Waffen-Ss Kursk 1943 (Archive Series) (英語) ハードカバー – 2003/6
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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 In this magnificent series of photo histories, Remy Spezzano presents rare and previously unpublished images detailing the uniforms, equipment and weapons of the Waffen SS divisions employed to stem the tide in 1943.
As has been already mentioned here in reviews for previous volumes, the text is sparse, and most annoying, repetative: 4 pages of identical introductory and explanatory text occurrs in each and every volume; this at least serves the purpose of allowing each individual volume to stand on its own in case you do not purchase the entire set. Whereas the immediately preceeding Vol. 2 provided mainly captions describing the photographs, Vol. 3 begins to veer from that formula by beginning a running account of the Kursk battle, which often has little to do with the specific scenes. The coverage here is from the night of July 4 - 5 through July 7, and is continued in Vol. 4, setting the stage for the subsequent great tank battle at Prochorowka.
Of course, the real reason to consider this set at all is the remarkable set of photos, taken almost in the form of snapshots by three war correspondents of the Waffen-SS. My only question with this format is the appropriateness of particular photos to actions described in the text; I feel like this is a somewhat forced and confusing fit of images to words. Nevertheless, in Vol. 3 we are treated variously to scenes of Russian prisoners; panzergrenadiers moving up; several different kinds of AFV's including Wespe and Hummell SPG's, Flakverling, Sturmgeschutze, SdKfz's, a Schwimmwagen, motorcycles, and several different types of panzers. As is to be expected, the SS photographers have again studiously avoided any shots of German casualties or destroyed equipment. SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Rudolf Sandig of LAH is the "featured" personality this time around, along with the usual good portraits of many of the nameless ( and often very young ) Landsers that made up the German army of the time.