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Post by Massimiliano Afiero » Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:33 pm

Number two of The new magazine RITTERKREUZ is ready. The magazine is dedicated to Waffen SS military history, edited in italian but with short summary in english for international readers. In this issue article of Mark C.Yerger, Carlos Caballero Jurado, Jean Pierre Sourd and Massimiliano Afiero. For major info, visite the site: www.maxafiero.it.

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Post by Massimiliano Afiero » Mon Mar 30, 2009 2:50 pm

Ritterkreuz, short summary year 1 number 1


Waffen SS at war, 26th Chapter: The SS-PanzerKorps attacks towards north
On march 18th the Leibstandarte and Das Reich divisions set the attack towards Bjelgorod, while the Totenkpof division was blocked by the soviet assaults in the area of Tschgujev. That morning the PzAOK 4 proposed to deploy the Totenkopf against Murom. The regiment Theodor Eicke encountered a strong resistance and only in the late afternoon they achieved to occupy the south outskirts of the town. On March 19th three Totenokopf battlegroups were formed with the task to conquer the positions of Stariza, Ternowaja and Isbizkoje. The conquest of Bjelgorod and the annihilation of the soviet forces on the west bank of Donetz were attained at the end of the day but not all the objectives were reached and a huge number of casualities was reported for the Totenkopf. On march 1943 the SS PanzerKorps was ordered to occupy the west bank of the Donetz. Such a task was accomplished with many casualities. In April the divisional commander Max Simon was replaced by Hermann Priess. The Division was relieved in its position from April 24th and its units were transferred to the west side of Kharkov to be re-equipped. New guns (Sdkfz 124, Sdkfz 165) and amoured vehicles (49 Pzkpfw III, 33 Pzkpfw IV and 10 Pzkpfw VI) were delivered and new recruits were assigned to the division.

RSD: a special protection for the Führer
Before the raise to the power, Hitler preferred to be escorted by his old and loyal comrades. These guys formed the so-called Begleit Kommando. When he was at the Chancellory he ordered the constitution of the special personal detachment Leibstandarte but he continued to be protected by the Begleit Kommando. However this unit proved itself scarcely professional and Himmler decided to add to it a new one formed by policemen from Kripo and BAYPOPO and then from GESTAPO. The second unit was named ReichSichereitsDienst (RSD) in 1934 and only later both were organized within the Führer Begleit Kommando. The RSD had several task such as visitors check, inspections of the Führers room, mail checks.

The Frundsberg in the pocket of Falaise
After the battle of Stalingrand and the surrender of Tunisia the pocket of Falaise was the worst defeat for the Germans. In the early period of the landing in Normandy the Germans could contrast the Allies with small counterattacks. The crysis occurred when the Americans attacked in the direction of Avranches, from south and the British toward east, close to Falaise. The 10th SS Division Frundsberg was deployed at the beginning of the battle against the American near the village of Villers Bocage. When it was clear to the German High Command that the pincers was closing, the Frundsberg and the 12th SS Division Hitlerjugend undertook an extreme effort to cover the retreat from the pocket of Falaise. Insofar about 50.000 German soldiers could escape the total annihilation but the highest number of casualities was suffered by the SS troops.

SS-Hauptsturmführer Gustav Schreiber
Gustav Schreiber was born in 1916 at Selm (Westphal). In 1939 he served in the SS-VT Regiment Germania. He showed soon a particular attitude for the military service. Later on he was posted in the Wiking division. He fought in Russia and obtained his Knight Cross of the Iron Cross on December the 2nd 1943 for outstanding achievements during the operations near Stalino along the Mius. His bravery was proved again in the defensive battle of the Cherkassy pocket where at the end he was taken prisoner. He came back to Germany after 6 years of soviet captivity and died in his native town in 1995.

SS- Obersturmbahnführer Christian Tychsen
Tychsen was the bravest panzer commander of the SS-Division Das Reich. He commanded the II./Langemark and later the II Abteilung. In the heavy fightings of Kharkov he proved outstanding leadership skills and was awarded with Knight Cross of the Iron cross on November the 11th 1943, upon recommendation of the divisional commander Walter Krüger. Posted to the Normandy front he fought, as regimental commander, against the Americans and was killed after his capture on July the 28th 1944.

SS-Infanterie-Regiment 9 ‘Thule’
The initial unit was formed in June 1940 with recruits coming fron the III/SS-Totenkopf-Rekruten-Standarte and was transferred in Norway. At the beginning of the operations against the Soviet Unions it was employed, within the Kampfgruppe Nord, in the area of Murmansk. At the end of 1941 the Regiment was moved on the Leningrad front. In July 1942 after heavy fightings it was retired in Germany and was integrated in the SS-Panzergrenadier-Division “Totenkopf”.

Cirillo Covallero – an Italian volunteer in the 4th Division SS-Polizei
After joining the SS-Polizei Division Covallero followed its retreat along the Balcans through Vienna and finally in Munich. From Germany he was transferred in northern Italy where he abandoned the German troops and joined the Italian RSI Division Decima MAS . He was employed in the unit of Nuotatori Paracadudisti (swimmer parachustist). Covallero followed the operation of his unit in the northern east Italy and took part in the anti-patisan warfare.

