SS Grenadiers on the Russian Front

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives by Bob Carruthers

Another addition to the long-running ‘Images of War’ series of books, this example takes a look at the Waffen-SS on the Russian Front from 1941 to 1945. The book is filled with an outstanding collection of photographs which vividly demonstrates the highs and the lows and reality of combat. The author, military historian Bob Carruthers certainly has an eye for good image and what captured my attention more than anything was the expressions on the faces of these hard-core soldiers. The majority are taken during the action while only a handful are deliberately posed with a forced smile; the bulk of them demonstrates the stresses and strains of the long fruitless struggle to hold back the giant, numerically superior Soviet war machine. The Waffen-SS Divisions suffered more casualties than any other German units and by the end of the war the majority of the 38 Divisions were virtually wiped out, such was the fanaticism of these determined soldiers.

An essential addition to anyone interested in the activities of the Waffen-SS in the east. The inspiration this book provides to the modelling fraternity alone, both figure and vehicle modellers, is endless.    

Thanks to Charlie Simpson at Pen & Sword for our review copy.


ISBN: 978-1473868366


Price: £14.99

Pages: 160

Format: Softback – 245mm x 190mm

Publisher: Pen & Sword Military