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The Commandant of Auschwitz: Rudolf Höss by Volker Koop

Pegasus Archive review: Rudolf Höss was a distinguished soldier of the First World War who became a member of the fledgling Nazi Party in 1922, and by fully embracing their excesses spent six years in jail for grievous bodily harm and manslaughter. In 1934, he joined the SS and was involved in the running of Dachau concentration camp, and was subsequently the adjutant at Sachsenhausen before becoming commandant of Auschwitz in 1941. Tasked with carrying out the Final Solution, he imagined, shortly before he was hanged in 1947, that he was merely following orders to the best of his ability, yet he clearly went about his utterly horrific work with the utmost enthusiasm and brutality, devising a ruthlessly efficient means of exterminating people in their millions. This book examines a little of his early life but is chiefly concerned with his involvement in the Holocaust, and makes extensive use of the many orders, notes and letters which he wrote. In so doing it also provides a valuable insight into the wider workings of Auschwitz, including Höss' opinions on his numerous subordinates who plied their dreadful trade there. Price £17.50. Copies may be purchased from Amazon or Pen and Sword

 

Panzergrenadiers 1942-1945 by Ian Baxter

Pegasus Archive review: The term Panzergrenadier came into being in 1942 to describe motorised infantry units operating in direct conjunction with the panzer divisions. Excellently trained and equipped, these fast-moving formations provided powerful support to their armoured counterparts, and were an essential means of maintaining the momentum of an advance. As would be expected of the Images of War series, this book contains a great wealth of rare and excellent quality photographs, many of which have not been published before, complete with detailed explanatory notes. They show Panzergrenadiers of many different units operating in numerous theatres but largely on the Eastern Front, in a variety of situations and clearly displaying an array of their personal equipment and arms, as well as their heavier equipment including armoured vehicles, on which they are frequently mounted. Price £10.49. Copies may be purchased from Amazon or Pen and Sword

 

D-Day Dakotas by Martin W. Bowman

Pegasus Archive review: The Dakota, or C-47 as it was known to the Americans, was one of the most successful but understated aircraft of World War 2, with more than 10,000 being produced for the unglamorous but essential work of ferrying passengers and freight to and from the front line all over the world. But it was also ideally suited to the airborne role and played an absolutely central, sometimes exclusive part in supporting every major operation of the war; towing gliders, dropping parachutists, and supplies. This book examines the Dakota's role in the Normandy landings, chiefly focusing on the actions of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions; the British operation is understandably dealt with more concisely as two-thirds of their aircraft were of other models. The story is largely told through the medium of first hand accounts of those directly involved, and these vividly convey the chaos and confusion which unfolded as the aircrews struggled to identify their drop zones in the face of heavy flak and poor visibility, resulting in a badly scattered drop. Price: £25.00. Copies may be purchased from Amazon or Pen and Sword.

 

Pictorial History of the US 3rd Armored Division in World War Two by Darren Neely

Pegasus Archive review: A lavishly illustrated photographic history of the US 3rd Armored Division, documenting their arrival in Normandy a few weeks after the D-Day landings, through to the end of the war. The Division served with the 1st US Army and, as their nickname of the Spearhead Division implies, were frequently at the forefront of many battles; in France, the Ardennes, and ultimately across the Siegfried Line and into Germany. The individual chapters provide only a very brief summary of events, leaving the considerable array of excellent quality photographs, together with their detailed captions, to tell the story. These have been carefully selected to show the Division and its numerous vehicle types in a variety of situations, and the book culminates with an account of the famous duel between a Panther tank and one of the Division's new Pershing's in Cologne. Price £25.00. Copies may be purchased from Amazon or Pen and Sword.

 

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