Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1st Eng., translation, 1990. Xix + 428 pp., tables. D.j., 24 x 15cm. A little yellowing to edges of d.j., & a couple of small, closed tears (no loss) o/w V.G.+. From the Private Library of the late military historian David Westwood, with his label & signature to prelims. This is a comprehensive study of the military wing of the SS, one of the central organizations of the Nazi state, from its inception to Germany's capitulation. Based upon extensive research, it provides a uniquely full picture of this controversial organization. The author begins his account with a consideration of the political background against which the formation of the Waffen-SS is intelligible. He examines all aspects of the Waffen-SS ' its organizational structure, recruitment and training, its ideology, and its social composition. The critical issue of the Waffen-SS's precise political and military role in furthering the aims of the Third Reich is the central theme of this portrayal of Hitler's political soldiers.