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Sons of the Reich: II SS Panzer Corps, Normandy, Arnhem, the Ardennes and on the Eastern Front

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The history of II SS Panzer Corps is a short and violent one. This meticulously researched book documents the actions of the 9th and 10th SS Panzer Divisions from activation until October 1944, and the 2nd and 9th SS Divisions from December 1944 until the end of the war. This period encompasses the Battle of Normandy, the escape from the Falaise Pocket, the MARKET GARDEN e ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published June 30th 2013 by Pen & Sword Books (first published July 1st 2002)
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Brit Hopper
Dec 21, 2015 Brit Hopper rated it really liked it
An excellent history of the II SS Panzer Corps from France and Holland through the Eastern Front; includes histories of the 9th (Hohenstaufen) and 10th (Fundsberg) SS PZ Divisions as well as Das Reich and Hitlerjugend when those divisions were task organized under the Corps. Michael Reynolds does a great job of synthesizing the unit after action reports (where available) and gives a "day-by-day" account of the unit and its endeavors. The only complaint I have (and it's minor) is the maps (some 3 ...more
Andrew
Mar 22, 2016 Andrew rated it liked it
When I saw this book, I was pretty excited. The 9th and 10th SS Panzer Divisions haven't received as much attention as their more (in)famous brethren, and I'd heard Reynolds is a good author. Unfortunately, Sons of the Reich is really spotty and uneven in it's coverage of it's subject. The parts of the narrative that involve II SS Panzer Corps fighting British opponents receive more, and more thorough, attention than where they fought the Americans or Soviets.

The narrative also suffers a bit fr
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Alistair
Aug 09, 2011 Alistair rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, military
This is a must read for any WWII history buff.



It is filled with all the dates and facts that could have turned this book in to a interesting yet boaring read. Reynolds has however brought in a lot of descriptive narrative and personal accouts from the soldiers themselves and it adds the depth that makes this book well rounded.



Also if possible I recommend that you get a detailed map of France and Europe, or get on google earth. There is so much description that you can chart the ebb and follow o
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Art
Jan 25, 2014 Art rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-ii
It's been a few years since I I've read this. It's still nice to catch a II SS Panzer Corp history that you don't have to translate from French or German like the old days. Currently my favorite book on the subject.
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