Himmler's SS: Loyal to the Death's Head by Robin Lumsden

By Robin Lumsden

The true tale of the SS, not like its well known mythology, is so advanced as to nearly defy trust: it's a story of intrigue and nepotism, of archaeology and Teutonism, of artwork and symbolism. This is a narrative of road opponents and convicted criminals changing into Ministers of country and police commanders; the tale of charitable works and mass extermination being administered from an analogous development; and the tale of boy generals directing big heterogeneous armies on devastating campaigns of conquest. truth is stranger than fiction during this examine the SS's wide-ranging results at the police, racial rules, German background, schooling, the economic climate, and public lifestyles, in addition to the uniforms and regalia which have been rigorously designed to set Himmler’s males aside because the new elite in 3rd Reich society. totally illustrated, with infrequent pictures that convey the "face" of the SS, this authoritative historical past will attract all with an curiosity in Hitler’s 3rd Reich.

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In a private conversation with Stalin, Roosevelt made it clear that the question of Poland's border would not pose problems. German industry had two great heartlands. The western area was centred on the Ruhr, and had been bombed heavily by Britain and the United States. By the later stages of the war, it was less important than the factories of Silesia, territory that lay to the southwest of what had once been Poland. By passing this territory to Poland, the Allies could achieve two goals: Germany would lose some of its industrial power, and Poland would receive valuable territory in exchange for what it was to lose in the east.

As they advanced across the devastated expanses of the Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, the Red Army's soldiers saw at first hand evidence of mistreatment of civilians by the German occupiers. The political officers with every unit were ordered to instil hatred of Germany in their men, and adopted a variety of means to achieve this. In many units, 'revenge scores' were established - soldiers were asked to compile lists of atrocities committed against them and their families by the Germans. It was inevitable that, when the opportunity arose, they would respond in kind.

Hundreds of thousands perished, but their fate could have been far worse if the city had actually fallen under German control. Stalin only started to consider Poland as anything other than an occupied territory after the Germans invaded Russia in 1941. He immediately recognized the Polish government-in-exile, and allowed Poles within the Soviet Union to join Polish Army formations. Characteristically, few of these new Polish formations were prepared to fight under Soviet control, and eventually transferred to the west via the Middle East.

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