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Waffen-SS Tiger Crews at Kursk: The Men of SS Panzer Regiments 1, 2, and 3 in Operation Citadel, July 5–15, 1943

Col. French L. MacLean United States Army (Ret).

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Kursk is often labeled the “Greatest Tank Battle in History”. The Wehrmacht fielded a total of just 120 Tiger tanks during the engagement, including 35 from the 2nd SS Panzer Corps. This corps comprised of the three most controversial divisions of the Second World War: Leibstandarte, Das Reich, and Totenkopf. The war crimes committed by these units (at places like Oradour, Malmedy, and Le Paradis) remain contentious topics of discussion to this day, and their fighting qualities have been analyzed for decades. By examining a focused group of men in great detail, specifically the 226 Tiger crewmen at Kursk, the author provides an insight into the sprawling and enigmatic organization that was the Waffen-SS. This project aims to scrape away the mythology surrounding the most feared soldiers, who crewed the most iconic tank, at one of the most vicious battles of the Second World War.

Size: 7" x 10" x 7/8" | 120 b/w photos and maps | 224 pp
ISBN13: 9780764360473

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Colonel French L. MacLean, United States Army (Ret.), has written 12 books on World War II including a two-volume set on Stalingrad, a two-volume set on the Luftwaffe, Dönitz’s Crews, and recently American Hangman, the amazing story of US Army MSgt. John C. Woods. During his dozen years in the army in Germany, he met numerous war veterans to include winners of Germany’s highest decorations and participants at Kursk. He served as operations officer in the 5th Battalion of the 18th Infantry Regiment in the 3rd US Armored Division “Spearhead” in combat with the Iraqi Republican Guard during Operation Desert Storm. He participated first-hand in the fighting, recalling as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle commander, “I had a great gunner and superb driver!”