From the Realm of a Dying Sun. Volume 2

The IV. SS-Panzerkorps in the Budapest Relief Efforts, December 1944–February 1945

Douglas E. Nash

The second part of a new history of IV. SS-Panzerkorps, which fought on the Eastern Front in the last months of World War II.
Date Published :
September 2020
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30 images
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612008738
Pages : 552
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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On Christmas Eve 1944, the men of the IV SS-Panzerkorps were preparing to celebrate the occasion as best they could. Taking advantage of the pause in the fighting around Warsaw, they looked forward to partaking in that most German of holidays, including the finest Christmas dinner their field kitchens could still prepare in this fifth year of the war. They had earned it too; after five months of unrelenting combat and the loss of many of their friends, troops from the corps headquarters, headquarters troops, and its two divisions—the 3rd SS Panzer Division “Totenkopf” and the 5th SS Panzer Division “Wiking”—were eagerly anticipating what the holiday would bring, including presents from home and perhaps sharing a bottle of schnapps or wine with their comrades.

This was not to be, for that very evening, the corps commander, SS-Obergruppenführer Herbert Otto Gille, received a telephone call notifying him that the 35,000 men of his corps would begin boarding express trains the following day that would take them from the relative quiet of the Vistula Front to the front lines in Hungary, hundreds of kilometers away. Their mission: Relieve Budapest! Thus would begin the final round in the saga of the IV SS-Panzerkorps. In Hungary, it would play a key role in the three attempts to raise the siege of that fateful city. Threatened as much by their high command as by the forces of the Soviet Union, Gille and his troops overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their attempts to rescue the city’s garrison, only to have their final attack called off at the last minute. At that moment, they were only a few kilometers away from the objective towards which they had striven for nearly a month. After the relief attempt’s failure sealed the fate of hundreds of thousands of Hungarians and Germans, the only course of action remaining was to dig in and protect the Hungarian oilfields as long as possible.

About The Author

Douglas E. Nash Sr. is a West Point Class of 1980 graduate and a retired U.S. Army colonel with 32 years of service with various assignments including Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, Cuba, and Uzbekistan. He served in a variety of units, specializing in Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations. He recently retired after serving as the Senior Historian of Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. His works include Hell’s Gate: The Battle of the Cherkassy Pocket January to February 1944, Victory Was Beyond Their Grasp: with the 272nd Volks-Grenadier Division from the Hürtgen Forest to the Heart of the Reich, Kampfgruppe Mühlenkamp, and Unternehmen Ilse.


Introduction to the Second Volume
List of Maps
List of Figures

Chapter 13: The Lost Month of December 1944
Chapter 14:  The Hungarian Theater of Operations
Chapter 15:  Arrival in Hungary
Chapter 16: Preparations for the Relief of Budapest
Chapter 17: The First Relief Attempt of Budapest – Operation Konrad I
Chapter 18: The Second Relief Attempt of Budapest – Operation Konrad II
Chapter 19: Change of Mission
Chapter 20: The Third Relief Attempt of Budapest – Operation Konrad III
Chapter 21: The Final Push
Chapter 22: Battling to a Stalemate

Appendix A: IV. SS-Pz.Korps Battle and Campaign Participation Credits
Appendix B: Selected Orders of Battle
Appendix C: German Army and Waffen-SS Rank Equivalents
Appendix D: Glossary


"The author’s exhaustive research delivers a veritable tour de force of Eastern Front armored combat replete with slashing counterattacks, defending to the last man, and overcoming odds that defy traditional military calculus. This work not only brings those events to life, but it also provides broader and equally valuable insight into the formidable capabilities of late war panzer formations when they were unopposed by Anglo-American airpower. "

- Mark J. Reardon, author of "Victory at Mortain: Stopping Hitler’s Panzer Counteroffensive"

"The primary sources are immaculate, ranging from unit war diaries down to private accounts of participating soldiers. The details leave no stone unturned. The maps are succinct and in the right places to bolster the text. And the sheer numbers of photographs storm off the page with incredible detail – so authentic that one is tempted to turn up the room temperature just looking at the winter shots around Budapest."

- French MacLean

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