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by Marc Rikmenspoel
Tue Feb 25, 2003 2:36 pm
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Wilhelm Tieke of Im Feuersturm letzer Kriegsjahre
Replies: 17
Views: 3844

Tieke is still alive so far as I know. He's relatively young for being so active in veterans' affairs. I believe he was born in 1924 and was 17 when he joined Regiment Nordland in 1941 as a wartime volunteer. I am not aware of his exact dates of service and assignments, the above was what I had gath...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Tue Feb 25, 2003 2:33 pm
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: List of Ehrenblattspange- inhaber der Waffen SS
Replies: 9
Views: 2510

About Heer officers in the 12. SS-PD, a number of men with Hitler Jugend leadership cadre experience were transferred to the division, even though they were not SS members. Knight's Cross holder Heer Oberleutnant Otto Toll was probably the best known, he commanded a company in SS-Panzer Pionier Bata...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Mon Feb 24, 2003 11:47 pm
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: List of Ehrenblattspange- inhaber der Waffen SS
Replies: 9
Views: 2510

The SS-Polizei Division only became fully a part of the Waffen-SS in the autumn of 1942. To that point, many of its members held only Polizei rank, and not Waffen-SS rank or commission. Awards of the EBS usually occurred long after the incident in question, much more so that for the Knight's Cross. ...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Sun Feb 23, 2003 2:46 pm
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: moderator surgeries
Replies: 18
Views: 2645

All the best to you, Mark, I'm glad you are beginning to recover.
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Wed Feb 19, 2003 2:59 pm
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: SS Officer Identification in the RZM Kursk Books
Replies: 2
Views: 1013

I've had a glance at that first volume, and it does indeed look like D'Alquen to me. I wasn't at all impressed with the book, but I did appreciate their correct ID of Hans Hirning, especially for a photo that had long been considered to show Felix Przedwojewski.
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Wed Feb 19, 2003 2:53 pm
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: The Battle for Leningrad 1941-1944 by David Glantz
Replies: 10
Views: 2885

I meant "first action as a division" since it had been recently upgraded. Thanks for pointing out the source. I had only looked through the book previously, but I now have my own copy, so that I can better check details. Ziemke was wrong, and I wonder what his source was? His books are quite out of ...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Sun Feb 16, 2003 2:29 pm
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Wilhelm Tieke of Im Feuersturm letzer Kriegsjahre
Replies: 17
Views: 3844

It is the same guy, he was a young wartime volunteer who served in the Nordland Regiment, and later was briefly with the III. (germ) SS-Panzerkorps after Nordland was detached from Wiking. He also spent some time with the forming Frundsberg, before ending up in Horst Wessel. This is why he has writt...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Sun Feb 16, 2003 2:25 pm
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Coming SS Books List
Replies: 1
Views: 1166

The exact title is not known to me yet, but my collaborative effort with Eddy De Bruyne about Leon Degrelle and the Walloon political and military collaboration during WW2 is supposed to be published by Helion during the summer of this year.
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Thu Feb 13, 2003 11:35 am
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Goetterdammerung 1945 by Russ Schneider
Replies: 7
Views: 1720

Schneider wrote and self-published two volumes of gripping fiction set on the Eastern Front. He called his company Neue Paradies Verlag (though he was based in Florida, USA) and his books are Madness Without End, and Demyansk, with the latter supposedly also existing under the title Nightmares and S...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Thu Feb 13, 2003 11:28 am
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Estonian Vikings- need review
Replies: 5
Views: 863

Daniel, the book is well worth getting if the somewhat obscure topic interests you (and it certainly interests me), but I have seen the prices for it vary. I think paying more than the equivalent of around $22 US is too much, because it is a very slender paperback volume.
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Wed Feb 12, 2003 2:08 pm
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Estonian Vikings- need review
Replies: 5
Views: 863

It is a nice, though short, collection of photos. The text is largely based on the Narwa Bataillon sections of Estonian Freedom Fighters in WW2, while almost all the photos have already been published in the three volume history of the Narwa Bataillon published by the veterans in Estonia. However, I...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Mon Feb 10, 2003 1:58 pm
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Das Reich by James Lucas
Replies: 12
Views: 2375

The Das Reich book is better than most of Lucas's (RIP) stuff, because it wasn't the same old same old he recycled from book to book. Instead, it was based on research material that Mark Yerger provided to him. There is some duplication with Yerger's two Knights of Steel volumes, but those books nev...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Sun Feb 09, 2003 10:27 am
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Leon DeGrelle and his memoirs...
Replies: 7
Views: 1718

Degrelle wrote this book in exile in Spain, where he had no access to documents or old comrades, so he had to rely on his memory. And it is only natural that he sought to put himself in the best possible light.
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Fri Feb 07, 2003 2:53 pm
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Leon DeGrelle and his memoirs...
Replies: 7
Views: 1718

My French is very poor, but apparently Degrelle (NOT DeGrelle) was a very good writer. Certainly, the English translation of his wartime memoirs (he wrote many other books) captures exactly the sort of poetic descriptions that Scneider mentions. However, while Degrelle's book is extremely entertaini...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Thu Feb 06, 2003 12:12 pm
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Anyone Who've Read Pierik's From Leningrad to Berlin?
Replies: 5
Views: 1165

Daniel, it is not so much that the book is full of errors, but instead, that it is so lacking in information on its subject. The book starts with a discussion on Juegen Stroop and the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto. A lot of time is then spent establishing the negative aspects of the SS, which is ...