The Waffen-SS in Normandy

June 1944, The Caen Sector

Yves Buffetaut

This volume in the Casemate Illustrated series follows how the Waffen-SS fared in Normandy during June 1944 and whether they deserved their reputation of being the ultimate fighting soldiers.
Publication date:
July 2018
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Series :
Casemate Illustrated
Illustration :
Black and white photos, colour profiles and maps
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ISBN : 9781612006055

Dimensions : 254 X 178 mm
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• The notorious Waffen-SS were often seen as the ultimate fighting soldiers - this book judges whether they deserved this reputation
• Looks at their actions during the Normandy invasion, some involving large tank battles
• Packed with photographs, maps, profiles and explanatory text

For many, the Waffen-SS soldier represents the archetype of the combatant, if not the warrior: well-armed, well-trained, possessing intelligence in combat, imbued with political and ideological fanaticism, he is an elite soldier par excellence, even if a lack of scruples casts a long shadow. However, is this picture true? In the case of the Battle of Normandy, opinions diverged, not only among today's historians, but also amongst the German generals at the time.

In all, the Waffen-SS fielded six divisions during the Battle of Normandy, as well as two heavy battalions of Tiger tanks. But they were by no means a single homogenous entity, for with the exception of II. SS-Panzerkorps, the divisions arrived at the front one after another and were immediately thrown into battle.

This volume in the Casemate Illustrated series examines the Waffen-SS in Normandy during the fierce fighting of June 1944, when they struggled to hold back the Allied advance on Caen, though the picture was by no means one-sided. Extensively illustrated with photographs, tank profiles, maps, and accompanied by biographies of key personnel and explanatory text boxes, this volume gives a clear and accessible account of events, challenging some popular perceptions along the way.


I found this book an intriguing read, hard to put down and quite thought-provoking. This is a book that will suit both historian and modeller alike. Highly recommended.
Army Rumour Service

This concise volume carries a lot of information in a very readable format with plenty of good quality images to support the text…
Scale Military Modelling International Magazine

One book will bring you impressive amount of photos and easily digestable text. Extra knowledge always come handy and here you have easy way to get some extra references for your build.