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Halls of Valhalla (Where the Brave Live Forever)
SS Panzer Divisions - Volume 1
308 pages; 23 chapters and 6 appendixes
This two-volume e-book set of active combat history discusses seven German
Waffen SS Panzer Divisions (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 9th, 10th, and 12th). Halls of
Valhalla focuses on the organization and fighting style of the seven Waffen SS
combat divisions that won almost all of the prestigious Knight's Crosses awarded
to the Waffen SS. All of these SS panzer divisions, the best of the best, fought
on the Eastern Front in Word War II. The 2nd SS Panzer Division, 5th SS
Panzer Division, and 12th SS Panzer Divisions each are discussed in three to
five chapters of in-depth analysis. New information is revealed regarding the rapid
destruction and reformation of these German Army divisions, many of whom
were involved in continuous close combat for years. Learn the truth about the best
SS Panzer Divisions, the 1st SS Panzer Division, the 5th SS Panzer Division
and the 12th SS Panzer Division.
Volume 1 of Halls of Valhalla covers the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Waffen SS Panzer
Divisions. Volume 2 of Halls of Valhalla describes the exploits of the 5th, 9th,
10th and 12th Waffen SS Panzer Divisions. Halls of Valhalla is a monumental
work of interest to anyone who wants to learn about Waffen SS Panzer Divisions.
”As the fates of war began to clearly turn against Germany by the spring of 1944, a high-ranking clique of military officers
in the Axis-allied Slovakian Army formed a conspiracy to make contingency plans for saving themselves before total
defeat descended upon them. As a result contacts were quickly established in both the Western "Allied" and Soviet
communist camps and an illicit "shadow" military government was established at the Slovak Army garrison in the central
Slovakian city of Banska Bystrica.
Relations between Germany and the vigorously anti-communist Tiso government, had remained excellent throughout the
war years. Father Tiso was not an overbearing dictator; he had managed to retain the demeanor of a genial, country
priest. Tiso's main fault was that he put too much trust in his subordinates, particularly those in the military services. The
Slovakian Army had been put together from the remains of the disbanded Czech Army and it retained an officer corps
that was more loyal to the old Czech government than to the new Slovakian one! While the war was going well for
Germany (and Slovakia), this made little difference, and for two years the Slovak armed forces on the Eastern Front
fought well and capably. But by late 1943, with the military situation turning against Germany, the disloyal officers began
to get nervous.
The SS units that squelched the Slovak rebellion were second line troops, yet their performance was equal to that of the
best SS Panzer Divisions, the 1st SS Panzer Division, the 5th SS Panzer Division and the 12th SS Panzer Division. “
Excerpt from Halls of Valhalla
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