The 12th SS: The History of the Hitler Youth Panzer Division, Volume 1
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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I ordered this book for my dad. He enjoyed the first volume so much he wanted to read the second. He said he has learned much from this book and it helps to tie in some of the other books he has read on World War II. Read full review
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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