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Eyes of the Division
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Eyes of the Division

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Following the previously-published Hot Motors, Cold Feet, Helmut Günther’s exciting personal accounts of his service in WW II continue in this volume. Suffering from bad frostbite in December 1941 at the approaches to Moscow as a member of the reconnaissance battalion of Division “Das Reich”, Günther was evacuated. After a long recuperation he attended an officer candidate school. Promoted to Untersturmführer, he was assigned to the reconnaissance battalion (SS-Panzerafklärungs-Abteilung 17) of the 17.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division “Götz von Berlichingen”, which was being established in Normandy. Initially a platoon leader, he rose to command a company. His account begins in early June 1944, just before the Allied invasion of Normandy.

The author recounts the early reconnaissance before and during the early stages of the invasion, the confused fighting in the Carentan-Coutances-St.Lô area on the Cherbourg Peninsula, the escape from the Roncey Pocket, the retreat toward and through Paris, and the fighting around Metz. That is where Günther was wounded and left the unit. Recuperating in Dresden, he witnessed the apocalyptic bombing of the city. He entered American captivity and recounts the horrible treatment the prisoners received. Finally, through accounts of his former comrades, he describes the history of SS-Panzeraufklärungs-Abteilung 17 from the fighting at Metz until the German surrender.

The author’s readable writing style is laced with cynical observations and humourous incidents. The reader experiences the day-to-day life of riflemen in a motorised armour reconnaissance unit. Movement, observation and combat as a mobile reserve were the missions of Günther’s men mounted in Schwimmwagen. The first to advance, and the last to withdraw, that was their daily lot.

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Hardcover, 258 pages, 68 photographs, 11 maps and 8 documents

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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.