By Gordon Williamson, Stephen Andrew
Regardless of being disdained through the German ArmyвЂ™s specialist officer corps, the army department of the Nazi SS protection supplier grew from an preliminary energy of just a handful of battalions on the outbreak of battle in 1939 to thousands of troops in dozens of divisions. The battlefield recognition of the superior armoured and mechanised divisions might develop into moment to none; lavishly built and thought of as completely trustworthy, they have been thrown into many determined battles on either Western and japanese fronts, usually attaining impressive effects. Illustrated with infrequent images, this primary of 4 Men-at-Arms titles info the employer, uniforms and insignia of the Waffen-SS.
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Men-at-Arms 401: The Waffen-SS 1. to 5. Divisions by Gordon Williamson, Stephen Andrew