Anti-tank weapons of the Waffen SS - Granatbüchse 39, Panzerbüchse M SS 41
The first weapon Panzerbüchse 39 proved itself uneffective against the new russian tank T34, however 37.000 specimens were produced. A subsequent development of the PzB 39 was the Granatbüchse 39. This weapon was quite heavy in the anti-tank role and was completely replaced by the Panzerfaust and Panzerschreck. The SS, having the control of the factory Zbrojovka in Czechoslovakia, developed a new weapon derived from the PzB 39, that was called Panzerbüchse M SS 41. It was loaded with the standard German anti-tank ammuniton “Patrone 318” and was used succesfully against light armoured vehicles (up to 30 mm thickness).

Ottomar Anton – the fascination of the poster
O. Anton was born in Hamburg in 1895. He attended the grafic art school and started his carrer drawing posters for merchant marine and airline companies. During the Nazi period he painted several famous posters, many of those were dedicated to the SS and to other political organization. Amongst his masterpieces there are many posters for the enrolement in the SS of the foreign volunteers. He continued his activity after the war and become professor in the artistic school of Bremen. He died in 1976.

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Post by Massimiliano Afiero » Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:08 am

Elenco articoli numero 3 Ritterkreuz

Waffen SS in guerra (28a parte) di M. Afiero
La SS-Polizei conquista Luga di C. Trang
Brigata Wallonie di E. Norling
Landstorm Nederland (2a parte) di M. Afiero
Johannes Mühlenkamp di M.C.Yerger
Le armi anticarro della Waffen SS (4a parte) di S. Canavassi
Panzerkampfabzeichen di M. Bianchi

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Post by Massimiliano Afiero » Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:16 pm

The number 4 of magazine:

Index of contents:

Waffen SS in guerra (29a parte) di M. Afiero
La Florian Geyer in Ungheria di C. Trang
Brigata Wallonie (2a parte) di E. Norling
La 32a divisione SS '30.Januar' di M. Afiero
Harald Nugiseks di A. Guerra
Sepp Dietrich di A. Lombardi
Le armi anticarro della Waffen SS (5a parte) di S. Canavassi
Ernst Krause di H. Wulf
Allgemeines Sturmabzeichen di M. Bianchi
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Post by Massimiliano Afiero » Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:34 pm

The number 5, september 2009:

Waffen SS in guerra (30a parte) di M.Afiero
L'ultima battaglia della Frundsberg di Alberto Peruffo
Brigata Wallonie (3a parte) di Erik Norling
La 32a divisione SS '30 Januar' (2a parte) di M.Afiero
La Reichsführer SS sul fiume Senio di Sergio Corbatti
Paul Hausser di Andrea Lombardi
Otto Hermann Fegelein di Giorgio Barsotti
Le Armi Anticarro della Waffen SS (6a parte) di S.Canavassi
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Post by Massimiliano Afiero » Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:32 am

New number 6, Nov/Dic. 2009

Numero 6 RITTERKREUZ
Novembre / Dicembre 2009

Storia Waffen SS (31a parte)
La Leibstandarte in Italia
Operazioni antipartigiane dell'SS-Karstwehr-Bataillon
L'SS-West Korps
Herbert Otto Gille
MG 39/41
Werwundeten Abzeichen
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Post by Massimiliano Afiero » Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:37 am

Number 7 of magazine Ritterkreuz, January 2010

Contents:

Waffen SS in guerra (32a parte) di Massimiliano Afiero
La Leibstandarte in Italia (2a parte) di Charles Trang
'Un pitale colmo di... ' di Giorgio Barsotti
SS-Obersturmbannführer Franz Hack di Antonio Guerra
La battaglia per il Reichstag di Marco Linguardo
Brigata Wallonien (5a parte) di Erik Norling
Anatomia di un Soldbuch della Waffen SS di Marcello Bianchi
Maschinengewehr 42 di Stefano Canavassi
Distintivi Nazionali Volontari stranieri della Waffen-SS di Massimiliano Falconi

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Number 8 March 2010

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(Contents) Elenco articoli numero 8 Ritterkreuz

Pio Filippani-Ronconi: presente!
Waffen SS in guerra (33a parte) di Massimiliano Afiero
Il battesimo del fuoco della Nordland in Croazia di Erik Norling
Festung Breslau, l’assedio di Breslavia di Alberto Peruffo
Volontari Valloni a Breslau di Massimiliano Afiero
I Tigre della Das Reich, di Antonio Guerra
SS-Sturmbannführer Adolf Hans Pittschellis di Giorgio Barsotti
Controffensiva sul fronte del Mius di Charles Trang
Colline di Ghemme, Piemonte febbraio 1945 di Giuseppe Vassalli
Maschinengewehr 42, 2a parte di Stefano Canavassi

