In Final Defense of the Reich

The Destruction of the 6th SS Mountain Divison "Nord"
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Published:October 15, 2010
By Stephen M. Rusiecki (Author)

In April 1945, the American 71st Infantry Division exacted the final vestiges of life from the Reich’s 6th SS Mountain Division in central Germany. This analysis of the battle demonstrates that the Wehrmacht’s last gasp on the Western Front was anything but a whimper as some historians charge. Instead, Stephen Rusiecki argues, the Nazis fought to exact every last bit of pain possible. The book follows the histories of both the German and American divisions from their inceptions until their fateful confrontation and serves as a testament to the human experience in war, from the perspective of the soldiers and the civilians who suffered the brunt of the fighting.

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Product Details
  • Subject: World War II
  • Hardback : 512 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (October 15, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1591147441
  • ISBN-13: 9781591147442
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
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  • "Rusiecki's work is an excellent complement to anyone's library, and, as an addition to professional military literature writ large, it is highly recommended."Army History

Lt. Col. Stephen M. Rusiecki, USA (Ret.), is Dean of Academics and Deputy Commandant of the U.S. Army Inspector General School at Fort Belvoir, VA. A resident of Dumfries, VA., he is also the author of a book on the Battle for Losheimergraben.

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In Final Defense of the Reich
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
By: Bodo Heil
A very good book. I lived in this time in this German area in Hesse in the Wetterau and was eight years old.


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