By Ian Baxter
"Into the Abyss: The final Years of the Waffen-SS, A Photographic History" offers a accomplished list of the elite Waffen-SS divisions that fought either at the jap and Western Fronts over the past years of the struggle. Drawing on formerly unpublished photos, a lot of that have come from the albums of SS veterans, it provides a special visible account of those formations, a few elite and a few thrown jointly from barely-trained conscripts. With a correct in-depth descriptive caption each picture brings to lifestyles the strategies and elements that made up a fully-fledged Waffen-SS department. With over one hundred eighty unpublished images followed through distinct captions and textual content, "Into the Abyss" offers an enthralling glimpse of 1 of the main recognized and infamous army businesses of the second one international conflict, targeting the ultimate 18 months of the clash.
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The British, threatened like Russia in both East Asia and Europe, concentrated their attention, like the Russians and later the Americans, on what was perceived as the more dangerous threat in Europe. While beginning to rearm, their belief that a war anywhere would eventually involve them led the London government to try for local peaceful solu tions of specific issues or, as an alternative procedure capable of simul taneous implementation, to secure a general settlement with Germany in which economic and colonial concessions would be exchanged for German acceptance of the essentials of the status quo in Central and Eastern Europe.
From one war to another ij the last war, civilians can be castigated with equal justice for trying to avoid it. In both cases, there is a measure of value in circumspectly drawn lessons of limited application, but the conceptualization is inher ently faulty even if understandable. One can no more avoid a war one has already been in than one can refight a conflict that is over; but as the recurrent discussion in the United States of not getting into another Vietnam should remind one, these obvious truths rarely prevent anyone from trying.
This, of course, is nonsense. All the reparations were paid: the devastated towns were rebuilt, the orchards replanted, the mines pumped out and all the pensions to survivors were paid (with some still being paid). The bill was simply shifted to other shoulders, primarily the very countries that had seen their economies suffer most from the war. This shifting of the burden of repair costs from the less damaged German economy to the more damaged economies of others thus served to redouble rather than off-set the impact of the war itself.