Hitler's Boy Soldiers - The Hitlerjugend Story, by Hans Seidler, subtitled 'Images of War - Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives'
Published by Pen and Sword in 2013, 112 pages. Softback (N5804)
Brand New Book
From the rear side cover: Founded in 1922, the Hitler Youth movement, or Hitlerjugend, was comprised of male youths aged 14 to 18 and, by December 1936, membership stood at over 5,000,000. During the Second World War its role evolved from assisting with the postal, train and fire services into full war fighting. Recruits went into units such as the elite 12th SS Panzer-Division 'Hitlerjugend' and, in this brilliantly illustrated book, we see graphic images of this Waffen-SS force in action both on the Eastern and Western fronts. Even as the Nazi cause faced inevitable defeat these units fought with disturbing bravery and, after surrender in May 1945, fanatical elements carried out guerrilla actions in the Bavarian and Austrian mountains.
Using rare and often unseen contemporary images, this latest work in the increasingly popular Images of War series traces the development of the Hitlerjugend into a formidable fighting formation and gives the reader a better understanding of this legendary but distasteful Nazi organisation.