Guy Walters

Sinister Chances

The SS: A New History

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Of all the aspects of the Third Reich, it is perhaps the SS that attracts the most junk history. Observed through the prisms of Hollywood and various war mags such as Commando and War Picture Library, the popular image of the SS man is of a schlock figure, the stuff of fancy dress parties and fetishists’ conventions. And as an institution, the SS is regarded as the embodiment of military prowess. For some, SS men were the meanest and best soldiers.

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