Waffen-SS in Normandy, 1944

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Ian Baxter

In June 1944, Operation OVERLORD, the greatest ever amphibious invasion, initially overwhelmed German Normandy defenses. To attempt to stabilize the situation, Hitler deployed his elite Waffen-SS divisions to avert the crisis.
Date Published :
April 2022
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Images of War
Illustration :
250 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781399091411
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 9.6 X 7.4 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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$22.95

Overview
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In June 1944, Operation OVERLORD, the greatest ever amphibious invasion, initially overwhelmed German Normandy defenses. To attempt to stabilize the situation, Hitler deployed his elite Waffen-SS divisions to avert the crisis.

This classic Images of War book describes how the formidable Leibstandarte, Das Reich, Hitlerjugend, Hohenstaufen, and the Frundsberg SS divisions with supporting Wehrmacht divisions fought fanatically despite facing overwhelming enemy airpower and determined well-led Allied armies. Mounting losses and supply and fuel problems culminated in the Falaise Pocket defeat, when twenty-five out of the thirty-eight German division were completely destroyed. As a result, the remaining Waffen-SS units had to be reluctantly withdrawn and transferred back to Holland and, Belgium to recoup, or sent to the Eastern Front to attempt to stem the relentless Soviet advance.

With many rare and unpublished photographs with detailed captions, Waffen-SS in Normandy is a graphic account of the Waffen-SS operations in Normandy and their subsequent retreat through France.

About The Author
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Ian Baxter is an avid collector of WW2 photographs. His previous books in this Series include Hitler’s Boy Soldiers, Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants and German Army on the Eastern Front – The Advance, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Retreat and Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants, The Crushing of Army Group (North) and the SS Waffen Division series including SS Leibstandarte Division and SS Totenkopf Division At War. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.

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