Waffen-SS Knights and their Battles – Volume 5: June to August 1944 is the fifth volume of the on-going project detail the chronological bestowal of all Knight’s Cross related awards to the soldiers of the Waffen-SS during the Second World War.
This volume covers the time frame from the start of June to the end of August 1944 and focuses on the Allied landings in Normandy, France and the Summer battles. It also details the movement from the Narwa bridgehead and onto the Tannenberg Line and actions in Latvia and Poland; the Italian, Balkan and Greek activity is covered too.
By the end of August 1944, the western Allies had almost cleared the entire Normandy region of the Germans, and in the east, the Soviet offensive against Army Group Centre had left the northern and southern located Waffen-SS units further exposed. It was a true ‘game-changing’ 3-month period of time for the German soldier and those Waffen-SS formations stationed here.
This volume details a further 76 Knight’s Cross related awards (the most in any single volume to date) and features 61 Knight’s Cross, 6 Oakleaves, 8 Swords and the final set of Diamonds awardees. 30 Maps and 78 photographs help to visualize the battles that tested these soldiers and provided them with the chance to receive the awards detailed within. An intense volume and one that will add to your overall understanding of the conflict.
Peter Mooney. 411 pages. Hard cover. 6″ x 9″. English text. 78 photos. 30 maps.