In the Fire of the Eastern Front: The Experiences of a Dutch by Hendrick C. Verton

By Hendrick C. Verton

  • Extraordinary tale of a Dutch volunteer within the Waffen-SS
  • Vivid information on SS education and strive against at the japanese Front
  • Account of the little-known siege of Breslau in early 1945

    Dutch SS money owed are very infrequent, quite ones that describe recruiting, education, and frontline provider as thoroughly and colorfully as within the fireplace of the jap entrance. Hendrick C. Verton volunteered for the Waffen-SS in early 1941 and fought at the jap entrance until eventually the tip of the battle as a member of the fifth SS Panzer department and SS Regiment Besslein.

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    Pointless restraint was at an end. At the opening of the Organised Winter Relief on 4 September 1940, Hitler declared, " they come in the night, indiscriminately dropping their bombs on residential areas, and I have, after three months, not retaliated. 1 believed that such madness would be sropped. We are now answering night for night. If the British Air Force drops two, three or four rons of bombs, then we wi ll in one night drop 150, 250 or 300 tons . If they declare that they will increase their attacks on our cities, then we will raze their cities ro the ground".

    They continued with their declaration of war, which would escalate with worldwide results. Poland had to be used to suppress Germany's competitors, was the ensuing political comment. " was the question then asked. The French soldier was already tired of the war and it had really not begun. For them, politics were a fraud and they had no intention of 'dying for Danzig'. As the first allied British Expeditionary Forces landed in Cherbourg, in September 1939, the sum total of a reception committee consisted of one naval representative, two policemen , a couple of old ' market women' and a fisherman.

    I ...... ~II- ........ ~ .. , .....!... Nt ...... ~ .. _ . . , . . . " ' _ ...... ~ ~ . I ... 1: ...... " "~ ... a _... ... ~ Paris has fallen! The headli ne of the Hamburger Fremdenblatt on 14 June 1940 36 IN THE FIRE OF THE EASTERN FRONT The operations of the Wehrmacht then progressed, concentrating on Belgium and France. ' Lady luck' threw her dice to their advantage, allowing them to break through French lines, with an army of tanks, which in size, mass, manoeuvrability and power had never been seen before.

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