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TO BATTLE: The Formation and History of the 14. Gallician SS Volunteer Division Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, October 17, 2008
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This book is a fine addition to literature on WWII and serves as a model of how history should be written. Recently a host of poorly researched and often sensationalised works have been published on the German Army and in particular SS formations. This work stands in vivid counterpoint to these 'potboilers'. The author's impeccable scholarship is readily apparent and the book will be of lasting value. (David M. Glantz)
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This can be a difficult area of history and the author includes personal accounts of veterans whose recollections may well be clouded by the events of the last 60 odd years, but suggests that these should be taken only at face value and should not necessarily be regarded with the same importance as other officially documented evidence, which he supplies in large quantities for those with research requirements. The readers can use their own judgment as to individuals’ perspectives, but it certainly adds a flavour to the narrative, which is very compelling.
The book provides a comprehensive and well researched study of this subject and should be high on recommended reading lists for those interested in the Divisions history and the realities of fighting in WWII. If you have a limited budget and require a detailed and referenced account of this Division, this is the book to have.
I’m interested to see that the author has two new editions shortly being released, which I will look forward to seeing, clearly his ongoing research has provided more new documents and information that will doubtless provide the reader with more insight into this aspect of world history.
Any serious student of this subject is sure to find a wealth of verifiable, useful and fully referenced information. These are complemented with extensive maps, appendices and hundreds of photographs which add a whole new dimension and really bring this book to life.
Unlike so many of the ‘sensationalist’ books on this subject that just repeat parrot fashion unfounded accusations about alleged war crimes, Mr Melnyk offers a balanced insight into why this Division was formed as well as documenting its wartime activities while maintaining an objective standpoint throughout. At the same time the author does not avoid contentious issues and is candid about every aspect of the history of this unit including a wealth of unique information which will undoubtedly be of value to researchers for many years to come. A highly recommended and trustworthy book.