This book sets out to provide 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 attempts to provide a 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 ocmposition. The crucial 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 fascinating portrayal of Hitler's political soldiers.
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