Leibstandarte Tome 1: 1933-1942
Starting with the core of 117 men who made up the Stabswache in 1933, the Leibstandarte, Hitler’s personal bodyguard, became an elite motorised unit, then a brigade, then a division.
The unit excelled in Poland and the West. It achieved its first military notoriety in the Balkans, where Kurt Meyer distinguished himself in particular. Then it was the fighting on the Eastern Front at the forefront of the victories. After 1943, it continued to distinguish itself in the big battles at Kharkiv and Kursk. It then disarmed the Italian Army, fought in Normandy, the Ardennes and took part in the ultimate fighting in Hungary or Berlin for some of its elements.
This military history is accompanied by a lot of portraits of officers who became famous, but also photographs of material. It’s a fabulous book, a milestone, a limited edition which should be included in any serious military library.
Authors: Charles Trang
Photos: 100s black & white
Physical: Hardcover, portrait
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