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A front line soldier from the Wallonian (French-speaking Belgian) volunteer Waffen-SS campaign on the Eastern Front during World War II provides a gripping, blood-drenched and shocking account of his part in the greatest land war in human history.
From the opening days of the invasion of the Soviet Union, the drive to the Caucasus in 1942, the encirclement of the Cherkassy Pocket and the desperate fighting retreat across the Ukraine and the Baltics, this book recounts the awful cost paid by both sides in the war.
Degrelle, leader of Belgium’s Rexist party, volunteered as a private and eventually rose to one of the highest ranks ever held by a non-German in the Waffen-SS. Details of his daring escape to exile in Spain at the end of the war rounds off this work.
This book is for anyone interested in the soldier’s point of view from the frontline: a raw, bloody, uncensored and brutal account which provides a rare insight into the conflict and is guaranteed to leave the reader emotionally drained—and filled with hope that such a conflict may never again curse any European nation.
Preface by the Author
Chapter One: Rush to the Ukraine
Chapter Two: Winter in the Donets
Chapter Three: The Battle of Kharkov
Chapter Four: To the Caucasus on Foot
Chapter Five: Dug In on the Dnieper
Chapter Six: Surrounded at Cherkassy
Chapter Seven: The Epic of Estonia
Chapter Eight: The Safety Valve of the Ardennes
Chapter Nine: Fight to the Death in Pomerania
Chapter Ten: The Agony of the Baltic
Chapter Eleven: “Alea Jacta Est.”
FootnotesBiographie de l'auteur :
Léon Degrelle (1906 – 1994) was a Walloon Belgian politician, who was leader of the Belgian Rexist Party before World War II. In 1936, Degrelle's party won 21 deputies and 12 senators and became one of the largest parties. After the outbreak of the Second World War, the Rexist Party split and Degrelle was arrested as a “suspected collaborator.” Upon the defeat of France, Degrelle was released by the Germans and restarted a new Rexist party, this time closely allied to National Socialism. When Germany invaded the Soviet Union, Degrelle enlisted as a private in the Walloon legion of the Wehrmacht in August 1941. In June 1943, the Walloons were transferred from the Wehrmacht to Waffen SS and became the 5th SS Volunteer Sturmbrigade Wallonien. He served for the rest of the war on the Eastern Front, with his personal bravery and ability propelling his promotion to Generalmajor der Waffen-SS d. R. right before the end of the war. He received the Ritterkreuz (Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross) from Hitler's hands, who also told him that "if I had a son, I would want him to be like you." At the end of the war, Albert Speer provided him with an aircraft which was flown to Spain, where he was given asylum and lived until his death.
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