SS Elite: The Senior Leaders of Hitler's Praetorian Guard Volume 1: A-J

Author(s): Max Williams 

ISBN: 9781781554333
Copies in stock: 31
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A detailed examination—in words and pictures—of the principle figures in the SS.
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‘I was following orders.’ The answer most commonly quoted by SS men accused of atrocious crimes after Germany had surrendered in 1945. But who gave those orders? Who was the mastermind behind the sophisticated machinery which allowed men from normal family backgrounds to kill on such a scale? The right man at the right time, fate steered Heinrich Himmler to take control of an organisation destined to carry out Hitler’s racial policies. This study not only sets out in detail how Heinrich Himmler’s daily routine allowed him to implement Nazi strategy, but it also provides illustrations of the man behind much of it, both at work and at home. Of all the personalities of history demonized by post-war writers, Heinrich Himmler ranks among the most reviled. His legacy is one of hatred, violence and cold blooded murder on a vast scale. A Jekyll and Hyde character, variously described by his generation and those who followed as charming, loyal, polite, a pedant, an eccentric, an organizational genius, a fool, a desk killer and a loving father. The camera allows us into his world, albeit temporarily, and we can equate his busy, but mostly mundane schedule with contemporary images frozen in time.

What makes this book unique is the astonishing amount of photographic material, following Himmler on his day to day routine. It is a must read for anyone interested in the enigmatic man and the operations of the Third Reich.

BOOK ISBN 9781781554333
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 656 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 October 2015
ILLUSTRATIONS 1082 black-and-white photographs






Max Williams is a retired police officer with a strong fascination in history. He has spent many years collecting autographs, original images and information about personalities of the Third German Reich which he has built into a private archive. He is the author of a two volume pictorial biography of SS General Reinhard Heydrich and is often acknowledged as an expert on the SS organization and for assisting other authors with historical studies of Hitler’s regime. He is married and lives with his wife and son in the London area.
Friedrich Ludwig Herbert Alpers
Max Amann
Erich Julius Eberhard von dem Bach-Zelewski
Herbert Friedrich Wilhelm Backe
Josef Berchtold
Gottlob Christian Berger
Theodor Friedrich Wilhelm Hermann Berkelmann
Karl Rudolf Werner Best
Wilhelm Bittrich
Ernst Wilhelm Bohle
Martin Ludwig Bormann
Philipp Bouhler
Franz Breithaupt
Walter Buch
Josef Bürckel
Leonardo Conti
Kurt Max Franz Daluege
Richard Walther Oskar Darré
Karl-Maria Demelhuber
Josef Dietrich
Otto Dietrich
Friedrich Karl Freiherr von Eberstein
Joachim Albrecht Leo Eggeling
Theodor Eicke
Gustav August Eigruber
Karl Fiehler
Albert Maria Forster
August Franz Frank v Karl Hermann Frank
Herbert Otto Wilhelm Hermann Gille
Curt Von Gottberg
Ernst-Robert Grawitz
Ulrich Heinrich Emil Greifelt
Arthur Karl Greiser
Karl Michael Gutenberger
Karl August Hankev
Paul Hausser
Erhard Heiden
August Friedrich Heissmeyer
Konrad Ernst Eduard Henlein
Maximilian von Herff
Rudolf Walter Richard Hess
Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich
Friedrich Karl Heinrich August Hildebrandt
Richard Hermann Hildebrandt
Heinrich Luitpold Himmler
Hermann Johann Matthäus Höfle
Otto Ludwig Karl Adam Hofmann
Friedrich August Jeckeln
Hugo Jury
Hans Gustav Gottlob Jüttner