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Number 9 Ritterkreuz, May 2010

Post by Massimiliano Afiero » Tue May 11, 2010 9:11 am

Contents:

André Bayle: presente! di Chris Chatelet
Waffen SS in guerra (34a parte) di Massimiliano Afiero
La Franz.-SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade Nr.8 di Chris Chatelet
I Tigre della Das Reich (2a Parte) di Antonio Guerra
Controffensiva sul fronte del Mius (2a Parte) di Charles Trang
SS-Sturmbannführer Walter Reder di Giorgio Barsotti
Le unità Flak della Waffen SS di Stefano Canavassi

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Post by Massimiliano Afiero » Sat Jun 26, 2010 6:42 am

Ritterkreuz numero 10, luglio 2010

Waffen SS in guerra, 35a parte di Massimiliano Afiero
Paul Pignard-Berthet: ricordi di guerra! A cura della Redazione
L’ultimo saluto di Diego Michelini
La 33.Waffen-Gren.-Division der SS 'Charlemagne' di C. Chatelet
I Tigre della Das Reich, 3a Parte di Antonio Guerra
La 30.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS di Massimiliano Afiero
SS-Obersturmbannführer Vinzenz Kaiser di Giorgio Barsotti
Le unità corazzate della Waffen SS di Stefano Canavassi

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Number 11

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Ritterkreuz numero 11, settembre 2010

Waffen SS in guerra, 36a parte di Massimiliano Afiero
La 33.Waffen-Gren.-Division der SS 'Charlemagne' (2a parte) di C. Chatelet
I Tigre della Das Reich, 4a Parte di Antonio Guerra
SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Vogt di Giorgio Barsotti
La 21.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS 'Skanderberg' di Massimiliano Afiero
Le unità corazzate della Waffen SS (2a parte) di Stefano Canavassi

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magazine Ritterkreuz number 12 Nov 2010

Post by Massimiliano Afiero » Sat Nov 20, 2010 12:44 am

is available Ritterkreuz the new issue of the magazine devoted to military history of the Waffen SS, in Italian, with a brief summary for English readers. Number 12, november 2010.

Contents

I primi mezzi blindati della Waffen SS (the first vehicles armoured of the Waffen SS)
Waffen SS in guerra, 37a parte di Massimiliano Afiero (Waffen SS at war)
La 21.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS 'Skanderberg' (2a parte) di Massimiliano Afiero
La Totenkopf sul fronte polacco, estate 1944 di Charles Trang (The Totenkopf on the poland front, summer 1944)
SS-Haupsturmführer Franz Krombholz di Giorgio Barsotti
Le unità corazzate della Waffen SS (3a parte) di Stefano Canavassi (The armoured units of the Waffen SS)

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Issue 13 January 2011

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Issue 13 January 2011

Waffen SS in guerra, 38a parte di M.Afiero
La 21.Waffen-Geb.-Div. der SS 'Skanderbeg' 3a parte di M.Afiero
Leg-Unterscharführer Per Willy Meidell di Erik Norling
La battaglia di Narva, 1944 di Mansal Denton
SS-Haupsturmführer Hans Juchem di Giorgio Barsotti
La SS-Französische Flakbatterie di Jacques Vasseur
La Götz von Berlichingen in Normandia di Antonio Guerra
Le unità corazzate della Waffen SS 4a parte di S. Canavassi
I Tigre della Waffen SS (Tavole a colori)

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Issue 14, Marzo/Aprile 2011

Post by Massimiliano Afiero » Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:55 pm

Issue 13 January 2011

Waffen SS in guerra, 39a parte di Massimiliano Afiero
Il Kampfgruppe Brinkmann...di Stephan Cazenave
SS-Haupsturmführer Hans Malkomes di Cesare Veronesi
La Götz von Berlichingen in Normandia di Antonio Guerra
SS-Sturmbannführer Carl-Heinz Frühauf di Massimiliano Afiero
Il ritorno della Handschar nei Balcani...di Massimiliano Afiero
La Totenkopf sul fronte polacco, luglio 1944 di Charles Trang
Le unità corazzate della Waffen SS, 5a parte di Stefano Canavassi

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Issue 15, Magazine Ritterkreuz

Post by Massimiliano Afiero » Fri May 20, 2011 10:40 pm

Issue 15, May 2011

Berretto M-43 per le truppe corazzate delle Waffen-SS di R.Chavez ed E.Moresco
Waffen SS in guerra (40a parte): formazione ed impiego della Brigata Reichsführer-SS di Massimiliano Afiero
SS-Untersturmführer Hermann Dahlke di Michele Raucci
La Götz von Berlichingen in Normandia, 3a parte di Antonio Guerra
SS-Obersturmbannführer Hans Dorr (1a parte) di Giorgio Barsotti
La 12.SS-Panzer-Division 'Hitlerjugend' nell'offensiva delle Ardenne, inverno 1944-45 (1a parte) di Cesare Veronesi
Le unità corazzate della Waffen SS (6a parte) di Stefano Canavassi

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