SOLDIERS OF DESTRUCTION: THE SS DEATH’S HEAD DIVISION, 1933-1945.

Sydnor, Charles W. Jr.


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Princeton University Press, USA, 1st ed., 1977. Xvi + 371 pp., 15 photo-ills., + 4 maps. D.j., 22 x 15cm. FINE. Drawing extensively on a wide range of SS manuscript sources and captured German Army materials, the author relates the political and military experience of the SS Totenkopfdivision to the institutional development of the SS and the ideological objectives of Nazi Germany. The author details the organization and development of the pre-war German concentration camp system and its SS guard units – the formations that supplied virtually all the important officers and unit commanders as well as the original infantry cadre for the Death’s Head Division. He devotes particular attention to an analysis of the brutal ethos of the pre-war SS camp guards as it became the wartime creed of the unit. Here, too, is a careful assessment of the impact on the division of its founder and first commander, Theodore Eicke, who was ruthless and fanatical in his commitment to the goals of National Socialism.


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