Waffen-SS Kursk 1943 (Archive Series) (英語) ハードカバー – 2003/9
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Kursk was a crucial battle on the vast Eastern Front and a battle in which Hitler's elite, the Waffen SS, distinguished itself as never before. In this magnificent series of photo histories, Remy Spezzano presents rare and previously unpublished images detailing the uniforms, equipment and weapons of the Waffen SS divisions employed to stem the tide in 1943.
Volume 4 of an exquisite series of collector-quality photo books by RZM Publishing. Embracing an aesthetic seen only in high-end art photography books, RZM presents over 28 rolls of newly discovered combat film shot by six Waffen-SS Kriegsberichters (War Correspondents) during the renowned East Front battle of Kursk, July 1943. In addition to being an invaluable visual reference for all students of military history, this poignant six volume series focuses on the pure human experience of the frontline infantryman, a subject too often eclipsed by the grandeur of the political and military landscape of the Second World War.
Printed on deluxe European semi-matte art paper for unparalleled photographic reproduction, each page literally pulls you into the images, making you feel as though you are a part of the action. This documentary style series presents the photographs in the actual sequence in which they were taken, creating a visual diary unlike anything previously published on the subject. Volume 4 contains extraordinary images of the men and armored vehicles of the 1st SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, in action and at rest.
The narrative for Volume 4 continues right where Volume 3 left off with the units of the SS Panzerkorps continuing north on their mission to isolate the massive Russian sailent. Once again the same 3 SS war correspondents, Buschel, Groenert, and King, turn their cameras to events occurring from July 8 through 10. ( Actually, it's impossible to determine exactly when any of these photos were taken, but the story told in the captions unfolds that far. ) This time out, subjects include: various panzers, Marders, Sturmgeschutze, SdKfz's, and motorcycles moving forward; Hummels preparing to fire; more prisoners and knocked-out Russian tanks; a hapless shot-down Russian pilot recieving medical aid; and as always tired, exhausted Landsers taking whatever break they can, even astride their motorcycles and other vehicles. Featured this time are an unnamed correspondent and SS-Standartenfuhrer Heinz Harmel, later a general commanding the 10th SS PzDiv "Frundsberg". As previously there is a good selection of portrait studies of individual nameless soldaten.
Truthfully, each volume in this series seems much the same as the others, including the identical introductions; if you are interested, but perhaps not enough to collect all 6 that make up this set, it really doesn't matter - each is worthwhile on its own merit, providing a once-lost look at a now long-ago place and moment in time.