SS-Kavallerie in Osten (SS Cavalry in the East)
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This is an exact copy of the 1942 edition of the superb oversized SS photo book SS Kavallerie im Osten (SS Cavalry in the East). It was published by Verlag Westermann of Braunschweig for the SS-Kavallerie-Brigade, and was especially created for its leaders and men.
Most collectors and many libraries have never seen an actual original example of this book. The book starts with a short history of the origins of the SS-Kavallerie-Brigade (founded by order of Reichsführer-SS Himmler) and their participation in the Wehrmacht invasion of Poland in 1939. The rest of the text covers the start of the “Battle Against Bolshevism”, the invasion of the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941.
There are short stories and chapters about military situations in which horses were needed and could perform better than motorcycles, the endless roads east, towns and villages en route, encounters with the enemy, reconnaissance patrols, the desolation of the large unpopulated areas of the Soviet Paradise, roads that only existed on maps, swamps and marches, the wounded, overpowering the enemy and then losing ground again, language barriers while dealing with the local population, billeting and food supplies, winter battles of 1942 including the fierce fighting around Demjansk south of Leningrad on 17 February 1942, and finally the return to Germany. The far larger portion of this magnificent book however, contains 296 rare pictures (many full-page) of members of the SS-Cavalry Brigade, their uniforms, their horses, SS-Obergruppenführer Jüttner, SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Hermann Fegelein (he married Eva Braun’s sister Gretl and eventually became Adolf Hitler’s brother-in-law), training and horse riding championships, SS troops heading east, crossing rivers, transportation of the wounded, battlefield graves and cemeteries, medal award ceremonies in the field, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler visiting and reviewing his troops, SS men at rest in the most unlikely places, staff meetings in a farm field, Nazi artillery, motorcycles and bicycle troops, the contrasts encountered in the Sowjetparadies, rebuilding destroyed bridges (in the nude), fleeing Russian women and children, SS war correspondents and their typewriters at work in the field, transportation problems in muddy swamps and snowy winter conditions, Soviet war dead, Flak pulled on a horse carriage through the snow, SS-Brigadeführer Fegelein with a newborn foal, etc., etc.
There are also several watercolors of Soviet scenery as well as a few pen and ink illustrations, even six color photos. Inside the front and back covers of the three-pound book there are maps of the route of the SS Cavalry in Poland and the Soviet Union. The last four pages contain the index of both text and photographs.
N.B. THIS IS A GERMAN LANGUAGE BOOK
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