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Hitler's Teutonic Knights: SS Panzers in Action by Bruce Quarrie

By Bruce Quarrie

This is a superb creation total to the Panzer Divisions of the Waffen-SS. The writing all through is great: The textual content is obvious, unique, and objective.

The ebook comprises separate chapters on all the significant Panzer Divisions of the Waffen-SS: The 2d (Das Reich); the third (Totenkopf); the fifth (Wiking); the ninth (Hohenstaufen); the tenth (Frundsberg); and the twelfth (Hitlerjugend).

These chapters don't stand on my own, even though, as mini-histories of every department. as a substitute, if activities of 1 department have been incorporated in reference to an already mentioned department, then the writer essentially tells you to learn the bankruptcy at the already mentioned division.

In addition, the various chapters are super brief (both a result of author's tendency to refer the reader again to previous chapters and as the divisions have been short-lived). hence, the chapters at the Hohenstaufen, Frundsberg, and Hitlerjugend divisions simply conceal a couple of pages each one, with nearly all of the ebook overlaying the exploits of the first, second, third, and fifth divisions.

These flaws hinder a five-star rating.

There can be a long bankruptcy on "Other" Panzer SS divisions yet there's little info supplied and many of the bankruptcy is taken up via pictures, even supposing the images are well-selected and well-reproduced.

In truth, the e-book comprises good over a hundred well-selected images that increase the textual content, together with sixteen pages of images in complete colour, half that are full-page photographs and one is even a two-page unfold of a Panzer Mark III (Panzerkampfwagen III) in Nov. 1941 crossing a snow-covered box in entrance of a farm and through three troops. those striking photographs should be well worth the cost of e-book itself.

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JG 1 encountered a formation of more than 50 unescorted B-l7s. /JG 1 - was able to carry out a series of three coordinated attacks, claiming the destruction of nine bombers. /JG l ' s hangars at Dortmund in January 1944 In the event, only two were subsequently confirmed. They were firsts for Kirchmayr and for Oberfeldwebel Leo Schuhmacher of 6. S t a f f e l , although the latter had already been credited with an Herausschuss during 'Second Schweinfurt'. /JG 11 's two victories on this date went to NCO pilots of 2.

Staffeln had reportedly completed conversion by the middle of the month, with 9. Staffel following suit shortly thereafter. From available references it would appear that four of the Gruppe's future Viermot acts, including the Kommandeur himself, had already added one or more heavy bombers to their scores before January was out. The power of the press. /JG 26 ambled out to their machines . . . but this was not dramatic enough for the visiting propaganda company photographer, who demanded that they put some life into it and enact an emergency scramble.

JG 26 as they made their way back out over the Low Countries. Hauptmann Karl Borris' I. Gruppe was also fortunate enough to chance upon a small formation of some 20 unescorted B-l7s. After delivering a concerted frontal assault, the German pilots regrouped and came in again from the rear. /JG l's earlier attacks, all but one of their claims were allowed. /JG 26's Leutnant Karl Willius. It was his third heavy bomber victory of the Defence of the Reich campaign. /JG 1, did not claim his first Defence of the Reich heavy bomber until 11 January 1944, he had been a member of JG 1 for almost two years by then.

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