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DAS Reich V
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DAS Reich V

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Das Reich V is the final volume in the massive history of the 2 SS Panzer Division Das Reich, and covers its actions from the end of 1943 until the end of WW II in May 1945. Following the battles and retreats during the summer and fall of 1943, in December Das Reich was withdrawn for refitting and reorganization in the west. However, it left a sizeable kampfgruppe to support the defence of the Eastern Front. The Kampfgruppe Das Reich fought in southern Russia until April 1944, when it rejoined the division in southern France. Das Reich moved north after the Allies landed in Normandy. It fought hard around Caen and later held the exit for retreating German units from the Falaise Pocket. The division retreated toward the German border and its elements defended in the Westwall during September and October. After refitting once more, in December 1944 Das Reich participated in the Ardennes Offensive until mid-January 1945. In February and March 1945 one of its elements fought at the Remagen Bridgehead.

At the beginning of February 1945 the division was transferred to Hungary. After a hurried refitting, in March it participated in the three efforts to relieve Budapest. Following that failed attempt, Das Reich fell back toward Austria in late March. It defended Vienna for approximately 2 weeks and then it was broken up, its units fighting in Austria and Czechoslovakia. In May, the various elements had to fight their way toward the west. Some surrendered to the Allies, some to the Russians, others to the Czechs, who then turned them over to the Russians. The last attempts lasted until several days after the official surrender date.

This last volume closes the book on the first division of the Waffen-SS. Das Reich produced the most Knight’s Cross recipients and during the war contributed cadres for many of the later SS-Divisions. We hope that you, the reader, will find it interesting and informative.

The book is a standard JJ Fedorowicz Publishing, 6” x 9” hard cover publication, with 470 pages, 74 photos and 24 maps.

ISBN 978-0-921991-99-1







Last Updated: Friday, 31 October 2014 19:46
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J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing went into business in 1983 as Military Book Distributor, selling other companies’ books through the mail. Many of those books were in German, and so during the next few years a number of individuals commented on how it would be nice to see them in English. I investigated the costs and possibilities, and the first book was printed; 400 copies of a 40-page biography on Paul Hausser (how many of you own that one?). This was followed by European Volunteers, the first hard cover and first translation. And here we are now, almost 100 books later, and many more to go.

From the first day, the company’s objective was to provide translations of the very best German-language books covering the German ground forces in WW II and to publish them in a format that would last many years (hard cover, on acid-free paper, with laminated covers). It appears that we have been fairly successful.

Started as a one-man operation by John Fedorowicz, the company grew steadily until more help was needed. Over time, 3 partners came on board and we added Tiger Hobbies as a local outlet for modelers and book buyers. Eventually, as times and economic circumstances demanded, the company has returned to the original owner. However, Sharron, who came on board in 2002 as office manager, has stayed to keep me in line and on target. Ken helps with Tiger Hobbies. So here we are, John, Sharron and Ken - when you call you will get one of us.

Defying the hard economic situation, we plan to publish many more excellent books in the future and to serve your reading and modeling needs for many more years.