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by Marc Rikmenspoel
Tue Dec 10, 2002 11:24 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: SS Totenkopf northern France May 1940 -actions against BEF
Replies: 22
Views: 4327

I can already predict that few will believe this, but private (unpublished) information I have received from British and German veterans indicates that the British forces in Flanders in May 1940 were guilty of many atrocities involving the shooting of German prisoners and Flemish nationalists, men t...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Mon Dec 09, 2002 10:51 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Any MILITARY justification for an independent Waffen-SS?
Replies: 23
Views: 3236

This isn't necessarily "justification," but some good that came out of the creation of the Waffen-SS (really, the SS-VT) which would not have occurred otherwise, involves the officer training of men who lacked an Abitur. Hundreds of very talented young men who came from poor economic backgrounds, an...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Mon Dec 09, 2002 10:30 am
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Author Critique: Franz Kurowski
Replies: 13
Views: 3559

JJF told me Kurowski was a signaller in WW2, and that he saw little or no frontline action. His essential quality was that he decided very early on to write about the war, so from the mid-1950's (at the latest) he began to collect material and to interview important veterans. So of course his Aces b...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Fri Nov 15, 2002 12:20 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Regiment vs regiment in a division
Replies: 2
Views: 1382

I definitely agree when it comes to the Heer's GD. The PG regiment was the original IR GD, which was well trained and blooded as a unit. The PF regiment was a new unit quickly put together and sent into action over the course of a few months during 1942. It never had time to properly gel, and develo...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Thu Nov 14, 2002 12:54 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Best Books about Wiking Division
Replies: 10
Views: 3482

I second both of the recommendations made above. The photo book is one of the best that Munin ever did. Another photo book they did, in German only, is Verweht sind die Spuren, which is a smaller title focused on SS-Panzer Regiment 5. A former officer of that regiment, Ewald Klapdor, self published ...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Wed Nov 06, 2002 12:11 am
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: The Good Soldier by Alfred Novotny
Replies: 8
Views: 3891

I was technical editor for the book, I worked with Fred Novotny to add new material to his much shorter, self-published first edition. I can try to answer any questions about the book here on this forum.
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Sun Oct 27, 2002 3:01 pm
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Question re three SS-Oberführer
Replies: 4
Views: 2916

Paul Kresin was a Heer officer. As an Oberst, he headed Arko 138, which functioned as the artillery command staff for the III.(germanisches) SS-Panzerkorps, and was awarded the German Cross in Gold on September 1, 1944. He's not listed in the November 9, 1944 SS-Dienstalterliste, but it is quite pos...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Thu Oct 24, 2002 10:46 am
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Steel Inferno by Michael Reynolds
Replies: 8
Views: 3578

I have Reynolds' books, and I enjoyed reading them, but do keep in mind that most of them, in most areas, don't have a lot of information you won't already find in the divisional histories. So Steel Inferno, for example, takes a bit of information from British reports and books, but is otherwise lar...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Sat Oct 19, 2002 11:55 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: SS books I'd like to read
Replies: 12
Views: 3484

For Charlie, Antonio Munoz's Forgotten Legions : Obscure Combat Formations of the Waffen-SS has a long section on the SS-FJ Bataillonen 500 & 600. Combined with the Munin/Nation Europa photo book, you can get a decent impression of the unit. As to Budapest, the battle for the city and the Konrad rel...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Fri Oct 18, 2002 10:28 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: SS books I'd like to read
Replies: 12
Views: 3484

I'd like to see a detailed, accurate book that follows the III.(germanisches) SS-Panzerkorps from Oranienbaum to Berlin, with many personal accounts and new photos. Many existing books give a piece of the puzzle, but I've pretty much decided I'll have to write the definitive work myself. I consider ...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Tue Oct 15, 2002 10:06 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Das Reich Tank Commander
Replies: 2
Views: 1641

That sounds like Matthias Alexy, from 7./SS-PR 2, who was promoted to SS-Ustuf. and awarded the Honor Roll Clasp on October 27, 1944.
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Fri Oct 11, 2002 1:21 pm
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Loyalty is My Honour by Gordon Williamson
Replies: 12
Views: 6154

I found the book interesting, but I wish longer interview excerpts were reprinted, as most are quite short. And Williamson's comments are sometimes rather badly informed (however, I have heard privately that he took considerable unwarranted grief for being "pro-Nazi" after the book came out). This i...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Fri Oct 11, 2002 1:15 pm
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Cossack books
Replies: 5
Views: 2529

Cossacks in the German Army is a good basic text, though quite overpriced. A decent out of print book with similar details is The Forgotten Axis, by J. Lee Ready. The Pannwitz Cossacks book is the best photographic coverage of the subject yet assembled, though you should note that most of the photog...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Sun Oct 06, 2002 10:03 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Otto Baum biography - Question for Mark
Replies: 6
Views: 2945

Of course, Patrick Agte has his German language biographies of Wittmann and Peiper, which were translated into English by Fedorowicz. And Agte's German-only "Europas Freiwillige der Waffen-SS" is similar in format to Mark's Waffen-SS commanders set, only covering the non-German high award winners (K...
by Marc Rikmenspoel
Sun Oct 06, 2002 9:37 am
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Twelfth SS Armored Division by Herbert Walther
Replies: 3
Views: 1279

It's a small photo book, and most of the 12th SS photos are also found in Meyer's divisional history. It does have some different British and French photos of British troops and of the ruins of bombed out Caen. It is an ok book to pick up cheap, but nothing essential.