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From the Arctic Circle to the Don River: SS Regiment “Thule” 1940-1943 by Richard Landwehr

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From the Arctic Circle to the Don River: SS Regiment “Thule” 1940-1943 by Richard Landwehr-This is a hardcover first edition, published in December 2011. This is the first book to cover the story of the largely unheralded SS Regiment “Thule” in words and in pictures. SS-Regiment “Thule” began as a battalion-sized security force in Norway in 1940 and ended up as the prototype for a “rapid light infantry” deployment force, about a half-century ahead of its time. The intent in 1942 was to convey most of the “Thule” personnel either on motorcycles or in fast vehicles so that they could be sent rapidly to wherever they were most needed. Unfortunately, the debilitating battles around Kharkov in early 1943 put an end to this concept. The so-called “motorcycle-rifle” regiment became a luxury that the Waffen-SS could no longer afford. In this book you will get a glimpse of the impressive soldiers of SS Regiment “Thule” in training, at their barracks, in transit, in the field and in combat. In the savage battle against Soviet communism, they did their duty to the utmost and this volume will hopefully give some small inkling of their valor and sacrifice. This book contains 232 photos and illustrations, and 2 maps. The dustcover is in place. This book is in like-new condition.