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Victory Was Beyond Their Grasp

With the 272nd Volks-Grenadier Division from the Hurtgen Forest to the Heart of the Reich
by Douglas E. Nash
Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc

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Pub Date: 2015
Format: Hardback with bw illus.
Pages: 374 pp.
Size: 6.00 x 9.50 inches

ISBN: 9781612003054
TB Code: 1904080
Availability: 189 in stock

As the Allies were approaching the German frontier at the beginning of September 1944, the German Armed Forces responded with a variety of initiatives designed to regain the strategic initiative. While the "Wonder Weapons" such as the V-1 flying bomb, the V-2 missile and the Messerschmitt Me-262 jet fighter are widely recognized as being the most prominent of these initiatives upon which Germany pinned so much hope, the Volks-Grenadier Divisions (VGDs) are practically unknown. Often confused with the Volkssturm, the Home Guard militia, VGDs have suffered an undeserved reputation as second-rate formations, filled with young boys and old men suited to serve only as cannon fodder. This groundbreaking book, now reappearing as a new edition, shows that VGDs were actually conceived as a new, elite corps loyal to the National Socialist Party composed of men from all branches of Hitler's Wehrmacht and equipped with the finest ground combat weapons available.