamous 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend, from their formation through to the fierce battles for Caen.

Formed in 1943 with the express purpose of blocking the forthcoming Allied invasion in the West, the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend carved out a reputation as one of the Wehrmacht’s foremost panzer divisions, as witnessed by its tenacious defense of Caen following the Allied invasion of Normandy.

The British Operation Goodwood against Caen in July 1944 was followed by Totalize in August, which bypassed Caen and attacked the Hitlerjugend positions. Within a week thousands of German troops were encircled in the Falaise Pocket. Around ten thousand Hitlerjugend soldiers escaped piecemeal, regrouping to fight in the battles along the Maas and the ill-fated Ardennes offensive of December 1944. Deployed to Hungary in 1945 to stem the Red Army advance, the division fought against overwhelming odds until the final battles in Austria, on Reich soil, in late April 1945. There the soldiers of the Hitlerjugend, despite the desperate situation and the superiority of the enemy, managed to achieve local success and launch desperate counterattacks even into the last weeks of the war.

Packed with photographs, maps and profiles, this Casemate Illustrated follows the actions of the 12th SS Panzer Division throughout its existence.

About The Author

Massimiliano Afiero was born in Afragola, Italy, in 1964. An information technology teacher and programmer, he has been interested in military history since his youth. He has published widely and has been involved in the editing and development of several magazines including Volontari, SGM, Ritterkreuz and The European Volunteer, and the Fronti di Guerra series. Since January 2017, he has been Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly magazine The Axis Forces.


Timeline of Events

Operation Goodwood
Operation Totalize
The Falaise Pocket
A New Defensive Front
The Ardennes


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