Men of Steel: 1st SS Panzer Corps 1944-45

Major General Michael Reynolds CB

Date Published :
January 2006
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Illustration :
16 pages b/w photos
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781932033519
Pages : 400
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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This authoritative account completes the history of the only Panzer Divisions to bear Hitler’s name – 1st and 12th SS – as they lead the last German offensives of the war - through the Ardennes in December 1944 and in Hungary two months later and it concludes with their capitulation and captivity in Austria in May 1945.

Men of Steel traces the origins, formation and early history of I SS Panzer Corps.

Packed with detail it covers the German retreat from Normandy to the West Wall, the Leibstandarte & Hitlerjugend Panzer Divisions’ crucial part in the ‘Battle of the Bulge’, Jochen Peiper’s dash for the Meuse, the ‘Malmedy Massacre’, the ‘Battle of the Twin Villages’, Bastogne, the elimination of the Gran Bridgehead in Hungary, February 1945, Hitler’s last gamble on the Eastern Front—the ‘Lake Balaton’ offensive, the attempt to stem the Soviet ‘Tide from the East’, the last desperate battles to defend the Greater German Reich and the final capitulation to the Americans.

It also includes information on the unit's captivity and war crimes.

Illustrated with rare photographs, many high quality maps and appendices.

About The Author

Major General Michael Reynolds CB joined the British Army in 1948, and was commissioned into the Queens Royal Regiment in 1950. In the course of a long and distinguished career, he served in Korea, where he was severely wounded, Northern Ireland and West Germany. On promotion to Major General he assumed command of NATO's Allied Command Europe Mobile Force (Land). In retirement, he became guest speaker on British Army and NATO battlefield tours in the Ardennes, publishing a number of detailed histories on World War 2 operations in Europe. He died in 2015.

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