The 12th SS: The History of the Hitler Youth Panzer Division, Volume 1

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Stackpole Books, 2004 - History - 580 pages
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  • The defining work on Hitler's elite fanatical boy soldiers
  • Written by the division's former chief of staff

Volume one details all aspects of the division's history with a balanced mix of both tactical and strategic accounts, including the creation and training of these teenage warriors and their baptism of fire in the Normandy campaign in World War II.


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This together with volume 2 is indeed the defining work on 12th SS Division. Volume 1 covers the period up to 6th August 1944 ie just after GOODWOOD. Volume 2 is from then on, starting with the TOTALIZE operations. You can follow the action down to Battalion and Kompanie level and if, like me, you want to walk the ground ( or use google earth!)they are invaluable. Kurt Meyer's book 'Grenadiers' is the only other book you need. 


The Division during the Defensive Battles against
The First Battle for Caen from 6 to 10 June 1944
The Second Battle for Caen from 11 to 18 June 1944
The Third Battle for Caen from 25 to 30 June 1944
The Fourth Battle for Caen from 4 to 10 July 1944
Operation GOODWOOD to the Eve of Operation TOTALIZE
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Hubert Meyer was chief of staff of the 12th SS until its surrender in 1945.

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