Waffen-SS

Book Review:An der Seite der Wehrmacht: Hitlers ausländische Helfer beim “Kreuzzug gegen den Bolschewismus” 1941-1945.

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Rolf-Dieter MĂĽller. An der Seite der Wehrmacht: Hitlers ausländische Helfer beim “Kreuzzug gegen den Bolschewismus” 1941-1945. Berlin: Christoph Links Verlag, 2007. 280 pp. ISBN 978-3-86153-448-8; EUR 24.90 (cloth), ISBN 978-3-86153-448-8. Reviewed by Jeff Rutherford (Department of History, Wheeling Jesuit University)Published on H-German (April, 2009)Commissioned by Susan R. Boettcher A Reappraisal of Germany and Europe’s “Crusade against Bolshevism” The most savage…

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