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by Marc Rikmenspoel
Wed Feb 05, 2003 3:06 pm
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Nordland
Replies: 4
Views: 1113

Many details not found in Tieke's book are included in Raza de Vikingos, Erik Norling's history of the Nordland Division, published by Garcia Hispan in Spain. Norling is of mixed Swedish and Spanish descent, and he was able to work directly with the Norwegian Waffen-SS veterans' association to colle...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Wed Feb 05, 2003 2:57 pm
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Anyone Who've Read Pierik's From Leningrad to Berlin?
Replies: 5
Views: 1165

It's a really bad book, full of tangents that let Pierik discuss his politics without advancing the history of the unit. I enjoyed Pierik's book Hungary 1944-45 The Forgotten Tragedy, and I expected better of this other one. I was even more disappointed when I found that the English translation incl...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Sat Feb 01, 2003 7:10 pm
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Sons of the Reich
Replies: 13
Views: 2622

The thing about Mongomery that doesn't get mentioned often enough is that he didn't bungle his opportunities, while many other British generals did, particularly in North Africa. Monty was lucky to have the time and opportunity to stack the deck in his favor in several campaigns, and then did not wa...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Thu Jan 30, 2003 11:45 am
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Operation Citadel, A Text and Photo Album by Jean Restayn
Replies: 11
Views: 3385

Frederick, you've probably heard the nickname for Wehrmacht female signal personnel, the front soldiers referred to them as "field matresses." I'm not sure how much sexual activity actually took place, compared to how much was believed to occur.
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Wed Jan 29, 2003 11:28 am
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Operation Citadel, A Text and Photo Album by Jean Restayn
Replies: 11
Views: 3385

In Herbert Walter's photo book on the 1. SS-PD LSSAH, released in English translation by Schiffer, he identifies the Marder with the name "Lausbub" on it as his personal mount during the Kharkov campaign, when he was a platoon commander in SS-PJA 1. As to personal projects, I helped my Belgian frien...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Fri Jan 24, 2003 11:39 pm
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Operation Citadel, A Text and Photo Album by Jean Restayn
Replies: 11
Views: 3385

Nate, just for your curiosity, "Lausbub" (rascal or bad boy in English) was the personal mount of SS-Ustuf. Herbert Walther, who went on to assemble three photo books on the Waffen-SS and to contribute to various other projects.
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Mon Jan 20, 2003 11:07 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Were Waffen SS Generals like Eicke?
Replies: 7
Views: 3091

Many were very good battlefield commanders, the best evidence to support this can be found in Yerger's Waffen-SS Commanders two volume set. A list of effective Waffen-SS generals includes Hausser, Dietrich (at least up to corps level, and always with the help of good staff officers), Bittrich, Stein...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Mon Jan 20, 2003 10:52 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Questions about Theodor Eicke
Replies: 18
Views: 6825

Hellmuth Becker represented the last holdover of pre-war SS-TV influence within the division, and by the time he returned from the 16. SS-PGD RFSS, he was essentially isolated, and had almost all SS-VT originated officers as his subordinates, unlike the situation a couple of years and more earlier, ...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Sun Jan 19, 2003 11:50 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Questions about Theodor Eicke
Replies: 18
Views: 6825

One aspect of Eicke's character that no one has brought up is his hatred of the traditional Junker class of Prussian officer. This developed during the First World War, when Eicke was a simple paymaster, and not a frontline combat soldier. As Eicke organized the SS-TV into combat troops during the l...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Sat Jan 18, 2003 4:02 pm
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Foreign manpower in Waffen-SS
Replies: 12
Views: 3170

Many of these figures seem wildly wrong to me. I studied various sources while preparing my Waffen-SS Encyclopedia, and whenever possible, I based the figures I listed on material prepared within the country in question. The Dutch figure of 50,000 is widely quoted, and is seen as part of a total of ...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Wed Jan 08, 2003 12:48 am
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: Volunteers from Switzerland and Sweden
Replies: 17
Views: 6495

I agree with what Fons wrote, Oertle's book is one of the best WW2 histories I have seen on any W-SS related subject. It is well worth getting, and the last I knew, some German dealers carried it, but that was a couple of years ago, and it may be out of print (I got mine from an American friend who ...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Sat Jan 04, 2003 9:15 pm
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: To Battle by Michael James Melnyk
Replies: 28
Views: 8916

I'm happy to add the public acclaim for To Battle, it seems to be easily the best book yet on the Galician/Ukrainian Division (I haven't finished it yet). I can also support what Mike and Mark have written, in that there's a great satisfaction in having actually completed a project, and that the mea...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Wed Jan 01, 2003 12:05 pm
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: prinz eugen ss division
Replies: 3
Views: 1240

The "Prinz Eugen" was the 7. SS-Freiwilligen Gebirgs Division, a mountain division actually formed primarily from conscription. Its initial complement came from the portion of the Banat (an ethnic-German region north of Belgrade) given to Serbia after WW1. Later, the manpower was supplemented by oth...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Wed Jan 01, 2003 11:57 am
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Books by Georg Maier?
Replies: 13
Views: 1909

Fedorowicz has a translation of Drama zwischen Budapest und Wien in the works. The process has been ongoing for several years, but it may get published during 2003.
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Tue Dec 31, 2002 3:49 pm
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Leon Degrelle - 'Eastern front'
Replies: 2
Views: 977

Degrelle had no military background at all, none, because as the oldest son of a large family he was exempted from conscription. Most other right wing political leaders in Belgium were Belgian Army reserve officers, and thus they gained commissions when joining the German military. This included men...