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The Waffen-SS

1. to 5. Divisions

Gordon Williamson Stephen Andrew



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Osprey Publishing
19 November 2003
History; European history; Second World War; Special & elite forces; Regiments
Series: Men-at-Arms
In the early 1920s, a tiny group was formed within the SA to serve as Hitler's personal bodyguard. Originally labelled the 'Stosstruppe Adolf Hitler', they later became known as the SS - Schutz Staffeln, or 'protection squads'. From these humble beginnings, the SS rose to a nominal strength of 38 divisions of over 800,000 men by 1945, representing a sizeable portion of Germany's land forces and more importantly a quarter of her tank forces and a third of her mechanised infantry. This first of four titles covers the first five Waffen-SS divisions, including the famous SS Panzer Division 'Wiking'.
By:   Gordon Williamson
Illustrated by:   Stephen Andrew
Imprint:   Osprey Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   No. 401
Dimensions:   Height: 250mm,  Width: 190mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   170g
ISBN:   9781841765891
ISBN 10:   1841765899
Series:   Men-at-Arms
Pages:   48
Publication Date:   19 November 2003
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gordon Williamson was born in 1951 and currently works for the Scottish Land Register. He spent seven years with the Military Police TA and has published a number of books and articles on the decorations of the Third Reich and their winners. He is the author of a number of World War II titles for Osprey. Stephen Andrew was born in 1961 in Glasgow, where he still lives and works. An entirely self-taught artist, he worked in advertising and design agencies before going freelance in 1993. Military history is his passion, and in the past few years he has established himself as a respected artist in this field. Since 1997 he has illustrated several Men-at-Arms titles including MAA 306: Chinese Civil War Armies 1911-49, and series on the German and Italian armies of WWII.

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