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Title Hitler's Swedes : a History of the Swedish Volunteers in the Waffen-SS.
Author Larsson, Lars.
Imprint Havertown : Helion and Company, 2014.
Description 1 online resource (337 pages)
Call # eBOOK
Contents Cover ; Title ; Copyright ; Contents ; List of photographs ; List of maps ; Introduction & Acknowledgements ; 1 Sweden and the Second World War ; 2 National Socialism in Sweden ; 3 The Waffen-SS ; 4 Recruitment in Sweden ; 5 Swedish Volunteers in 5th SS Division 'Wiking' ; Map section ; 6 Swedish Volunteers in the III. Germanisches SS-Panzer Korps ; 7 Swedish War Correspondents ; 8 Swedish Mountain Troops ; 9 Swedish SS Volunteers in Various Combat Formations ; 10 Swedish Non-combatants in SS Service ; 11 Post-war Life and Consequences ; Conclusion.
Appendix: Swedish National Insignia in the SS Sources ; Index.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 306-309) and indexes.
Summary Sweden was neutral during the Second World War, but despite this, thousands of Swedes wanted to participate in the war - the largest group in Finland, where over 10,000 Swedes applied to fight against the Red Army. Another much smaller group which saw action against the same enemy was the Swedish SS volunteers. While the Danish and Norwegian SS volunteers are fairly well known today, their Swedish counterparts remain more unknown. Still, they saw action on both the Eastern Front and NW Europe, and participated in some of the bloodiest clashes: the initial stages of Operation Barbarossa, the winter of 1941/42, the battles of Kursk, Arnhem, Normandy, Narva, the Warsaw uprising, the Cherkassy and Kurland pockets and, finally, the end in Berlin. Compared to many other groups of volunteers, there was never an official recruitment drive in Sweden, which is why only some 180-200 men enlisted. Those who wanted to recruit themselves often had to make their way to the occupied countries - a fact which makes those Swedes who joined the SS volunteers in the truest sense. As such, this book is as much a history about the units which the Swedes served in, as it is a story about the individuals themselves. It also asks, who were they? What motivated them? What did they experience and how did their service end? With the help of diaries, letters, interviews, police interrogations and German documents from both private and official archives, the history of the Swedish SS volunteers is reconstructed: The main focus is on those who served at the front, including volunteers in the 'Wiking', 'Nordland', 'Nord' divisions, minor units such as the Den Norske Legion, SS-Panzer-Brigade 'Gross' and the war correspondents of the SS-Standarte 'Kurt Eggers'. Also included are the Swedish non-combatants in the SS, such as the desk clerks within the SS-Hauptamt and security service personal of the RSHA. The book includes over 150 photos, everything from civilian photos, portraits from the men's time in the SS, pictures taken in the field, post-war photos and documents. Most are from the private albums of the volunteers and many are previously unpublished. Thoroughly researched from primary sources, and providing plenty of absorbing detail, this book is a valuable addition to the history of the SS, and the men who volunteered to serve in it.
Note Print version record.
Subject Waffen-SS. SS-Panzer-Division "Wiking," 5 -- History.
Waffen-SS. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-Grenadier-Division "Nordland," 11 -- History.
Waffen-SS. SS-Gebirgs-Division Nord, 6 -- History.
Waffen-SS. SS-Panzer-Division "Wiking," 5. (OCoLC)fst00549513
Waffen-SS. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-Grenadier-Division "Nordland," 11. (OCoLC)fst00579909
Waffen-SS. SS-Gebirgs-Division Nord, 6. (OCoLC)fst00789544
World War (1939-1945) (OCoLC)fst01180924
World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories -- Germany.
Soldiers -- Sweden -- History -- 20th century.
Regimental histories. (OCoLC)fst01354209
Soldiers. (OCoLC)fst01125233
Germany. (OCoLC)fst01210272
Sweden. (OCoLC)fst01204537
Genre Electronic books.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Larsson, Lars. Hitler's Swedes : A History of the Swedish Volunteers in the Waffen-SS. Havertown : Helion and Company, ©2014 9781909384118
ISBN 9781912174447 (electronic bk.)
1912174448 (electronic bk.)

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