Hitler's Home Guard: Volkssturmmann

Western Front, 1944-45

Hitler's Home Guard: Volkssturmmann cover

Hitler's Home Guard: Volkssturmmann

Western Front, 1944-45

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The creation of the Volkssturm on October 18, 1944 was a desperate measure by the Nazi government; all able-bodied males between the ages of 16 and 60 who were not already members of the German Armed Forces were conscripted into one organization. Poor equipment, lack of training and low morale took their toll on these men, who were unused to fighting and had little interest in needlessly dying just to prolong the Nazi regime. David K. Yelton follows the experience of a Volkssturmmann from his call-to-arms through to his capture and treatment as a POW, examining his reaction to the creation of the German Home Guard and his response to the fighting into which he was thrust.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Chronology · The Volkssturm is Born · Off to a Bad Start, Fall 1944 · Manning the “Westfalenwall” · Combat on the Niederrhein · A Prisoner of War · Returning Home · Afterword: Collecting and Recollecting · Glossary · Bibliography · Color Plate Commentary · Index

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Published 06 Sep 2006
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846030130
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 51 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 110
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Seán Ó’Brógáin

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