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Author Le Tissier, Tony, 1932-

Title SS-Charlemagne : the 33rd Waffen-Grenadier Division of the SS / Tony Le Tissier
Published Barnsley : Pen & Sword Military, 2010


Description 1 online resource : illustrations, map
Contents List of Maps; List of Plates; Preface; 1. Formation; 2. Action; 3. Withdrawal; 4. Retreat; 5. Gotenhafen; 6. Reorganisation; 7. Berlin-Neuk├Âlln; 8. Berlin-Mitte; 9. Finale; Annex A: The Formation of a French Regiment of theWaffen-SS; Annex B: The Initial Command Structures; Bibliography; Index; Armed Forces Index
Summary In May 1945, as the triumphant Red Army crushed the last pockets of German resistance in central Berlin, French soldiers fought back. They were the last surviving members of SS Charlemagne, the Waffen SS division made up of French volunteers. They were among the final defenders of the city and of Hitlers bunker. Their extraordinary story gives a compelling insight into the dreadful climax of the Battle for Berlin and into the conflicts of loyalty faced by the French in the Second World War. Yet, whatever their motivation, the performance of these soldiers as they confronted the Soviet onslaught was unwavering, and their fate after the German defeat was grim. Once captured, they were shot out of hand by their French compatriots or imprisoned. SS Charlemagne is a gripping, fluently written study of one of the most revealing side stories of the war
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Waffen-SS. Waffen-Grenadier-Division "Charlemagne," 33 -- History
Waffen-SS. Waffen-Grenadier-Division "Charlemagne," 33
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, French
World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories -- Germany
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Eastern Front.
HISTORY -- Military -- World War II.
Military campaigns
Military participation -- French
Regimental histories
Eastern Front (World War (1939-1945))
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781848846944