Hi guys -
Mark Yerger said that Bayer published a text volume along with his Bildband on the Waffen-SS cavalry. If he did, it is long out of print and not widely available. Moreover, I do not know if Bayer's work would truly be definitive; I believe that if a young historian like Rudi or Roland Pfeiffer were to cover the 22. SS-Kav.Div., that they might do a better job than Bayer could under the circumstances of his time. Here's why:
a) Bayer would have had to cover two divisions in one book, and certainly more attention would be paid to the older (Stamm) division, Florian Geyer.
b) Bayer must have written the book many years ago, perhaps at a time when Himmler's files (BA NS-19, microfilmed by the Americans as Microcopy T-175) and those of the German ambassador to Hungary (PA-AA, microfilmed by the Americans as T-120) were not yet open to researchers. These documents are EXTREMELY valuable sources when writing about Volksdeutsche or non-German units.
c) The Hungarian archives are now open to researchers. Rudi, who lives in Hungary, can now go to Budapest and read the Horthy government's files regarding the drafting of Hungarian Volksdeutsche into the Waffen-SS (this is where most of Maria Theresia's soldiers came from). He can also visit local city and town archives to find information on the fighting "MT" saw in Hungary prior to Budapest. He can learn of the fates of those Volksdeutsche who remained in Hungary after the war (more than one would think) under the post-war Communist government. The records of the Hungarian Red Cross and other organizations are available, as is Communist literature, which must be used with caution but can yield good leads.
d) More and more Soviet material is becoming available, thus providing more insight on their side of the battles.
Mark - I didn't know that you covered Maria Theresia. I'll have to buy that book for sure!