The Waffen-SS in Normandy, June 1944

The Caen Sector

Yves Buffetaut

This volume in the Casemate Illustrated series follows how the Waffen-SS fared in Normandy during June 1944 and whether they deserved their reputation of being the ultimate fighting soldiers.
Date Published :
October 2018
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Casemate Illustrated
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Black & white photos, color profiles and maps
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781612006055
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 10 X 7 inches
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For many, the Waffen-SS soldier represents the archetype of the combatant, if not the warrior: well-armed, well-trained, possessing intelligence in combat, imbued with political and ideological fanaticism, he is an elite soldier par excellence, even if a lack of scruples casts a long shadow. However, is this picture true? In the case of the Battle of Normandy, opinions diverged, not only among today's historians, but also amongst the German generals at the time.

In all, the Waffen-SS fielded six divisions during the Battle of Normandy, as well as two heavy battalions of Tiger tanks. But they were by no means a single homogenous entity, for with the exception of II. SS-Panzerkorps, the divisions arrived at the front one after another and were immediately thrown into battle.

This volume in the Casemate Illustrated series examines the Waffen-SS in Normandy during the fierce fighting of June 1944, when they struggled to hold back the Allied advance on Caen, though the picture was by no means one-sided. Extensively illustrated with photographs, tank profiles, maps, and accompanied by biographies of key personnel and explanatory text boxes, this volume gives a clear and accessible account of events, challenging some popular perceptions along the way.

About The Author

Yves Buffetaut is an internationally respected French military historian and editor of Histoire & Collections major magazine, Militaria. He lives in France.


‘’Although [the author] breaks with popular scientific narratives about the Waffen-SS in some aspects... it is otherwise limited to a traditional operational description of the fighting. The main purpose of the book is to get an initial overview of the struggles west of Caen in June 1944, and invites you to look at further literature rather than provide compelling insights.’’

- Militärgeschichtliche Zeitschrift

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