The Galician Division 1943-45

David McCormack

In this new history of the ‘Galicia' Division, David McCormack debunks many of the myths that have resulted in enduring controversies involving the public, the media, academics, and politicians. Were the volunteers and conscripts of this Ukrainian Waffen-SS formation heroes or villains? Or were they just ordinary soldiers?
Date Published :
March 2023
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Language:
English
Illustration :
32
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781558720
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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$35.00

Overview
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In this absorbing new history of the ‘Galicia’ Division, David McCormack debunks many of the myths that have resulted in enduring controversies amongst the public, the mainstream media, academics, and politicians. The Galicia Division 1943-45: Just Ordinary Soldiers? provides an objective appraisal of the Ukrainian volunteers and conscripts that have been described as both heroes and villains in equal measure. What were the circumstances that led thousands of Ukrainians to volunteer to fight in Hitler’s crusade against Bolshevism in 1943? Why did coercion replace incentivization as a means of recruitment in 1944? Why was a decision made by the British authorities to ignore Stalin’s demands for the repatriation of the division in 1945? Did the long established German military doctrine of ‘absolute destruction’ provide the foundations for accusations of war crimes against the division? How can the recent fetishization of the division by Ukrainian nationalists be explained?

About The Author
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David McCormack graduated with first class honors in Contemporary Military and International History. Regular contributor of Japan based historical articles to the International Academic Forum's Eye Magazine. Series of eight articles entitled Japan at War published by the Armourer Magazine 2005-2006.

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